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Beating the Panthers: Five Keys

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The 49ers will have their hands full when they host the Carolina Panthers Sunday, who own an impressive winning streak of their own. Inside we offer five keys to Sunday's game that could help guide San Francisco to its seventh victory of the season.

Buy the Bye The 49ers have not lost a game coming off their bye week since Jim Harbaugh took over prior to the 2011 season. The only exception was last February's Super Bowl when the team had two weeks to prepare. And instead of taking time off following the team's trip to London, Jim Harbaugh and his staff returned right to work at the team's Santa Clara facility during the bye week to get to...

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