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Coug Girl    161

It's kind of disgusting how much power media has sometimes...but, it's also very sweet to watch them eat crow once in a blue moon.

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tailg8or    477

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...

 

Already debunked.  Anybody still claiming a wine & cheese crowd is likely doing it from their couch on Sunday afternoons.  BOA atmosphere is great ... and you can still bring the kids.  I'll take that over most other venues.

 

Breaks will play a big role and the Panthers are getting the breaks this year.  Whether it be a botched snap in Atlanta or timely fumble recovery, the breaks are going our way.  Our MOJO is good this year.  For the most part, that hasn't been the case over the last few years.

 

I believe the biggest factor will be SD.  He will devise a scheme to contain Kap.  Dwan, Short and Star will get push up the middle while CJ and Kraken collapse the corners.  Kap wont have the running lanes and if he does get flushed out, our LBs are pretty good (sarcasm).  Kap is not the same when contained and forced to make good decisions.   The game will be won in the trenches and we will prevail on toughness and grit.  In fact, if Cam brings his A game and gets back to mid-season form with minimum high balls, we win by 2 scores.

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hmsmike    48

Not surprised and everyone has already said my thoughts about it already ... Media wants the 49ers in - Better Story line and I prefer being the underdog because we play with more passion, more effort and most importantly NO BIG HEAD in these games. Take it for what its worth - Carolina will NOT be a media darling and we will have to go out and earn their respect ....... AND WE WILL!! 

 

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Coug Girl    161

Media also said we were a good team, but we weren't going to win our division...we all know what happened there.

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Chaos    8,174

So we have a chance to beat the arrogant 49ers AND shove a salty heap of crow down the media's neck at the same time?

Sounds good to me.

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General_Purr    325

Watched every media coverage on this game and everyone is saying 49ers. Its funny in a way.. numbers don't lie. Im super fired up as a fan.. If I was a player in that locker room I would be ready to smash some 49ers sunday. 

 

I can almost imagine the pleasure of every single person being wrong.

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Marc Anthony    946

What the media says is comical in a way, like they really KNOW what they are talking about. Take it with a grain of salt, doesn't mean poo come gameday.

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jtm    241

Why is no one talking about a west coast team traveling 3 time zones for a 1 kick off. This is a big deal.

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AviationMX    320

The reality is that we are a small market without a long history, that being said we will have to do what we know we can do. Get a turnover in the first half and turn it into points. No more field goals, we have to play to win and play to win early. Keep a short field and make them work hard the entire game. They will have about 2 seconds to throw a pass or Kaep will be admiring the carolina blue sky ....that may be the most fun for us fans, making some real noise and watching our crushing D line go to work with our LB's flying around the field.

 

We can compare stats, rings, coaching styles and travel fatigue but this is a fan forum, we believe RR has this team working together like Dean Smith / Coach K/Jimmy V would and we should be clear about our faith in our team, regardless of those who doubt the team. Yes , this is tobacco roads...all we have is national college championships and a Stanley Cup...for now , but we know what it takes to win and we love underdogs. 

 

I think at the end of the half we will be ahead by 10 and the coaching will be aggressive to the end...final score 

 

your Carolina Panthers 30 and the 49ers 17.

 

 

 

 

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