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Jan 07 2014 08:35 AM Zod Carolina Panthers
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.

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Kaep is a gimmick. He aint sh!t. I never thought Id hate San Fran but I do.

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

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.

 

 

 

 

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

 

I'll add that this is SF's 3rd straight road game.

I absolutely hate when we are the overwhelming "favorites" and chosen by every ESPN pundit. Im actually much more confident as the home dog. Cant wait for Kraken to get his.

5. More. Days.

That's okay, they can keep talking and we'll KEEP POUNDING

all we have is national college championships and a Stanley Cup...for now

 

and alot of Capitol One bowls for we South Carolina Gamecock fans...

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.


They have zero power in this situation. Its the playoffs...we win we advance. They are irrelevant to the outcomes.

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.

sarcasm on /this is going to be another EASY win for the hottest team in the NFL. It's unfortunate that they have to waste their time and travel to Carolina. They obviously are better than the Panthers aside from silly statistics and head to head match ups. Crabtree and Davis are unstoppable. Cam has never played in a big game in his life and Kaepernick doesn't have the immaturity issues that Cam has. When you add into the mix Boldin, look out. Niners by no less than 30. /sarcasm off.

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Lets smoke these bastards

I absolutely hate when we are the overwhelming "favorites" and chosen by every ESPN pundit. Im actually much more confident as the home dog. Cant wait for Kraken to get his.

5. More. Days.

 

Agree - historically speaking, I feel that the Cats haven't faired too well when they're the faves. Just at work yesterday, a lot of the chatter from my non Panther fans co workers is we don't have a chance or we're going to "blow it". 

 

Up until the Smitty injury, I was almost hoping for a #5 seed because it meant we would more than likely be an underdog in every game and I'm still not sold on Ron's ability to get the team ready after a bye. 

 

Everyone who writes for King's MMQB picked the Panthers to lose this game BEFORE they had any idea if we would be playing Philly/GB/SF. Cue  Rodney Dangerfield 

SF has the winning streak, last year's SB appearance, and Cali glamour going for it. Let 'em be the favorites. It'll just be more motivation for the home team.

I heard there's only been two home dogs in the divisional round of the playoffs. One of them.....that's right the 1996 Carolina Panthers. It's all good to have big name players and a history of success. But when the Panther D knocks you in the mouth all that goes out the window.

^ Funny thing about the winning streak, where was their last loss? The Superdome! Same as us. Winning streak sminning streak, much ado about NOTHING! Cali glamour with an all time losing record against the little ol Panthers? Bring it on!!!!!

I heard there's only been two home dogs in the divisional round of the playoffs. One of them.....that's right the 1996 Carolina Panthers. It's all good to have big name players and a history of success. But when the Panther D knocks you in the mouth all that goes out the window.


96- Carolina
92- Miami
91- Det
82 - Mia

Divisional home dogs are undefeated

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


And next season we will be picked 3rd or 4th in the south. I think that is a smart pick considering no one wins the south two years in a row.

I heard there's only been two home dogs in the divisional round of the playoffs. One of them.....that's right the 1996 Carolina Panthers. It's all good to have big name players and a history of success. But when the Panther D knocks you in the mouth all that goes out the window.


Imagine how big name our players would be if they were else where. Fact of the matter is, we have gotten the most publicity we have had in years but the sentiment of most hasn't changed. Doubt.
San Francisco (12-4) at Carolina (12-4), 1:05 p.m. ET (Fox): These two teams are literally mirror images of each other. It likes watching two identical twins fight, although I don't know that for sure because I've never seen two identical twins fight. The Panthers No. 2 ranked defense was slightly better during the regular season than the 49ers fifth-ranked defense. On the other hand, San Francisco's 24th ranked offense was slightly better than Carolina's 26th ranked unit. When I feel like two teams are exactly even, I like to pick the team with the better quarterback. And I think the better quarterback is: 49ers 20-17 over Panthers.

 

http://www.cbssports...s-over-seahawks

 

DAMN. I hope we make Kaep look foolish

http://www.cbssports...s-over-seahawks

 

DAMN. I hope we make Kaep look foolish

 

That idiot is also picking the Colts and Saints to win....not a chance.

That idiot is also picking the Colts and Saints to win....not a chance.

Sports media.....a what have you done for me lately thought process. Teams that just played get media bumps

Nothing overly impressive about the Saints or 49ers.....both almost lost to weak playoff teams on reality.

From the San Francisco Chronicle today:

 

Niners’ late-game magic could run out in Carolina

 

The way the 49ers have either pulled out wins or saved leads in the last two minutes of play is reminiscent of the 1970 Raiders, who were often saved by the late-game heroics of George Blanda. But the comparison ends there. The Raiders were an old team which had to be rebuilt the next year. The 49ers are a much better team.

But the question remains: Are they good enough to advance further in the NFC postseason?

They’ll face a big challenge in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday when they face the Carolina Panthers.

When the Panthers played at Candlestick on Nov. 10, they emerged with a 10-9 win in a game that was painful to watch. Both quarterbacks, the Panthers’ Cam Newton and the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick, were dismal. Newton was terrible in the early going, though he hit some passes late as the Panthers scored the game’s only touchdown.

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I have no idea what Newton’s problems were, but Kaepernick has often struggled against good defensive teams. He didn’t face one two days ago in Green Bay. The Packers did not have a strong defense during the season, and they went into this game without linebacker Clay Mathews, their best defender. Then, they lost defensive players to injuries during the game, injuries that certainly weren’t helped by the frozen turf.

Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers tried gambling strategies, sometimes blitzing, sometimes showing blitz, then having defenders drop back in coverage.

That sometimes worked — Kaepernick was sacked three times for a loss of 13 yards Sunday — but other times, Kaepernick took advantage of the weak spots, usually by running.

Even then, he had some problems. Early in the second quarter, with absolutely no pressure on him, he threw an interception which stopped a 49ers drive and seemed to inspire the Packers, who drove down field for a touchdown.

But Kaepernick and the Niners caught a huge break on their last drive when a Packers defensive back dropped a would-be interception. Had he hung on, it would have been the Packers with a dramatic end-of-the-game score to win it.

That’s how close the two teams were, with one decisive break determining winner and loser, and it’s also a cautionary tale for 49ers fans this next weekend, when they’ll be facing a tough defensive team on the Panthers’ home field.

The Panthers started slowly with three losses in their first four games but they’ve only lost once since then, to the Saints in New Orleans, a loss they avenged with a victory at home that secured a division title and the same 12-4 record as the 49ers.

Like Kaepernick, Newton is a multi-talented quarterback who is dangerous running the ball or passing it. They’re both in their third pro year, though they came to their teams in much different fashion: Newton was the first pick in the 2011 draft and the immediate starter while Kaepernick was a second-round pick by the Niners who backed up Alex Smith initially.

Kaepernick has already been to one Super Bowl. This is Newton’s first real chance to get to one, though the Seattle Seahawks will probably block his way.

But not the Niners. Their miracle finishes will end Sunday in Charlotte.

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Lol that fool thinks kaep is better than cam...wow
I was just watching NFL insiders on espn, they were supposed to do a segment on our defense. It was ENTIRELY about kaepernick and crabtree. This poo is absolutely absurd. The thought of embarrassing these douchebags, gives me an angry, raging erection.

I'll take the team that's won 11 of its last 12, with the only loss coming in a building where nobody wins.

Don't forget that we avenged that loss,  beating them the next time with more on the line.