Panthers vs. 49ers: Live Grades and Analysis for San Francisco

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Panthers vs. 49ers: Live Grades and Analysis for San Francisco
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

In a shocking upset, the Carolina Panthers defeat the San Francisco 49ers, 10-9. In this defensive showdown, the Panthers just made one more play to escape Candlestick Park with a victory.

Check below for final grades and analysis.


Carolina Panthers - 10

San Francisco 49ers - 9

San Francisco 49ers Grades
Position Unit First-Half Grade Final Grade
Pass Offense C D-
Run Offense B- C+
Pass Defense B+ B+
Run Defense C+ B
Special Teams C C
Coaching B C-

vs. Panthers Week 10

Game Analysis for the San Francisco 49ers

Pass Offense: Colin Kaepernick was under extreme duress for most of the second half. Vernon Davis was officially ruled out with a concussion, making it an easy decision to put the ball in Frank Gore’s hands. Kaepernick finished with just 91 yards passing.

Run Offense: As expected, the 49ers offense went through Frank Gore and this rushing attack. Gore wasn’t spectacular in the second half, but he got the job done on his end. Without Gore, this offense would be one of the worst in the league.

Pass Defense: The 49ers secondary did a solid job overall in limiting Cam Newton, but in all honesty, the Panthers receivers couldn’t catch a cold. Newton was held to 16-of-32 passing and one interception on the game, but made critical completions on a handful of third downs to secure the victory.

Run Defense: Despite their limited success on the ground, the Panthers stuck with the running game throughout the second half. With the exception of the DeAngelo Williams touchdown in the first half, the 49ers front seven played a solid game.

Special Teams: The 49ers coverage unit improved in the second half, which was likely due to the absence of Ted Ginn. Punter Andy Lee was great as usual, and kicker Phil Dawson made all four of his attempts.

Coaching: Without their best offensive weapon in Vernon Davis, the 49ers game plan on offense proved conservative. It seems the Panthers coaches made the necessary adjustments in the second half, while the 49ers looked complacent.

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First-Half Analysis for the San Francisco 49ers

Pass Offense: Colin Kaepernick did enough in the first half to keep the Panthers defense honest, but the game plan centered around Frank Gore in the first half. Vernon Davis is dealing with a possible concussion, which means Gore should continue to be the focus in the second half.

Run Offense: Frank Gore was used early and often in the first half. 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman mixed in some heavy formations and play action to loosen up this Panthers run defense. The 49ers finished with 80 rushing yards in the first half.

Pass Defense: The 49ers secondary proved stout in the first quarter, holding Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to just 1-of-7 passing. As expected, this game will not be won in the air. Newton finished with 54 yards passing and a interception in the first half.

Run Defense: The Panthers found little room on the ground in the first quarter, but improved play by DeAngelo Williams in the second quarter bridged the gap. Cam Newton was held in check, mostly because of the zone coverage utilized by the 49ers defense.

Special Teams: The 49ers coverage unit allowed former 49ers returner Ted Ginn to rip off two good returns in the first half. Ginn must be kept in check in the second half. 49ers kicker Phil Dawson was solid, nailing all three of his attempts.

Coaching: Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio came in with a fantastic defensive game plan. The 49ers offense missed some big chances, but they still have the lead heading into the second half.

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