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NFL: 49ers earn shot at Seahawks

by: COURTESY OF MICHAEL WORKMAN - Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman reacts to the team's NFL playoff victory Saturday at home over New Orleans.Rivarly time. Familar faces. Together again.

It'll be the San Francisco 49ers versus their division rival, the Seattle Seahawks, for a trip to the Super Bowl.

The 49ers earned their spot in the NFC title game with a 23-10 victory Sunday over the Carolina Panthers at Charlotte, N.C.

San Francisco will travel to Seattle to play the Seahawks at 3:30 p.m. Sunday (FOX) at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle beat the 49ers 29-3 at home on Sept. 15, but lost 19-17 to the Niners at San Francisco on Dec. 8.

The 49ers advanced Sunday with three field goals and two offensive touchdowns.

One of those TDs came at the end of the first half, an 80-yard drive capped by Colin Kaepernick's 1-yard TD toss to Vernon Davis for a 13-10 lead.

The other march, in the third quarter, went 77 yards and ended when Kaepernick ran 4 yards for the score and a 20-10 advantage.

Carolina QB Cam Newton completed 16 of 25 passes for 267 yards and one touchdown, a 31-yard throw to Steve Smith in the second quarter. Newton got 59 of his passing yards on the next-to-last play of the game.

Newton also ran 10 times for a team-high 54 yards.

Kaepernick went 15 of 28 in the air for 196 yards. He ran eight times for 15 yards.

Newton threw two interceptions, including one deep in SF territory with 4 1/2 minutes remaining; Kaepernick had no picks.

Frank Gore led 49er rushers with 84 yards on 17 carries.

Anquan Boldin caught eight passes for 136 yards for San Francisco.