Dissecting Most Crucial Matchups in 49ers' Showdown with Panthers

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Dissecting Most Crucial Matchups in 49ers' Showdown with Panthers
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

When the San Francisco 49ers left Candlestick Park in an ambulance several weeks ago against Carolina, most of us set the DVR to Charlie Rose reruns. After spending a month kicking teams in the ass, the 49ers were the ones left with more bruises and cuts than a UFC combatant. 

This is a team that thrives on being able to smack their opponents around, so it was shocking how many times we saw Colin Kaepernick on the ground with a Carolina lineman standing over him.  

It reminded you of someone.  

Things have changed since then, and Kaepernick seems eager to get another shot at the team that sacked him six times and held him to fewer than 100 yards passing. 

It makes sense. He has four guys to throw to instead of one. The offensive line is healthier now than it's been since the beginning of the season. The Warriors won their 10th straight game last night.

The 49ers are slight favorites over the Panthers this week because of their superior offense, but there's going to be several key matchups the team has to win to assure their third straight trip to the NFC Championship Game. 

Should we break it down?


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