Quick Preview: 49ers vs Panthers


The San Francisco 49ers welcome Cam Newton and the red-hot Carolina Panthers to town on Sunday, as two teams who just keep winning look to face off in week 10.

Newton has the Panthers headed in the right direction after four straight blowout wins. In fact, Carolina might be even tougher than their 5-3 record shows, as two of their losses on the year came from seven points or less.

The 49ers are no stranger to dominance or putting the finishing touches on close games, though, as they won a close battle in week one and have blown their opponents out in each of their last four outings.

49ers tickets vs the Panthers ($267 on average with a $147 get-in tag) are actually down 7% from the 49ers home average, but this game is shaping up as a solid battle all the way around. Working in San Francisco fans’ favor this week, however, is that the 49ers have just one home loss on the year, while two of Carolina’s three losses in 2013 have come on the road. On the road side, that $267 price tag is 128% above the average price for Carolina Panthers tickets on the road in 2013, and this is also their most expensive road game of the season.

Carolina’s defense has been getting better each week and also presents a challenge, but the 49ers are no strangers to defense, either, and hold the clear edge with this one going down in San Francisco. Another aspect working very much in San Francisco’s favor is the level of competition the Panthers have faced. The 49ers themselves have struggled a bit against some of the better teams in the league, but they have also beaten some quality opponents – namely the Green Bay Packers in week one at home. Carolina, on the other hand, hasn’t beaten a team with a winning record all season. In fact, two of their three losses have come against teams with below .500 records. Add all of that with the 49ers’ talent and home field advantage, and they appear to be the favorites heading into their week 10 matchup.

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