CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In the giddy aftermath of another 49ers' playoff victory, quarterback Colin Kaepernick and receiver Anquan Boldin took turns asking each other questions during postgame media availability.
Boldin's in-jest question to Kaepernick: "Why didn't you throw the ball to Anquan earlier?"
Kaepernick: "Because you were talking about my mama."
Maybe so, but Kaepernick found Boldin eventually. Boldin had no receptions in the first quarter, but he finished with eight catches for 136 yards, including a 45-yarder that stood out to coach Jim Harbaugh.
"I think that was the big one, the double move, the slant and go," Harbaugh said. "They had jumped some shorter routes and had some hands on some balls. We ran a slant and go, and we were able to get it wide open. Their eyes were in the backfield, and we were able to convert it."
That catch gave San Francisco a first down at the Carolina 2-yard line, and Kaepernick scored two plays later for a 20-10 lead.
Boldin said that the Panthers' attention to Michael Crabtree, who missed the teams' first meeting with an injury, probably gave him more space. "That's a good part of our offense — we have weapons all around," Boldin said.
Boldin is in his first season with the 49ers, coming over in a trade with Baltimore for a sixth-round draft pick. Offensive lineman Alex Boone said Boldin should have been more valued by Baltimore.
"I think he's worth a first-round pick," Boone said. "I think the Ravens are really kicking themselves right now."
Boone then paid Boldin perhaps the ultimate compliment from a lineman, noting the receiver's blocking skills: "He could play offensive line, or at least tight end."