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San Francisco 49ers Report Card: Who Made the Grade Against the Panthers?
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In a must win game against the 0-5 Carolina Panthers, the San Francisco 49ers found yet another way to lose.

The 49ers had a brilliant first drive of the game, scoring on a one-yard touchdown to Vernon Davis. The touchdown play occurred after Davis and quarterback Alex Smith hooked up for a 53-yard completion.

The 49ers lined up in running formations and threw the ball, and they lined up in passing formations and ran the ball.

Running back Frank Gore looked good early, ripping off several long runs, including one for 20 yards.

But after that first touchdown, the offense just could not find the end zone.

You just had the feeling that if Carolina kept it close, they would pull it out in the end.

At one point Carolina even tried giving the game to the 49ers, as rookie receiver David Gettis dropped a sure touchdown catch on fourth down.

But even then, didn’t you have the feeling that Gettis would redeem himself?

Due to an injury early in the third quarter to Smith, the remarkably ineffective David Carr took the helm and could do nothing to move the offense.

After Carolina tied the game at 20, Carr threw an interception that allowed Carolina to score on a field goal that proved to be enough to win the game 23-20.

So without further ado, on to the grades for the game.

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