Taking the extended route from the NFC Wild Card Round, star quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the mighty San Francisco 49ers managed to advance past their second straight playoff opponent on the road, this time toppling the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte.
People doubted they could survive the sub-zero temperatures in Green Bay. Then they doubted they could handle the physical punishment by Carolina. And both times, the 49ers persevered.
Now it's on to the NFC Championship for a third year in a row under coach Jim Harbaugh and a second consecutive time behind the 26-year-old dual-threat weapon behind center. With their consistency and playmaking ability on offense, combined with a tenacious defense, the Niners look like they can defeat anybody, anywhere, anytime.
Following this most recent statement win over one of the NFL's toughest defenses and promising young quarterbacks, we'll examine some of the takeaways for San Francisco going forward.
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