- Associated Press - Thursday, September 7, 2017


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OPENING LINE - Panthers by 5.

SERIES RECORD - Panthers lead 12-8

LAST MEETING - Panthers beat 49ers 46-27, Sept. 18, 2016

AP PRO32 RANKING - Panthers No. 13, 49ers No. 26



49ERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (4), PASS (32).

49ERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (32), PASS (14).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Panthers won past five regular-season meetings. Niners won playoff game following 2013 season. … San Francisco’s previous regular season win vs. Carolina came Nov. 18, 2001. … Each team’s top picks starred at nearby Stanford: Carolina RB Christian McCaffrey and San Francisco DL Solomon Thomas. … Panthers return to Levi’s Stadium for first time since losing Super Bowl to Denver in February 2016. … Carolina’s Greg Olsen became first TE with three straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons. … Panthers QB Cam Newton last in NFL in 2016 with 52.9 completion rate. … DE Julius Peppers returns to Carolina after seven seasons in Chicago, Green Bay. Peppers leads active players with 143½ sacks. … Head coaching debut for San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan. … Niners won six straight openers for longest active streak in NFL. … Niners edge rusher Elvis Dumervil has 99 sacks. … San Francisco QB Brian Hoyer no INTs in 200 passes last season for Chicago. … Fantasy Tip: San Francisco RB Carlos Hyde excels in openers. Hyde has 306 yards rushing, five TDs in 3 career Week 1 games.


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