The San Francisco 49ers host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in Week 10 of the NFL 2013 regular season, with two of the most in-form teams facing off against one another in this clash. The game is scheduled to start at 4.05 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
This match up sees the 49ers – who have won five straight games – come up against the Panthers – who come into this game in the back of four wins in a row. For one of them though, their run will come to an abrupt end tonight as only one team can come away with the win.
This is a huge game for both teams. They have both fought extremely hard and done really well to get back into contention in their respective divisions, but they both still have lots of work to do, and a loss tonight would be a massive blow to whoever suffers it.
The 49ers and the Panthers are both second in the NFC West and NFC South respectively, with the 49ers chasing the 8-1 Seattle Seahawks, and the Panthers chasing the 6-2 New Orleans Saints.
The 49ers come into tonight's game on the back of a Bye Week, and the last time they were on the field was Oct. 27, when they easily brushed aside the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. Tonight's game will be a much sterner test, and they will have been preparing diligently through their rest week for tonight's almost must-win game.
Meanwhile, the Panthers are in electric form, taking down St Louis, Tampa Bay and Atlanta over the past three weeks – all in similar fashion. St Louis were defeated 3-15 in Week 7, Tampa Bay were bested 31-13 in Week 8, and last week the Atlanta Falcons fell 34-10 to Carolina. Again, the Panthers will be in no illusion over how much more difficult tonight's challenge is compared to those games, and the 49ers are unlikely to so easily rollover without a fight.
Both teams are more reliant on the rush than pass in offense – the 49ers are amazingly ranked 32nd in pass, gaining just 189.9 yards on pass per game, where as the Panthers are ranked only just above in 25th, claiming 202.6 yards on pass per game.
On rush, the 49ers are at the other end of the rankings at number 1, claiming 153 yards on rush per game, where as the Panthers similarly look much better, ranking 8th with 130.1 yards per game on rush.
Carolina Panthers vs San Francisco 49ers will start at 4.05 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the Fox network or online through free live stream by clicking here.