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Panthers 46, 49ers 27

Carolina safety Kurt Coleman, bottom, and linebacker Luke Kuechly stop 49ers receiver Jeremy Kerley in the second quarter.

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Carolina safety Kurt Coleman, bottom, and linebacker Luke Kuechly stop 49ers receiver Jeremy Kerley in the second quarter.

Benjamin's back, strong

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There were some worries over how Kelvin Benjamin's return would affect the Panthers' chemistry on offense. Not anymore.

No doubt about it, the Panthers wide-shouldered, long-legged 6-foot-5, 245-pound receiver out of Florida State is back — and defending NFC champion Carolina is better for it.

His connection with reigning MVP Cam Newton helped the Panthers rack up 529 yards against a San Francisco team that shut out the Rams last week. Benjamin, who missed last season, caught seven passes for two scores and withstood some big hits.

Said Newton: "You can't coach that. I told him and Devin (Funchess) that God gave them the three S's: size, speed and strength. To have all three of those things is just unbelievable."

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