Ron Rivera: Pressure will be on 49ers

Updated: January 7, 2014, 5:04 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Despite a 10-9 victory at Candlestick Park in November and a seven-game winning streak at home, the Carolina Panthers are early underdogs for Sunday's playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers.

And that's all right with Panthers coach Ron Rivera.

"Being the underdog I guess takes pressure off [us] and puts pressure on them,'' Rivera said Monday. "Now they have expectations for them. But we're at home. We're going to come out, show up and do the best ...

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