NFC Playoffs: Niners, Panthers square off for trip to Seattle

The NFC Divisional Playoffs are half done after the Seattle Seahawks downed a game New Orleans Saints club yesterday in Seattle. They will host the winner of today’s contest.

San Francisco 49ers (13-4) at Carolina Panthers (12-4) (Sunday, FOX, 1:05 PM ET)

Opening the postseason on the road, San Francisco won 23-20 at Green Bay to advance to the Divisional round for the third consecutive season under head coach Jim Harbaugh. Phil Dawson kicked three field goals, including the game-winner as time expired, and Colin Kaepernick passed for 227 yards and rushed for 98.

“It was amazing to get that win,” says Kaepernick, who improved to 3-1 in his postseason career. “We came back, fought and played hard.”

In the victory at Green Bay, wide receiver Michael Crabtree had eight catches for 125 yards and Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis had a 28-yard touchdown catch, his sixth postseason TD in six career playoff games.

“They got us the first time,” says Pro Bowl linebacker NaVorro Bowman of the Panthers, who defeated the 49ers 10-9 in Week 10. “What’s on our minds is to get them now. It’s the playoffs. Win or go home.”


The Panthers tied a franchise record with 12 wins and won the division for the fourth time in team history. Carolina had five players selected to the Pro Bowl: DE Greg Hardy (1st), C Ryan Kalil (4th), LB Luke Kuechly (1st), QB Cam Newton (2nd) & FB Mike Tolbert (1st).

“This is going to be a new venture for me and I’m going to try and make the most of it,” says Newton, who is making his postseason debut. “You have to play each and every play like it’s your last because it may be.”

Carolina ranked second in the NFL in points allowed (241), total defense (301.3 yards per game) and rushing defense (86.9). Kuechly and Thomas Davis were the only linebacker teammates to each record at least 120 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions. Hardy, who tied the single-season team record with 15 sacks (Kevin Greene, 1998), is the first player in NFL history to enter the postseason after posting at least three sacks in his team’s final two games.

“This is my first time in the playoffs and it’s exciting,” says Hardy. “I can’t wait to see what’s next. I want to enjoy it.”

- NFL Media




171 comments
MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Bulls lineup would look like


Noah-Love-Dunleavy-Butler-Rose


Or


Noah-Gasol-Love-Butler-Rose...

saintknick
saintknick

Knicks waived Shannon by the way - up on the phone, but not on my comp

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Jake Fischer: I've never heard Sixers have truly been interested in Dion Waiters & swapping Thad's professionalism for a gunner doesn't seem like Hinkie. Twitter @JakeLFischer

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Sam Amick: Even before chatter about Bulls' offer (see @Chris Sheridan), some close to situation had been saying Love would likely wind up in Chicago Twitter @sam_amick -

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Joe Cowley: Per source: Forman put a deadline on TWolves response so that there isn't this back-and-forth playing the Cavs and Bulls against each other. If this is going down it could be going down quicker than expected. Twitter @suntimes_hoops -

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Joe Cowley: Bulls felt Timberwolves were initially bluffing to drive up the price Tue. night, but in backchannels with Love, felt like Cavs were close. Forman and Pax are in a win-now window, and made the decision that Love in Chicago is much better than Love in Cleveland with James. On the TWolves side, there is great pressure to start winning, and another rebuild with the Cavs deal is not ideal. Twitter @suntimes_hoops -

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

July 23, 2014 | 02:13 PM ET Update Joe Cowley: According to a Timberwolves source, the Bulls made a "significant offer'' for Kevin Love this morning and it's being "heavily considered.'' Twitter -


It will be the "Love-a-bulls!"

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Joe Cowley: According to the source, Timberwolves reached out to Bulls last night to let them know Cavs offer was best on the table. Gar Forman played poker face for about 12 hours, and then pushed all the chips in this morning. Confirmed Taj and McDermott as well as "other assets.'' Mirotic is still unconfirmed. Twitter @suntimes_hoops -

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

PLAYGROUND BALL IS DYING:


AT RUCKER PARK in New York, people sat on rooftops and climbed trees to watch Julius Erving play. In Louisville, Kentucky, Artis Gilmore would pull up in his fancy car, still wearing his fancy suits, and just ball. Kevin Durant first measured the worth of his game on the D.C. playgrounds, and Arthur Agee chased his hoop dream in Chicago. The Philadelphia outdoor courts once boasted a who's who of the city's best ballers, and in Los Angeles, playground legends with names such as Beast, Iron Man and Big Money Griff played on the same concrete as Magic and Kobe.

That was then, a then that wasn't all that long ago.

Now? Now the courts are empty, the nets dangling by a thread. The crowds that used to stand four deep are gone, and so are the players. Once players asked "Who's got next?" Now the question is "Anyone want to play?" And the answer seems to be no, at least not here, not outside.


http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/11216972/playground-basketball-dying


Good read.


I Don't know what they talking about, I still see the courts on the street filled, but I guess the glamour and ritz stuff with guys coming and playing is probably passing, but I don't see the playground game dying.


rgm891
rgm891

Robert Randolph stated Friday at noon. The Trade will be done. It's probably for Kevin Love to Cleveland knowing him...

jax13
jax13

That's gonna be some injured reserve for bulls if they get love.....

Marvel_
Marvel_

Phil will make his trade right after Minny/Love so it gets little press.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@MeloStat301 I did read that whatever is being put out there about the bulls is really coming from Minnesota's front office to drive up the price. Going to be interesting...kind of lol

KnowLedge
KnowLedge

@MeloStat301 Parks are always packed, they probably talking about High profile names not street balling anymore

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Knicks_Fanatic  Wait a minute...Robert Randolph is in West Orange??  Is that where he lives??  Could be key...because..well...Steve Mills lives in West Orange...is Steve leaking info??  LOL.



*Conspiracy over*


MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Knicks_Fanatic  Well, Wiggins WAS the highest touted High School player since LeBron James....as far as people even comparing the two..but its silly for Randolph to say that...LeBron is a proven champion...he isn't worried about some rook.

Marvel_
Marvel_

@Knicks_Fanatic



had no choice really. He was not eligible for college...why not bank a cool mill

rico
rico

@rgm891 Is Robert Randolph the official FO snitch of the NY Knicks now?



Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Marvel_ @Knicks_Fanatic 

Take the money. That cool million will pay for college, should he ever want to go. So from the Congo to Texas to China. He gets around quite a bit.

rgm891
rgm891

@thatzagoodpoint That sounds absolutely amazing. The heat and barbeque food for Felton now.  He will never make it to the gym.

rgm891
rgm891

@barnaby87 @rgm891 He should be riding a bus or ride a train out of NY. Lmao and he probably did.

jax13
jax13

Oh yea, the trade......

Marvel_
Marvel_

@rgm891 


Imagine if its something Simple like Shump for a future 1st lol



All the Rudy,Smoove, etc talk down the drain.!

tjhassan3
tjhassan3

@MeloStat301 @grand_puba Wouldn't they be giving up gibson in the trade though? Regardless, I'm positive Pau would be disappointed if he was relegated to 6th man.

Marvel_
Marvel_

@thatzagoodpoint 


Something  to to do with the shady Dion Sanders prep school he attended and looming Ncaa violations.


The Kid also claims its a move to benefit his mother/family financially but who knows...

jax13
jax13

As per Friday night knicks....

goldbuddha
goldbuddha

It seems like misfortune follows those who deny the Zen Master lol

rico
rico

@jax13 if he keeps snitching and leaking on the FO, his friday nights are going to be busy working at Taco Bell

Marvel_
Marvel_

@purehussle


The legend of Shump continues....



(I agree it should be for a package, but that future 1st would have just as much value as shump....but hey....)

rico
rico

@thatzagoodpoint @rico @jax13 Time or a new jingle anyways. The way Dolan and Phil like to control the narrative, snitches and leakers like RR will be iced out of MSG fast.