It had the making of a great game for San Francisco, but by the end, we found out a lot that we already knew about this team. Mainly that they are terrible. The San Francisco 49ers would find a way to lose against the lowly Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Coming into the game, the 49ers and the Panthers were one of the worst teams in the league. The 49ers only picked up their first game last Sunday and the Panthers still had not picked up a win, until they took care of the 49ers today.
Alex Smith, who left the game with what looks to be a sprained shoulder, actually started the game pretty well. He had a 53-yard passing play to Vernon Davis which set-up Davis’ 1-yard TD catch to make the game 7-0 in the early going. A John Kasay field goal saw the first quarter ending with the 49ers having a 7-3 lead.
In the second quarter, the 49ers had a field goal of their own and the Panthers scored a touchdown on an 18-yard pass from Matt Moore to David Gettis. The halftime score would be 10-10, but one had to believe that by the end of the game, the 49ers would end up being victorious.
During the Niners’ first possession of the second half, Alex Smith got injured as he was sacked by a Panthers defensive player. During his time in the first half, he went 9-19 passing with 129 yards and 1 touchdown. David Carr would replace him, but he did absolutely nothing to convince us that he can lead this team to any kind of victory. The Panthers scored a field goal in the third quarter and lead 13-10 before the closing quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the 49ers would get back on top and even lead the game 20-13 at one point. The touchdown scored by the 49ers however came from a Ray McDonald 31-yard interception return. But, that would be the last time the 49ers had the lead. The Panthers, along with receiver David Gettis stormed back. Gettis would get his second TD of the day on a 23-yard pass from Matt Moore. Gettis finished the day with 125 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns on 8 receptions. Matt Moore, only regaining his starting job back this week had finished his day with 308 yards passing, 2 touchdowns, and an interception.
The 49ers are heading overseas and will be playing the Denver Broncos in London next Sunday. With that in mind, I don’t think the team will make any major changes after this loss. The extent of Alex Smith’s injury remains unknown and it will be interesting to see how this week plays out.
More to come later.