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SAN FRANCISCO — The Carolina Panthers can now say they have that signature win everybody has been waiting to see: on the road, against the reigning NFC champions, in November.
While facing one of the NFL’s brightest young quarterbacks, to boot.
Carolina’s swarming, opportunistic defense stopped Colin Kaepernick in his tracks.
Drayton Florence intercepted a pass by Kaepernick in the final minute to seal a 10-9 victory over the 49ers Sunday. It snapped San Francisco’s five-game winning streak and gave the Panthers their fifth straight win.
So much for the idea that Carolina hadn’t beaten any team of consequence thus far.
Graham Gano kicked a 53-yard field goal with 10:05 remaining that held up as the Panthers (6-3) twice shut down Kaepernick on last-ditch drives with swarming defense.