Up next for the 49ers are the Carolina Panthers. Although the Panthers came to Candlestick earlier this season and beat San Francisco, the 49ers are the better team and have a very good shot at winning their second straight road playoff game.
The Carolina Panthers had to win the last game of the season to get the NFC South title and a first-round bye so it’s not like it was a time they could rest their players. Steve Smith had to sit out with an injury, and there were not a lot of other options for Cam Newton to rely on, but there need to be.
For many football fans, Week 16 of the season is even bigger than the Super Bowl because it is their personal Super Bowl. It is the week with money on the line. Week 16 is the week fantasy football champions are crowned.
Russell Wilson threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse in the fourth quarter and Seattle’s defense came up with a huge turnover in the final minutes of a 12-7 win Sunday over the Carolina Panthers.
While the Seattle Seahawks can’t take their preseason record into the regular season, it’s comforting to know that a perfect 4-0 preseason including scoring 110 points (the second most in the league) and allowing just 36 (the least) for a league-leading 74 net points meant that all aspects of the ‘Hawks, not just the first team, were playing well throughout every game.
Every fantasy owner wants to know the sleepers. With that in mind, who will emerge as the bigger fantasy sleeper: DeAngelo Williams or Bilal Powell?
A dual-threat quarterback is something the Seattle Seahawks’ stellar defense has not seen yet. Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo are mobile QBs, but they run only out of necessity. Newton runs by design, as the Panthers utilize the read option he ran at Auburn.