Close Article Return to stream X
NFL

San Francisco 49ers vs Carolina Panthers Preview

+Read full article
NFC

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers will have their hands full, as they return to Candlestick Park after their bye week to face the Carolina Panthers. These teams are near mirror images of one another; both teams have young, mobile quarterbacks with strong arms, top-notch running games, and more than stout defenses. These teams should have the same approach in the game, by running the football, playing defense, and having the quarterbacks make throws when necessary.

The biggest story leading into this game is the play, or limited play, of Pro Bowl linebacker Aldon Smith, and how he will play. It has been reported that Smith will only be playing as a situational pass rusher; more than likely, this coaching decision is due to Smith conditioning, or lack there of. He spent five to six weeks away from the game, so he will have to play his way into game shape.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and quarterback Colin Kaepernick were a part of the same draft, but have had two different career paths. Newton started immediately for his team, while Kaepernick was a backup who got his starting spot because starter Alex Smith got injured with a concussion.

For the most part, these two young quarterbacks are game managers, and this game will come down to who is the better game manager. The defenses will do their jobs and the running backs will set the tempo of this game. Fans should not expect a high-scoring game, but a low scoring game with the defenses being the stars.

John Ware is a San Francisco 49ers writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @OutermindMedia, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.

See the 49ers take on the Cam Newton and the Panthers as these two red hot teams square off. Get your 49ers tickets for this game or any game all season long by checking out the Niners schedule from TicketCity now.

Your Favorites
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NFL Videos

Watch Cam Newton Put His Own Interests Above The Team

Millions of things have been said about Cam Newton, but this one instance in particular fires me up as a Carolina Panthers fan. With the score 16-10 Broncos, Von Miller knocks the ball out of Newton's hands which leads to a mad scramble. Newton has the opportunity to jump on the ball in the pile, but he decides to back away to protect himself from injury. In a one-possession game in the Super Bowl, Newton should've sacrificed every limb he has to get that ball back for his team, and it's extremely unnerving to me as a fan that he didn't jump in there.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NFL Videos

Watch Angry Grandpa Go Insane After Panthers' Loss

The Carolina Panthers lost to the Denver Broncos 24-10 in Super Bowl 50 which disappointed Panthers fans everywhere. I'm going to go out on a limb and say not many fans were as angered by the loss as this elderly man. While a lot of us have the self-control to avoid letting our anger take us this far, this grandpa didn't care and took his frustrations out on the television.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NFL Videos

Watch Newton Give Immature Interview, Walk Off

I've defended Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton against his haters all season long, but I can't do it any longer after watching his postgame interview following Super Bowl 50. He needed to be a man and sit up there and answer every question sent his way. If he's going to be the excitable, happy guy fans see after wins, he needs to be a professional after losses. This reeks of immaturity and is something he will need to work on in the future.

Comment 0 Comments