Patrick Willis intercepts Cam Newton off deflection (GIF)

Dec 29, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis (52) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The NFC divisional round match up between the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers has been an incredibly physical game throughout the first quarter. It’s been a defensive struggle, but the 49ers were able to get the biggest play of the first quarter.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton misfired a pass off his back foot and threw behind Brandon LaFell, before the ball tipped into the hands of 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis.

It was great focus from Willis and the turnover allowed the 49ers to drive down the field and score another field goal that built their lead to six points.

[GIF via @gifdsports]

Topics: Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers

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