WASHINGTON — Sunday’s Panthers-49ers playoff game will be viewed by keen eyes in the nation’s capitol as U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi have a little something riding on the outcome.
If the 49ers win, Hudson, a Republican who represents the state’s 8th District, which includes most of Robeson County, will have to treat Pelosi, a California Democrat, to some Southern delicacies — Bojangles chicken, Lance crackers and Cheerwine.
If the Panthers win, Pelosi will have to hand over some West Coast favorites, including sourdough bread from Boudin’s Bakery in San Francisco and chocolate from Ghirardelli and TCHO.
Hudson is confident the 12-4 Panthers will repeat an earlier-season win over the 49ers.
“If Leader Pelosi is so desperate to taste some delicious southern food and Cheerwine that she would enter into a bet she is sure to lose, you have to wonder what they’re feeding those folks out on the West Coast,” Hudson said. “But if she really wants to do this, I’ll gladly enjoy some San Francisco sweets every day next week while the Panthers are on their way to a conference championship.”
Pelosi is standing behind the 49ers, als0 12-4.
“San Francisco’s legendary chocolate and sourdough aren’t going anywhere: the 49ers are going to flatten the Panthers,” Pelosi saidt. “I look forward to starting next week with a hearty meal of chicken, crackers, Cheerwine, and victory.”
Kick-off is at 1 p.m. Carolina will reach the NFC Championship game, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m., with a win Sunday over the 49ers.