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Carolina Panthers free safety Mike Mitchell (21) gestures to kiss his bicep after a sack against San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during the second quarter at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on Nov. 10, 2013.(Photo: Kelley L Cox, USA TODAY Sports)SAN FRANCISCO The way the Carolina Panthers look at it, if the rest of the NFL isn't going to give them the respect they feel they deserve, they're just going to have to take it for themselves.
It's hard to blame anybody for doubting them.
BOX SCORE: Panthers 10, 49ers 9
The Panthers haven't had a winning season since 2008, the last year they made the playoffs.
And their four game winning streak going into Sunday came against teams with a combined 6 17 record.
It won't be so easy to overlook the Panthers now, though. Not after a 10 9 comeback victory against the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers.
"I don't think anyone gives us any respect," Panthers free safety Mike Mitchell said. "We know we're a good football team but nobody gives us any respect, so every game, every week we come out here and try to take respect by force."
The Panthers (6 3) forced the issue as they won their fifth straight game the longest active streak behind unbeaten Kansas City.
A tough defense that's the cornerstone of their turnaround gave some ground early before dropping the hammer when it counted most.
The Panthers allowed just 41 yards of total offense in the second half, and just four yards in the fourth quarter.
"We dominate," Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy said summing up the unit's attitude. "We take what we want. We do Authentic James White Jersey what we want. That's our style of defense."
The Panthers' defense cramped the style of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, limiting him to 11 for 22 passing for 91 yards with one interception and just 16 rushing yards on four carries.
Drayton Florence's interception of a Kaepernick pass intended for Mario Manningham in the final minute with San Francisco out of timeouts sealed the victory for Carolina.
Frank Gore rushed for 82 yards on 16 carries to lead San Francisco (6 3), which had a five game winning streak snapped.
San Francisco led 9 0 on three Phil Dawson field goals including a 53 yarder www.officialfalconsnflauthentic.com/authentic-devonta-freeman-jersey.html on the opening drive.
After a dreadful start, Cam Newton engineered an eight play 80 yard drive that culminated with DeAngelo Williams' 27 yard scoring run.
Before that drive, Newton was 2 for 11 for 13 yards with one interception.
He completed all three attempts on that drive for 41 yards including a crucial 17 yarder to Brandon LaFell on a third and 7 from the Carolina 23.
"I know with us scoring right before half it kind of shattered their momentum somewhat," Newton said.