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49ers-Panthers capsule preview

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (13-4) at CAROLINA PANTHERS (12-4)

1:05 p.m., Fox

OPENING LINE – 49ers by 2

RECORD VS. SPREAD – San Francisco 11-5-1, Carolina 9-7

SERIES RECORD – Panthers lead 11-7

LAST MEETING – Panthers beat 49ers, 10-9, on Nov. 10, 2013

LAST WEEK – 49ers defeated Packers, 23-20; Panthers had a bye

49ERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (24), RUSH (3), PASS (30)

49ERS DEFENSE – OVERALL (5), RUSH (4), PASS (7)

PANTHERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (26), RUSH (11), PASS (29)

PANTHERS DEFENSE – OVERALL (2), RUSH (2), PASS (6)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh and Panthers Coach Ron Rivera were teammates with Chicago Bears. … Harbaugh is first coach to lead 49ers to playoffs in first three seasons. … QB Colin Kaepernick held to 91 yards passing and 16 yards rushing in 10-9 loss to Carolina on Nov. 10. … Kaepernick has career QB rating of 93.9 in postseason. … RB Frank Gore has franchise-record seven straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Gore averages 91.3 yards rushing in postseason with TD in past four playoffs games. … TE Vernon Davis has six TD receptions in six postseason games. … WR Michael Crabtree has 28 catches for 410 yards and three TDs in past four playoff games. … 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio worked for Panthers in 1990s. … Since 2011, LB Aldon Smith has 45.5 sacks since 2011, second-most in NFL. … Panthers lost last home playoff game as No. 2 seed to Arizona in 2008, 33-13. … Carolina’s 12 wins tied team record. … Panthers defense allowed second-fewest points in NFL (241). … QB Cam Newton has 11,299 yards passing in his first three seasons, third-most in NFL history. Newton has 2,032 yards rushing in first three seasons, most by quarterback in league history. … WR Steve Smith expected to start after missing Week 17 with sprained knee ligament. … LB Luke Kuechly has NFL-high 320 tackles since 2012. … DE Greg Hardy has eight sacks in past three games. … CB Captain Munnerlyn has four interception returns for TDs since 2012, most in NFL. … Panthers have won seven straight games at home. … Panthers had nine sacks in Week 17 win over Atlanta.

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