Since professional wrestling icon "Nature Boy" Ric Flair spoke to the team last week, 49ers tight end Vernon Davis was asked whom he wanted to address the team before Sunday's NFC Divisional round game at Carolina. Davis smiled and named R&B icon Beyonce.

He probably wants her to sing the hit single "Irreplaceable," so when he catches a touchdown, he can have the lyrics "you must not know 'bout me. You must not know 'bout me" already stuck in his head.

Surely, the Panthers must not know 'bout Davis. He missed the second half of the 49ers' 10-9 home loss to Carolina in November with a concussion. Without him, San Francisco's offense packed the potency of a wet firecracker.

With Colin Kaepernick left to force-feed Anquan Boldin, Mario Manningham and Vance McDonald, the 49ers failed to muster a point after halftime. When the game hung in the balance, and the home team desperately needed a score, San Francisco desperately missed its big, reliable target.

That's why even though the schedule shows Carolina won in San Francisco, it still hasn't beaten these 49ers. And Davis is eager to show the Panthers how much of a difference he makes.

"I can't wait. I can't wait," Davis said. "I didn't play in that game. I think I went out before the half. But I'm excited to get back in there. A fresh new start. We get to play the game all over again, another opportunity. It's going to be pretty exciting, and I look forward to the match."

Davis is an All-Pro tight end in the regular season. In the postseason, he's producing like a Hall of Famer.

In Sunday's win over Green Bay, he caught his sixth postseason touchdown -- tying him with Keith Jackson and Jay Novacek. The only tight end with more playoff scores is Raiders legend Dave Casper.