The Panthers are looking to rebound after a tough 21-20 loss in the season opener at Denver. With a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, Panthers kicker Graham Gano missed a 50-yard field goal. Carolina now has a chance to redeem themselves at home with a win against the 49ers.
“We have to find ways to do our job enough to get to 1-1,” quarterback Cam Newton said.
Although the 49ers are coming off a 28-0 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football, they have their work cut out for them in Charlotte. Last season the Panthers led the league by scoring 31.3 points per game. However, the 49ers finished last with 14.9 per contest.
The Panthers are strong on both sides of the ball, and feature NFL MVP Cam Newton at quarterback. Last week, Newton threw for 194 yards and one touchdown, and rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown. As expected, linebacker Luke Kuechly was all over the field against the Broncos, finishing the night with 10 tackles.
The 49ers seem to have a solid rushing attack under new head coach Chip Kelly. After struggling against the Broncos ground game last week, the Panthers will need to shore up their run defense to force quarterback Blaine Gabbert to beat them.
49ers vs. Panthers Week 2 Viewing Info
Date: Sunday, September 18, 2016
Start Time: 1 p.m. ET
TV Channel: FOX in certain markets. You can click here to see a map of what games will be shown in what cities
Announcers: Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket if the game is outside your market.
Line: Panthers (-13.5), per OddsShark; You can click here for a preview and pick against the spread