After starting off the 2016 season with a shutout win at home on Monday Night Football, the 49ers were given the daunting task of traveling to the east coast on a short week. They took on the NFC champion Carolina Panthers, who were coming off a loss and a few extra days of rest. The game ended predictably, with the 49ers losing to Carolina 46-27. They held their own in the 1st half with the Panthers lead only being 17-10 at halftime, but the 2nd half ended any hope of pulling off the upset.
Blaine Gabbert had a rough day minus a couple of throws to Torrey Smith and Vance McDonald that led to touchdowns. He ended 17 for 36 with 2 touchdowns and 2 picks. The game was lost when Blaine went 0 for 5 on 3rd downs in the 2nd and 3rd quarters while Carolina scored 24 unanswered points in the same period. The running game was unable to get started against the Carolina dominating front 7. Carlos Hyde had 34 yards and a fumble, his backup Shaun Draughn added 21 yards.
The defense started the game on a strong note when NaVorro Bowman batted a Cam Newton pass and Antoine Bethea came down with the interception. They would have 3 more takeaways in the game, which would usually win a game, but the 49ers offense had 3 turnovers of their own. The 1st TD given up by the defense came on a busted coverage with Cam’s favorite target, TE Greg Olsen, running free for a 78 yard TD. After halftime, the floodgates opened. Due to a likely combination of no sustained offense, humidity, Cam Newton, and Kelvin Benjamin, the 49ers defense gave up 29 points in the 2nd half. No pressure allowed Cam the time to slice the pass defense for 353 yards and 4 TDs. That is not a winning formula for any team against the reigning MVP.
The 49ers sit with a 1-1 record, but are still on top of the NFC West. Every team in the division has a 1-1 record through Week 2 and the 49ers travel to Seattle next Sunday. Seattle lost to the LA Rams on Sunday and will be looking to get back to winning ways at home against the 49ers.
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