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NFL divisional playoff preview: 49ers, Panthers feature pair of formidable defenses

Published: Sunday, Jan. 12 2014 10:10 a.m. MST

San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) stiff-arms Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (Marcio Jose Sanchez, ASSOCIATED PRESS) San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) stiff-arms Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (Marcio Jose Sanchez, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The third game of this week's playoff matchups will take place on Sunday, with the San Francisco 49ers facing off against the Carolina Panthers. Both teams feature third-year mobile quarterbacks and terrific defenses, which should make for one of the most compelling matchups of the entire playoffs.

To get a good idea of what type of action will take place Sunday, it is important to look at the type of season each team has had and things to watch for in the matchup.

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