The 49ers have opposed the Panthers 17 times since 1995, and none of Carolina’s six quarterbacks over that span have rushed for either 20-plus yards or a touchdown in a game.
Cam Newton rushed for 22 yards and a score alone on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
And that Newton’s second-lowest rushing total of the season.
As San Francisco’s coaches and players resume their work this week following their Week 9 bye, the preparations for their Week 10 opponent must start with Carolina’s quarterback.
The Panthers signal-caller likes to call his own number. This is because he is no Steve Beuerlein, the team’s all-time leading rusher under center against the 49ers; Beuerlein rushed for 45 yards in eight starts against San Francisco.
Newton has rushed for 31.4 yards per start in 2013.
In Sunday’s 34-10 win over Atlanta, Newton became the first NFL player in history to rush for 25-plus touchdowns (26) and throw for 50-plus (53) in the first 40 games of his career.
San Francisco’s defense will be charged with keeping those numbers static next weekend.
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