The Niners are a good team. Everyone (well most people) here knows it.
But us Panthers fans are fighting for the same type of respect for our team that you guys have already earned the last two seasons.
When I watch these two teams, I don't see a big difference. I think we are every bit as good as you guys.
This game Sunday could go anyway. We could get blown out, we could blow you guys out, or it could be a close game. It is going to come down to who takes care of the ball.
My gut (and analysis) feels like this will be a low possession, low scoring game. And mistakes are going to be magnified.
I think these are two really good teams, and in order for you guys to beat us, or in order for us to beat you, our teams are going to have to play clean games. Penalties, drops, and turnovers for either team will be the difference between winning or getting crushed.
We aren't taking you guys lightly or think you guys aren't good, you are, but we do feel that you guys aren't better than us and if we play our game and take care of the ball we will win. And I am sure you guys feel the same way.
I can see how you get there.
These teams are far more similar than they are different. They are built the same way and seek to beat you in the same manner.
I think the biggest differences are on the O-Line, the Secondary (which seems odd to say, but Reid is BETTER than Goldson), and Coaching. That last one has more to do with my respect for the SF coaching staff than any lack of respect for the panthers staff.
I think the Niners will win. I would not be at all suprised tho if the Panthers win. You guys are on the upswing in a big way.