Playoff preview: 49ers at Panthers

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49ers at Panthers

12:05 p.m. Sunday, KDFW/4

Notable: First time meeting in the postseason. ... Teams have met 18 times in the regular season, with Carolina holding an 11-7 edge, including the Panthers’ 10-9 win in Week 10 at San Francisco.

About the 49ers: Franchise is 29-19 (.604) in the postseason. Team’s 29 playoff wins are fourth most in NFL history. ... Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore rushed for 1,128 yards, his franchise-record seventh 1,000-yard season. He averages 91.3 rushing yards per game in his postseason career (548 yards, six games). He has five rushing touchdowns in the past four postseason games and aims for fifth playoff game in row with rushing touchdown. ... Wide receiver Michael Crabtree has 28 catches for 410 yards (102.5 per game) and three touchdowns in his past four playoff games. He had eight catches for 125 yards in last week’s wild-card win at Green Bay. ... Linebacker Aldon Smith has 45.5 sacks, second most in NFL in last three seasons (including playoffs). He had 1.5 sacks last week at Green Bay. Pro Bowl linebacker Ahmad Brooks had career-high 8.5 sacks and tied for team lead with Smith. Brooks had two sacks at Green Bay. ... Kicker Phil Dawson had 140 points, second most in team history. He made all three field-goal attempts at Green Bay last week.

About the Panthers: Carolina won its division for the fourth time (1996, 2003, 2008). ... Team’s 12 wins are tied for most in franchise history (1996, 2008). … Pro Bowl quarterback Cam Newton is the only player with 50-plus passing touchdowns (64) and 25-plus rushing touchdowns (28) in his first three NFL seasons. Newton has 11,299 passing yards and 2,032 rushing yards in his career ... Running back DeAngelo Williams is the franchise leader in rushing yards (6,627) and touchdowns (46). ... Wide receiver Steve Smith is franchise leader in catches, yards and touchdowns in both regular and postseason. He has 836 catches for 12,197 yards with 67 touchdowns in the regular season and 47 catches for 782 yards with seven touchdowns in the postseason. ... The Panthers ranked second in the NFL in points allowed (241), total defense (301.3) and rush defense (86.9). ... Pro Bowl linebacker Luke Kuechly led the team in tackles with 156. ... Pro Bowl end Greg Hardy has 24 sacks in his past 25 games, including seven in the past two. ... Cornerback Drayton Florence has three interceptions in five career postseason games.

Injury report

49ers: DNP: DT Demarcus Dobbs (knee, shoulder), C Jonathan Goodwin (not injury related), CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring), DT Justin Smith (shoulder). FULL: LB NaVorro Bowman (wrist), WR Michael Crabtree (wrist), RB Frank Gore (knee), LB Dan Skuta (foot). Panthers: LIMITED: DT Colin Cole (calf), WR Steve Smith (knee). FULL: TE Ben Hartsock (knee), S Quintin Mikell (thumb), RB Jonathan Stewart (knee).

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