CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Colin Kaepernick raced into the end zone, then pretended to rip open his shirt with both hands imitating Cam Newtons Superman touchdown celebration. Three years of frustration had come to a head. "Just a little shoutout," Kaepernick said. To whom? "I think you know the answer," Kaepernick said with a grin. Kaepernick said he "will never forget" that he was selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft, 35 spots behind Newton, the Heisman Trophy winner and the top pick that season. On Sunday, he outplayed his quarterback counterpart, throwing one touchdown pass and running for another score as the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Carolina Panthers 23-10 to advance to the NFC title game for the third straight season. Kaepernick completed 15 of 28 passes for 196 yards in the divisional playoff win, avenging his worst statistical performance of the season two months ago against the Panthers. "Thats not the first, nor will it be the last time somebody does that," Newton said of Kaepernicks copycat display before leaving the postgame podium. Anquan Boldin had eight catches for 136 yards and Frank Gore ran for 84 yards on 17 carries for the 49ers (14-4), who will visit Seattle next Sunday looking for a return trip to the Super Bowl. "I think were the two teams that everybody was looking at from the beginning," Kaepernick said. "Its going to be a knockdown, drag-out game." The 49ers will have their hands full. San Francisco (14-4) split two games with the Seahawks this season, but lost 29-3 at CenturyLink Field in September. The 49ers were missing receiver Michael Crabtree in that lopsided loss. Crabtree only had three catches for 26 yards against Carolina, but Boldin said he drew plenty of double teams that allowed him to get open. "Thats the great thing about our team -- we have weapons all around," Boldin said. "You try to take one guy out and you still have two or three guys left who can make big plays." The 49ers held Newton in check, intercepting him twice and sacking him five times while stopping the Panthers (12-5) twice on the 1-yard line in the first half. Newton finished with 267 yards passing and had 54 yards on 10 carries, but the Panthers only found the end zone once -- on a 31-yard TD strike to Steve Smith. It was a rough playoff debut for Newton. Linebacker Ahmad Brooks stopped Newton on a fourth-down sneak early in the second. Later, Brooks vaulted over the line and past Newton -- he was called for offsides, but the 49ers showed the Panthers it wouldnt be easy. "Terrible ending to a great season," Newton said. Almost fittingly, he misfired into the end zone on the final play of the game. Kaepernick was held to 91 yards passing, 16 yards rushing and sacked six times in the first meeting with Carolina, a 10-9 loss at Candlestick Park. But he played efficient football Sunday. "We had to get settled down," Kaepernick said. "We came out, they did some unorthodox things against us. We settled down, we got into our rhythm, we started making plays." San Francisco led 13-10 at the half when Kaepernick scored midway through in the third quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run off a read option. The Panthers couldnt answer, failing to score in the second half. The 49ers took a 13-10 lead into the locker room after Vernon Davis caught a 1-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone from Kaepernick with 5 seconds left in the first half. Davis was initially ruled out of the end zone on a play where 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh raced on to the field, drawing a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Harbaugh said he wasnt disputing the catch, but rather that the play clock continued to run after the play. All turned out fine for the 49ers though, as officials overturned the call ruling Davis dragged his left foot and scored. 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I think that kind of showed today." Reynolds struck out five, including three in the seventh, and walked none in his first big league win since July 2, 2011, against Kansas City for the Rockies. The eight innings represented the longest outing of his career. "To go out there and eat up some innings and give our bullpen a little bit of a rest was big," Reynolds said. "I just tried to let the whole coming back to Coors Field not even factor in." Phillips helped put Reynolds at ease with a big night at the plate. The All-Star second baseman scored three runs, drove in two and just missed becoming the first Reds player to hit for the cycle since Eric Davis did it against the San Diego Padres on June 2, 1989. Phillips struck out and grounded sharply to third in his last two at-bats. "It would have been nice to get it done, but tonight was all about Reynolds," Phillips said. "He pitched his butt off. Im happy for him to go eight innings like that. We needed this win and for him to go out and pitch lights out, he kept us in the game. He kept the ball down and Im very proud of him." Phillips, whose two RBIs gave him a career-best 99 on the season, began thhe night with an RBI triple that rolled to the centre-field wall.dddddddddddd He scored on Joey Vottos groundout. Phillips also connected in the third off Juan Nicasio for his 17th home run, then doubled to left in the fifth and scored. Colorados Todd Helton remained one hit shy of 2,500, going 0 for 4 with three strikeouts a night after homering twice and matching a career high with six RBIs. "You can be great one game and have the hat trick the next," Helton said. The Reds, leading 3-0, added three more runs in the fifth. Shin-Soo Choo, who had three hits, singled to start the inning and Phillips doubled, his third extra-base hit of the game. 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