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 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 we can.
"It's a big week. We know it is. We're going to show up on Sunday, and we're going to play. It'll be a lot of fun.''
The game opened as a pick 'em, but early action on the 49ers made them a one-point favorite.
San Francisco was a six-point favorite Nov. 10 when the Panthers beat the 49ers for Carolina's fifth straight win of what would be an eight-game winning streak.
Eagles: Wide receiver DeSean Jackson would like a raise, even though he has three years remaining on the five-year contract he signed in 2012. Jackson is due to make $10.5 million, including a workout bonus, in 2014. He made $7 million this season, when he had in 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.
"I definitely feel it's something deserving," Jackson said.
Dolphins: The team fired offensive coordinator Mike Sherman after two seasons. The Dolphins were ranked 27th in total offense and 26th in scoring at 19.8 points per game.
Patriots: New England placed linebacker Brandon Spikes on injured reserve because of a knee injury five days before the Patriots' playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Spikes, the Patriots' second-leading tackler, is their fourth key defender to be sidelined for the season, joining tackles Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly and linebacker Jerod Mayo.
Falcons: Owner Arthur Blank fully supports coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff and believes they'll lead his team back to the playoffs in 2014. In his first public comments since Atlanta ended a 4-12 season, Blank said Smith and Dimitroff have earned the right to change the team's fortunes next season.
Settlement details: Lawyers representing former NFL players in the proposed $765 million settlement of thousands of concussion-related claims detailed how the money would be divided.
The awards could reach $5 million for athletes with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease; $4 million for a death involving brain trauma; and $3 million for dementia cases.
Vikings: Minnesota has asked to interview Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden for its head coaching vacancy. But Gruden told reporters in Cincinnati that Tennessee and Washington have also requested permission. A person with knowledge of the process, speaking on condition of anonymity because the teams have not made information about the search public, told The Associated Press that Detroit has inquired, too.
Browns: A person with direct knowledge of Cleveland's ongoing coaching search told The Associated Press that the Browns will not interview Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, who has deep Ohio roots.
Redskins: The team is setting up an interview with Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, bringing the total of known candidates to 11 in Washington's coaching search.
Buccaneers: Former Cal cornerback Marc Anthony is among 12 free agents the team signed to future contracts for next season.
The Associated Press and ESPN.com contributed to this report.