The Carolina Panthers were coming off of a bye week and they would travel to face the San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco smashed them in the mouth early and often as they destroyed Carolina by a score of 51-13.
Jimmy Garoppolo threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders in the first-quarter and Tevin Coleman scored on a 19-yard rushing touchdown. The 49ers lead 14-3 after one quarter.
Sanders caught four passes for 25 yards receiving and one touchdown in his debut with San Francisco after being traded from the Denver Broncos earlier in the week.
Garoppolo threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Coleman in the second-quarter for the San Francisco 49ers. He completed 18-of-22 passes for 175 yards two touchdowns and one interception. Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t have any rushing yards in this game.
His backup quarterback Nick Mullens came in the game late to get some mop up duty in this blowout. Mullens rushed for -3 yards on three carries.
Tevin Coleman scored on a 48-yard rushing touchdown later in the second-quarter for San Francisco (2-point conversion failed technically speaking because the holder dropped the ball on the extra point attempt). Coleman finished the game with 105 yards rushing on 11 carries and three touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 13 yards receiving and a touchdown.
George Kittle was the 49ers leading receiver with six receptions for 86 yards receiving.
In the third-quarter, Bruce Irvin sacked Jimmy Garoppolo in the end zone for a safety for Carolina.
On the ensuing drive for the Panthers, Christian McCaffrey scored on a 40-yard rushing touchdown (Christian McCaffrey 2-point conversion on a rushing attempt). He finished the game with 117 rushing yards on 14 carries and a score. McCaffrey also caught four passes for 38 yards receiving.
Curtis Samuel was Carolina’s leading receiver with four receptions for 46 yards receiving.
That is as close as the Carolina Panthers would get by a score of 27-13.
It was an avalanche after that.
Deebo Samuel scored on a 20-yard rushing touchdown in the third-quarter for San Francisco. He rushed for 29 yards on two carries and a score. Samuel also caught three passes for 19 yards receiving.
Head Coach Kyle Shanahan has done a tremendous job of scheming up these run plays. It looks like a high school offense on the field at the NFL and it is being run to perfection at times.
Tevin Coleman scored on a 1-yard touchdown run later in the third-quarter for the San Francisco 49ers.
They scored one more touchdown in the fourth-quarter on a Raheem Mostert 41-yard rushing touchdown to make it 51-13. Mostert finished with 60 rushing yards on nine carries and a score.
San Francisco’s defense made life difficult for Kyle Allen. Allen completed 19-of-37 passes for 158 yards and three interceptions.
Even with this bad performance, the Carolina Panthers should stick with him moving forward and they should keep Cam Newton on the bench.
The 49ers defense had seven sacks and Nick Bosa had three of them. He also had an interception in the game and Bosa almost returned one for a touchdown. Nick Bosa is one of the reasons why San Francisco has an elite defense and he might be even better than his brother Joey Bosa on the Los Angeles Chargers.
Carolina (4-3) will host the Tennessee Titans (4-4) next Sunday. The San Francisco 49ers (7-0) will be on the road against the Arizona Cardinals (3-4-1) on Thursday night.