For the third-straight year, the San Francisco 49ers are playing in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs. This time around the 49ers are traveling to the east coast to take on the Carolina Panthers.
The game will be a rematch as the teams faced off in Week 10, with the Panthers winning in San Francisco 10-9. It was all defense between the 49ers and Panthers, with both Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton struggling all game.
The Panthers were on a bye-week with No. 2 seed of the NFC playoffs. Last week, the Niners advanced over the Green Bay Packers, 23-20, in a classic playoff game at Lambeau Field. Kaepernick threw for 227 yards and one touchdown, to go along with 98 rushing yards.
Michael Crabtree did not play in the Week 10 loss to Carolina because of an injury. Vernon Davis only had one catch in the last contest because he suffered a concussion in the second quarter of a 10-9 home loss to Carolina.
This will be the first post-season game between the 49ers and Panthers.
The 49ers have lost the past four games to the Panthers.
From 1995-2001, the 49ers and Panthers were division rivals in the NFC West.
Game Day Information
NFC Divisional Round
San Francisco 49ers (No. 5 seed, 13-4) vs. Carolina Panthers (No. 2 seed, 12-4)
Where: Bank Of America Stadium | Charlotte, North Carolina
Kickoff: Sunday, January 12, 10:05 AM (PT)
Weather: 52 degrees | Sunny | 10 mph winds from the west
Play-By-Play: Joe Buck
Color Analyst: Troy Aikman
Sideline Reporters: Pam Oliver
Online: Fox Sports.com will be streaming the game live, but it will only be free for customers of its Internet provider partners, like Comcast, Cablevision, and AT&T.
49ERS RADIO NETWORK
KGO 680 AM & The Bone 107.7 FM
Play-By-Play: Ted Robinson
Color Analyst: Eric Davis
Play-By-Play: Erwin Higueros
Color Analyst: Jesus Zarate
WESTWOOD ONE (National)
Play-By-Play: Kevin Kugler
Color Analyst: James Lofton
Sideline Reporter: Hub Arkush
49ERS (rank) PANTHERS (rank)
12-4 (2nd NFCW) Record 12-4 (1st NFCN)
25.4 (11th) Points Per Game 22.9 (18th)
323.8 (24th) Total Offense 316.8 (26th)
137.6 (3rd) Rushing Offense 126.6 (11th)
186.2 (30th) Passing Offense 190.2 (29th)
30:35 (11th) Possession Average 31:54 (5th)
17.0 (3rd) Points Allowed Per Game 15.1 (2nd)
316.9 (5th) Total Defense 301.3 (2nd)
95.9 (4th) Rushing Defense 86.9 (2nd)
221.0 (7th) Passing Defense 214.3 (6th)
38 (t-18th) Sacks 60 (1st)
18 (t-10th) Interceptions 20 (t-5th)
48.2 (2nd) Punting Avg. (Gross) 47.8 (3rd)
+12 (t-4th) Turnover Differential +11 (6th)
Postseason Matchups: None
Series Record: Panthers lead series 11-7
Postseason Series Record: None
49ers Home Record vs. Panthers: Panthers lead series 6-3 49ers Postseason Home Record vs. Panthers: None
49ers Away Record vs. Panthers: Panthers lead series 5-4 49ers Postseason Away Record vs. Panthers: None
First Meeting: 11/5/95, Panthers win 13-7, at SF
First Postseason Meeting: None
Last Meeting: 11/10/13, Panthers win 10-9, at SF
Last Postseason Meeting: None
Current Streak: Lost 4
Current Postseason Streak: None
Longest 49ers Win Streak: 4 (9/29/97-12/6/98)
Longest Postseason 49ers Win Streak: None
Longest Panthers Win Streak: 4 – 2 times (Last 11/14/04 – 11/10/13)
Longest Postseason Panthers Win Streak: None
Most 49ers Points: 34 (9/29/97): 49ers win 34-21, at Car.
Most Postseason 49ers Points: None
Most Panthers Points: 41 (12/18/99): Panthers win 41-24, at Car. Most Postseason Panthers Points: None
49ers Shutouts: None
Postseason 49ers Shutouts: None
Panthers Shutouts: None
Postseason Panthers Shutouts: None
49ers injury report
Questionable: CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring), LB Dan Skuta (foot)
Probable: LB Navorro Bowman (wrist), WR Michael Crabtree (wrist), DT Demarcus Dobbs (knee, shoulder), C Jonathan Goodwin (not injury related), RB Frank Gore (knee), DT Justin Smith (shoulder)
Panthers injury report
Questionable: DT Colin Cole (calf), WR Steve Smith (knee), RB Jonathan Stewart (knee)
Probable: TE Ben Hartsock (knee), S Quinton Mikell (thumb)