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Sunday's matchup at Candlestick between the 5-3 Panthers and 6-2 San Francisco 49ers is one of the most anticipated of the season.
Carolina is riding a four-game winning streak, while San Francisco has captured five in a row. Both squads are red-hot, and both quarterbacks are operating at a high level.
In Sunday's matchup, Colin Kaepernick will play the better game and lead his team to victory.
The 49ers are coming off their bye week, and you never want to give head coach Jim Harbaugh extra time to prepare. Plus, the team represents a major step-up in class from the dregs of the NFL the Panthers have recently feasted on.
The return of receiver Mario Manningham will help the 49ers offense, and the home crowd will buoy Kaepernick.
Cam Newton will play well, but going against an elite team on the road does not often lead to success. The Panthers' offensive weapons just don't stack up against a loaded 49ers defense.
Kaepernick will account for no fewer than three total touchdowns as the 49ers improve to 7-2 and hand the Panthers their first loss in over a month.