CHARLOTTE — This is the live blog for the third quarter of the 49ers’ divisional playoff game against the Panthers. I’ll update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
11:51 Dawson boots the kickoff out of the back of the end zone for a touchback.
11:53 The Panthers go three-and-out as Newton’s pass to Steve Smith gets batted away on third-and-four. Dixon almost blocks the punt. James makes a fair catch at the 49ers’ 23.
12:01 Kaepernick completes a 45-yard pass to Boldin and then two plays later runs the ball in the end zone on a read-option. 20-10 49ers.
12:04 Ginn returns the kick to the Panthers’ 24.
12:17 The Panthers move the ball at the way down to the 49ers’ 29, but Newton gets sacked on back-to-back plays and loses 16 yards, knocking the Panthers out of field goal position. James makes a fair catch at the 49ers’ 11.
12:19 Quintin Mikell has a foot injury and will not return.
12:21 The 49ers face second-and-9 from their 12 when the fourth quarter begins.