Candlestick Park is officially done now; the Seattle Seahawks NFC Divisional Playoff win over the New Orleans Saints on Saturday ensured that.
The winner of Sunday’s NFC Divisional Playoff matchup in Charlotte, N.C., between the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers will head to Space Needle City next Sunday for the NFC Championship.
San Francisco is looking for a third straight trip to the NFC title game; Carolina hasn’t gone since losing in … where else? … Seattle after the 2005 season.
This is the first-ever postseason meeting between the 49ers and the Panthers. San Francisco is 4-5 all-time against the Panthers on the road, 3-5 in Bank of America Stadium (the teams’ first meeting in Carolina was at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium in 1995).
The Panthers have won the last two meetings in Charlotte, but the 49ers haven’t played there since Oct. 24, 2010.
It’s one of those early East Coast kickoffs for a West Coast team, with the game scheduled for 10:05 a.m. Pacific.
The rest of The Docket for Sunday looks a little something like this:
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Cal Golden Bears at Utah Utes, noon
The Golden Bears go to Salt Lake City looking for their eighth straight win over the Utes. Cal is 9-4 all-time against Utah.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Stanford Cardinal at Oregon Ducks, 2 p.m.
Both teams come in off losses—Stanford lost at Oregon State Thursday night while the No. 17 Ducks were being upset at home by Cal. The Cardinal leads the all-time series with Oregon 79-49 and the teams split last season’s two meetings. Oregon picked up the home-court win 77-66 on Feb. 23. Stanford last beat the Ducks in Eugene on Feb. 26, 2011, an 88-71 victory.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Stanford Cardinal at Colorado Buffaloes, 2 p.m.
The Cardinal are 3-2 all-time at Boulder and 10-4 against the Buffaloes overall. Stanford won last year’s game at Colorado 57-40 on Jan. 4, 2013.
NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Sacramento Kings, 3 p.m.
The Cavaliers come to Sacramento winners of two in a row, while the Kings have also won their last two games. Since moving to Sacramento in 1985, the Kings are just 12-14 at home against Cleveland, but they posted a 124-118 win at Sleep Train Arena last Jan. 14, snapping a string of six straight losses at home to the Cavs.