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Panthers vs. 49ers Preview: The History, Numbers and Connections Behind the Game

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The San Francisco 49ers return from the bye week looking to extend their five-game winning streak against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. It won’t be easy as the Panthers are riding a four-game winning streak that has been dominated by their offense and defense.

After losing three of the first four games, the Panthers have found their grove by winning by margins of 25, 15, 18 and 24 points during the winning streak. Carolina is playing similar to San Francisco with efficient offense and a defense forcing multiple turnovers. Both teams won big in their last game, with the 49ers destroying the Jacksonville Jaguars, 42-10, and the Panthers cruised over the Atlanta Falcons, 34-10.

The 49ers went 4-0 in the month of October for the second time in three years with Jim Harbaugh as the head coach. San Francisco was spurred by the rushing attack led by Frank Gore, which ranks first in the NFL in average yards per game (153) and fourth in total rushing yards (1,224).

In order for the Niners to pull off a win over the Panthers, the running game will need to come up big again like in Week 8. Gore and QB Colin Kaepernick each had a pair of rushing TDs against the Jaguars, marking the first time the 49ers had a quarterback and running back each run for 2 TDs in the same game since 1961.

The History

This marks the 18th meeting between the two teams and the first since 2010. The 49ers have a losing record all-time (7-10), at home (3-5) and on the road (4-5) against the Panthers. Carolina has won three straight games since 2004 against San Francisco. From 1995-2001, the 49ers and Panthers were division rivals in the NFC West. Carolina moved to the NFC South in 2002.

Matchups: 17

Series Record: Panthers lead series 10-7

49ers Home Record vs. Panthers: Panthers lead series 5-3

49ers Away Record vs. Panthers: Panthers lead series 5-4

First Meeting: 11/5/95, Panthers win 13-7, at SF

Last Meeting: 10/24/10, Panthers win 23-20, at Car.

Current Streak: Lost 3

Longest 49ers Win Streak: 4 (9/29/97 – 12/6/98)

Longest Panthers Win Streak: 4 (10/17/99 – 10/22/00)

Most 49ers Points: 34 (9/29/97): 49ers win 34-21, at Car.

Most Panthers Points: 41 (12/18/99): Panthers win 41-24, at Car.

49ers Shutouts: None

Panthers Shutouts: None

Date         Win         Score Location

11/05/95 Panthers 13-7 SF

12/10/95 49ers 31-10 C

09/22/96 Panthers 23-7 C

12/08/96 Panthers 30-24 SF

09/29/97 49ers 34-21 C

11/16/97 49ers 27-19 SF

11/08/98 49ers 25-23 SF

12/06/98 49ers 31-28 (OT) C

10/17/99 Panthers 31-29 SF

12/18/99 Panthers 41-24 C

09/10/00 Panthers 38-22 SF

10/22/00 Panthers 34-16 C

10/07/01 49ers 24-14 SF

11/18/01 49ers 25-22 (OT) C

11/14/04 Panthers 37-27 SF

12/02/07 Panthers 31-14 C

10/24/10 Panthers 23-20 C

The Numbers

2013 Comparison

49ERS (rank)                 PANTHERS (rank)

6-2 (2nd NFCW) Record 5-3 (2nd NFCS)

27.3 (5th) Points Per Game 25.5 (11th)

342.9 (16th) Total Offense 332.8 (20th)

153.0 (1st) Rushing Offense 130.1 (8th)

189.9 (32nd) Passing Offense 202.6 (25th)

30:14 (15th) Possession Average 34:00 (1st)

18.1 (4th) Points Allowed Per Game 13.3 (2nd)

325.1 (6th) Total Defense 299.9 (3rd)

104.6 (12th) Rushing Defense 79.1 (2nd)

220.5 (8th) Passing Defense 220.8 (10th)

17 (t-25th) Sacks 23 (t-13th)

9 (t-13th) Interceptions 12 (t-3rd)

48.6 (2nd) Punting Avg. (Gross) 46.2 (11th)

+4 (10th) Turnover Differential +8 (t-4th)

30: The Niners offense has scored 30-or-more points during the five-game winning streak

19.83: San Francisco’s average margin of victory this season (2nd in NFL)

24: Carolina’s average margin of victory this season (1st in NFL)

10: Number of times the Niners have loss all-time to the Panthers

13: In the last five games, the 49ers defense have forced 13 turnovers

68: Number of first downs converted by San Francisco’s offense this season

25: San Francisco has allowed opposing offenses to score on only 25% of drives this season

185: Number of points the 49ers has scored against the Panthers all-time at home

205: Number of points the Panthers has scored against the 49ers at Candlestick Park

426: Panthers tight end Greg Olsen leads the team with 426 receiving yards this season

4.5: Despite missing the past five games, Aldon Smith still leads the team with 4.5 sacks

7: Defensive end Charles Johnson leads Carolina with 7 sacks

700: The 49ers had 700 rushing yards in October

20 Opponents are starting at an average of the 20 yard line following the kickoff, the 4th best in the NFL

15: Total rushing touchdowns by the Niners offense this season (best in NFL)

The Connections

  • 49ers CB Chris Culliver went to Garner Magnet High School in Garner, North Carolina.
  • Panthers head coach Ron Rivera attended Seaside High School in Monterey, California.
  • Punter Andy Lee was born in Westminster, South Carolina and attended West Oak High School.
  • Panthers guard Sione Fua went was coached by Jim Harbaugh while at Stanford from 2008-2010.
  • Harbaugh played his final season in the NFL with the Panthers in 2001.
  • Ted Ginn Jr. played for the 49ers from 2010-2012.
  • 49ers special teams coach Brady Seely coached with the Panthers from 1995-1998.
  • Carolina’s special teams coach Richard Rodgers coached the secondary and special teams at San Jose State from 1995-1996.
  • From 1995-1998, Niners coach Vic Fangio was the Panthers defensive coordinator.
  • Bruce DeHaven, Carolina’s special teams coach, held the same position in San Francisco from 2000-2002.
  • Niners offensive coordinator Greg Roman was the offensive line assistant with the Panthers from 1995-2001.
  • Panthers assistant offensive line coach Ray Brown played at tackle for San Francisco from 1996-2001. In 2010, Brown held the same position as a coach for the 49ers. He helped groom tackle Anthony Davis and guard Mike Iupati into the starting lineup in their rookie season.
  • San Francisco’s QBs coach Geep Chryst  was the tight ends/offensive quality control coach for the Carolina Panthers from 2006-2010.
  • Before joining the Panthers, Pete Hoener was the tight ends coach for San Francisco from 2005-2010.
  • Carolina’s quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey was drafted by the Niners in 2003 and he spent three seasons with the team.

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