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Do cross-country trip, early kickoff mean advantage Carolina?

While the Carolina Panthers had a bye last weekend, the San Francisco 49ers were playing a physical game in subzero temperatures in Green Bay. San Francisco will make a cross-country flight Friday, and play Sunday with the kickoff set for 10:05 a.m. Pacific time (1:05 p.m. in Charlotte).

Advantage, Carolina?

“I don’t know if there’s any advantage to it,” Rivera said. “You can say, ‘They kept working, so they could keep their continuity going,’ which is good for them. My understanding is coach Harbaugh will probably bring them out early on Friday, give them a chance to get used to it.

“So I don’t think there’s an advantage. I think the advantage will be this home field.”

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