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#1 Zod

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:35 AM

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This Sunday, the "Underdog" Carolina Panthers face the San Francisco 49ers in what should prove to be the most physical playoff game so far this post season.

 

While nearly every national media player is bathing the 49ers in adoration (mainly for ratings purposes), I don't buy into it, not for a second. According to them pedestrian receiver Michael Crabtree is the second coming of Jerry Rice. Why? Well, because he played well against the worst defenders in the league last week. Genius.

 

Here are just a few popular notions in the national media debunked:

 

San Francisco has a far superior offense.

While the 49ers do score an average of only 3 more points per game than the Panthers, the Panthers win in passing yards, third down conversion percentage, and most importantly Time of Possession. That last one is key. This game could certainly come down to which defense is more rested. The winner of the TOP battle will win this game.

 

Kaepernick and Newton are equal.

A laughable notion at best. Cam Newton is superior to Colin Kaepernick in every way. Cam has a higher completion percentage. Cam has more passing yards. Cam has more touchdowns. Cam has more rushing yards. All of this with less weapons and a less than stellar offensive line. Sorry Niners fans, Kaep is no Cam.

 

The 49ers Defense is equal to the Panthers defense

While the 49ers do have a good defense, it isn't quite at the level of Carolina. Carolina wins in nearly every statistical category. Points per game, rushing yards allowed, passing yards allowed, all in the Panthers favor.

 

Looking at all of this information and taking into consideration it is the Panthers who are playing at home after resting for a week, it becomes clear the Underdog title is nothing but large market media bias.

 

 

 

 

 



#2 Kurb

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:38 AM

Making the Panthers home dogs equates to Vegas doing us a favor.

 

I can only imagine the chatter in the locker room.



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:38 AM

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#4 ladypanther

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:39 AM

That will make victory even sweeter.  Panthers will be underdogs all the way to Feb.



#5 carpanfan96

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:41 AM

It sure worked for Vegas with all the betting on the 49ers moving the line quite a bit. I'd be surprised if the Panther's aren't using the 49ers being favorites as bulletin board material to fire up an already fired up group.



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:41 AM

The media wants us out of the playoffs. That's all there is to it. There is a better story line if the 9ers play the Seachickens, in their opinion.

 

We will get no respect until we win the Super Bowl.



#7 cbully

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:46 AM

I don't want to hear anything about luck when we win this time... and certainly I don't want to hear "it was us, we didn't play like we know we do..." Kaep's comments after that reg season game is what started this grudge. 



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:47 AM

I also like the notion that Carolina will lose because San Fran is playing better football now than they were when the teams first met... 

 

While it may be true that SF is playing better now, it is also true that Carolina is as well...

 

 

SF has been tabbed as the 'hottest' team in football right now, after winning 7 in a row...  But I am comfortable challenging that with Carolinas 11 wins in the last 12 games...

 

Either way, these are 2 fantastic teams, built around solid defenses, and offenses that try to minimize mistakes and control the time of possession...  I believe this will be a close game, and could likely be won by whichever team is able to get a 'break' during the game at a key time...  A long punt return...  A long QB scramble...  A blown pass interference call (God forbid)...  Some sort of 'X Factor' that swings the momentum of the game...

 

I also believe that the crowd can make a difference...  Carolina has long been tabbed a wine and cheese atmosphere...  I believe that will be debunked this weekend...  This fanbase is hungry, and it will show this weekend...



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:47 AM

I am sure the players in the locker are ticked! They are going to come out with fire and the 12th man will be rocking come Sunday. "Experts" are already predicting the 49ers vs Seahawks. It is going to be so funny when we beat the 49ers and Saints luck up to beat the Seahawks. I am not sure why everyone is going nuts over Crabtree. He is a good route runner with good hands but people are acting like he is Rany Moss combined with Jerry Rice. Come Sunday, one team will be left standing. Call us the underdogs, overachievers or whatever but "they still have to play us" . None of what the media says matters, it's all about what happens on the field. Go Panthers!



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:50 AM

The media wants us out of the playoffs. That's all there is to it. There is a better story line if the 9ers play the Seachickens, in their opinion.

 

We will get no respect until we win the Super Bowl.

same ol same ol... I'm tired of the same ol crap EVERY year... forget Brady, Manning, Brees, pocket QBs and any wildcard winner that they say will be in the conference championship game. the only legit wildcard is the Chargers because they are balanced and have a legit QB with actual skill!......... Sunday can't get here fast enough!



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:50 AM

The media wants us out of the playoffs. That's all there is to it. There is a better story line if the 9ers play the Seachickens, in their opinion.

 

We will get no respect until we win the Super Bowl.

 

Not even then.  Yankees think they're better than us.



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 09:07 AM

i grew up watching jerry rice in san fran.

 

what harbaugh said was the most disrespectful thing i've ever heard. 49er fans should be ashamed of that man.....oh wait 90% of them started being fans in 2011.



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 09:53 AM

FYI since 1993 and under this format, no home underdog (although rare and only happened three times) has ever lost in the divisional round.

#14 KissMyConverse

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 09:56 AM

Maybe I'm wrong but I think we've been Underdogs in every playoff game we've played outside of Arizona, and well we all know how that one turned out...

I'm fine with the role. We have a the better QB and I think that makes the difference in this game. That and well the croud is actually starved for a playoff game.



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 09:57 AM

Like LP said, there is not a game going forward that we will play where we will not be the underdog.

 

the only exception might be if NO beats Seattle and comes to Charlotte.  But still, after beating Seattle, the media will say the NO is on a roll and a team of destiny beating Philly, Seattle and then Carolina, all on the road.





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