How to watch the Carolina Panthers vs. San Francisco 49ers NFL game
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has yet to win a playoff game for the first time since 2011.
The Panthers have never won the NFC South title, and they haven’t had a winning record in the past five seasons.
Newton’s streak of 4,726 passing yards (16.9 per game) has been the longest in NFL history.
However, the Panthers’ offense has struggled mightily the past two years.
The 49ers have scored a league-high 20.2 points per game in the last two seasons, and Newton is the league leader in passing yards with 1,086.
His team is allowing an average of 27.6 points per contest in the final two weeks of the regular season.
The game in Carolina will be televised by NBCSN.
Here’s how to watch: Watch ESPN, NBC, CBS, Fox, NBCSN, and ESPN Deportes, with some restrictions.
The Carolina Panthers have won five games in a row, and have been to the NFC Championship Game once in the 20-year history of the league.
The last time the Panthers won five straight games in the NFC was in 1998.
The NFL’s average margin of victory is 20.3 points per season.
In 2013, the 49ers won seven of their first eight games to win the NFC West and the NFC North, before finishing 10-6.
In 2014, the Saints won nine of their final 11 games to finish 11-5, before winning 10 of their next 11 games, and then winning six of their last seven.
The 2016 NFL season will be the first in the NFL to feature the teams’ two head coaches.
They are Tom Coughlin and Joe Philbin.
The 2017 season will mark the first playoff game since 2011, when the Panthers were the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
This will be Carolina’s third NFC Championship Series title since the 49er franchise was relocated to San Francisco.
Carolina’s last two playoff appearances came in 2008 and 2012.
Carolina has won the division in each of the past four seasons, including the NFC East in each season from 2012-14.
The Packers were the only other team to advance to the Super Bowl last season, and the Rams were the last team to win it.
Here are the top storylines for Carolina’s matchup against the 49-3 Falcons: The Falcons are a team that has been one of the NFL’s best teams during Newton’s time in Carolina.
Atlanta is 21-1 this season when Newton is under center.
He is 5-0 with a 1,865 passer rating and has thrown at least 30 touchdown passes.
He also leads the NFL in total offense with 1.87 yards per attempt.
Newton has thrown 29 touchdowns and no interceptions this season.
He has rushed for a team-high 1,400 yards.
Cam Newton is 7-0 as the starter in 2017, completing 71.7 percent of his passes.
Newton is 10-4 in the postseason with a 4-2 record in Super Bowls.
He leads the Panthers with a 3,857 passer rating.
The Falcons have won four of their past five games, but have not reached the postseason since 2008.
Atlanta won two games by a combined score of 30 points or fewer in 2017.
Newton leads the Falcons in passing efficiency at 105.0.
Atlanta has allowed a league worst 6,827 yards to opposing quarterbacks.
The Atlanta defense is allowing the fewest rushing yards per game of any team in the league, averaging 3.69 yards per carry.
Newton ranks fifth in passing touchdowns allowed (12) and tied for third in interceptions (5).
The Falcons’ defense has allowed just 11 points per drive in 2017 (9.2 per game).
Carolina’s offense is averaging only 39.4 points per games over its past three games, the worst average since 2011 (36.9 points per outing).
Newton has been sacked just three times all season, tied for fourth-most in the playoffs.
The most recent time Newton was sacked was on the final play of last year’s NFC Championship game.
Newton led the Panthers to the win over Atlanta in the wild card round.