49ers dominate in 37-15 blowout win over Panthers

Emmanuel Moseley celebrates his pick six of Baker Mayfield with his teammates at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday OCT 9, 2022. (San Francisco 49ers)

by Marko Ukalovic

It was a mismatch from beginning to end.

The San Francisco 49ers played its most complete of the game of the season in a commanding 37-15 blowout victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium.

The 49ers have won two games in a row after starting out 1-2 and lead the NFC West by a game over the rest of the rest of the division as everyone else lost their respective games. Carolina have lost two in a row and four of its first five games.

Once again San Francisco showed why it has one of the best defenses in the league. They sacked Panthers quarterbacks six times with one interception and contained star running back Christian McCaffery for the majority of the game, making him a non-factor in the one-dimensional Panthers offense.

San Francisco (3-2), for the second consecutive game, scored on its opening possession. Quarterback Jimmy Garopollo went 3 of 4 for 34 yards on a seven play 75-yard drive that ended with an eight-yard touchdown reception by backup running back Tevin Coleman on a screen play. Jeff Wilson Jr set up the drive with a 41-yard run to the Panthers nine-yard line.

Coleman was activated from the practice squad this week and proved dividends in head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense. It was Coleman’s first touchdown since 2019.

“I love when anyone gets in the end zone for us,” Shanahan said regarding Coleman’s performance. “Tevin’s (Coleman) awesome. It’s good having him back here. Those two touchdowns were awesome. I can’t believe the play he made on that third down. That go route, going up for that ball was huge. It kept us on the field. It was awesome for him to step it up.”

The one blip to the 49er’s afternoon was when Damien Wilson forced a fumble after a George Kittle reception that Yetur Gross-Matos recovered in the first quarter. It was just Kittle’ second career fumble in his six-season career.

Carolina (1-4) wasn’t able to take advantage of the turnover as kicker Eddie Pineiro missed a 41-yard field goal attempt.

San Francisco went up by two scores with 43 seconds left in the second quarter. Emmanuel Moseley intercepted a poorly thrown ball by quarterback Baker Mayfield and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown to give the 49ers a 17-3 lead.

The Panthers scored to open the second half on their opening drive. McCaffery cashed in a 4th and 1 conversion with a 19-yard touchdown run. However, Carolina failed on its two-point conversion attempt. Raheem Blackshear set up the seven play 51-yard drive with a 45-yard kickoff return.

San Francisco answered with a 10 play, 75-yard drive when Garoppolo connected with Deebo Samuel on a four-yard touchdown reception to give the 49ers a 24-9 lead more than halfway in the third quarter.

“Across the board we’re playing good offensively. We got ways to go, but yeah it was fun,” Garoppolo said.

San Francisco’s defense stepped up its game holding Carolina to just two more field goals the rest of the game.

San Francisco iced the game early in the fourth quarter with a long 12 play, 75-yard drive that consumed 6:09 off the clock when Wilson Jr. scored a one-yard touchdown to give the Niners a 30-12 lead. Jauan Jennings kept the drive alive converting a third down and 10 with a 22-yard reception that was followed by a 16-yard run by Wilson Jr. to the Panthers one-yard line.

Coleman concluded the scoring for San Francisco with his second touchdown of the game, a five-yard rushing touchdown. The drive was set up by a failed fourth down conversion attempt by Carolina that gave the ball to San Francisco at the three-yard line.

“I showed that I still have it. And it was definitely fun out there to play with this team,” Coleman said.

Unfortunately for San Francisco they suffered some key injuries during the game. Defensive end Nick Bosa went out of the game early in the second half with a groin injury and did not return. Kicker Robbie Gould was injured with a knee contusion when trying to tackle Blackshear during a 48-yard return. He also did not finish the game as punter Mitch Wishnowsky had to fill in for Gould making one of two extra points.

Moseley suffered a serious knee injury as Shanahan fear he may have a torn ACL. Jimmy Ward suffered a broken hand as both players did not return to the game.

“As much as it’s easy to say next man up, it’s not like we’re not thinking about those guys and missing them. But we’re going to find a way to get through it and continue to play at a high level,” linebacker Fred Warner said.

Garoppolo finished the game with an efficient 18-for-30 for 253 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Wilson Jr. had his best game of the season as he led all rushers with 120 yards on 17 carries and one touchdown. Kittle led the 49ers passing attack with five catches for 47 yards on six targets in his come-out game of the season. Brandon Aiuyk chipped in three catches for 58 yards.

Mayfield, who was benched late in the game for PJ Walker late in the game, finished the game 20-for-36 for 215 yards with no touchdowns and the pick six. McCaffery was held to just 54 yards on the ground on 14 carries but did chip in seven catches for 50 yards on 12 targets.

GAME NOTES: San Francisco was 7-for-12 on third conversions. Carolina was just 3-for-15.

The Niners improved to 6-6 all-time at Carolina. 

Head coach Shanahan improved to 5-4, including two consecutive wins, against the NFC South as the head coach of the 49ers. 

The 49ers defense did not allow a TD in the first half for the 5th-consecutive game, marking the first time they accomplished the feat since 2011 (6-consectutive games from Weeks 8-13). 

The streak marks the first time in franchise history that the 49ers defense did not allow a first-half TD in the first 5 games of the season and the first time among all NFL teams since Carolina accomplished the feat in 2013 [7 games: Weeks 1-8 (Week 4 Bye)]. 

Carolina is 0-25 when they have allowed 17 or more points in a game.

San Francisco held Carolina to just 64 net yards rushing.

UP NEXT: San Francisco concludes its two-game road trip when they take on the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday 10/16 at 10:00am at Mercedez-Benz Stadium.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Bosa could haunt Mayfield again this time in Carolina Sunday

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa jumps on the back of the Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matt Stafford at Levi Stadium on Mon Oct 3, 2022 as Bosa and the 49ers face the Carolina Panthers on Sun Oct 9, 2022 in Carolina. (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, the last time the San Francisco 49ers Nick Bosa faced quarterback Baker Mayfield was in 2019 when he was with the Cleveland Browns and gave him a time he would never forget with five quarterback hits, two sacks, Bosa also forced Mayfield to fumble resulting in a recovery.

#2 Now in a Carolina Panthers uniform Mayfield could once again feel Bosa’s breath on his neck when scrambling to get rid of the ball. Joe is this Panther’s offensive line better than the one that tried to protect Mayfield when he was in Cleveland.

#3 Joe after four weeks of football Mayfield is now scrambling again of the top ten teams that have seen quarterback sacks surmount the Panthers have seen Mayfield sacked 11 times already in this short month of the season tying him with 8.6 sack percentage for the eighth highest.

#4 On Bosa’s side of the coin he leads the NFL going into week 5 with six sacks already and he’s getting a good read on the opposing offensive line and able to get to the quarterback. He was good in 2019 and he looks like he hasn’t lost anything off getting to sack quarterback some three years later.

#5 Niners and Panthers kick off at 1:05pm talk about how you see both teams matching up on both sides of the football this afternoon?

Join Joe Hawkes for the 49ers podcasts each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Marko Ukalovic: 49ers look to pick up road win in Carolina Sunday at B of A Stadium

San Francisco 49ers safety Talanoa Hufanga, right, returns an interception for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams in second half action at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara on Monday Night Football Oct 3, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with Marko:

#1 Marko, San Francisco 49ers (2-2) head coach Kyle Shanahan said he was impressed by the 49ers offensive line against the Los Angeles Rams (2-2) on Monday Night Football.

#2 How important has Kevin Givens and Hassaan Ridgeway been on defense for the 49ers and at stopping the Rams last week.

#3 Look like the left tackle position has been a tough one to cover, the loss of Trent Williams (ankle) and Colton McKivitz (knee) had put some pressure on left tackle Jaylon Moore as the 49ers face the Panthers this Sunday.

#4 Marko taking a look at quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s numbers from the last game against the Rams 16-27 for 239 yards, one touchdown, he certainly got support from Deebo Samuel 57 yard touchdown and Talanoa Hufanga who returned an interception.

#5 49ers are in Carolina. The Panthers (1-3) lost last week to the Arizona Cardinals (2-2) 26-16. How do you see the 49ers and Panthers matching up this Sunday.

Join Marko for the 49ers podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Tony Renteria: Raiders hope to keep roll going after bye week

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) talks with running backs Hunter Renfrow (13) and Josh Jacobs (7) during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sun Oct 24, 2021 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Tony R:

#1 Tony after watching the Las Vegas Raiders (5-2) win their second straight game just how motivated are they after the head coaching change and the coaching job that Rich Bisaccia is doing.

#2 It seems like the attitude is much more positive and plays are getting finished they way they should and the players have responded to Bisaccia and the coaching staff on both sides of the ball.

#3 Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw 31-34, 323 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Carr has been laser beam focused and has directed the offense in the victories against Denver (3-4) and Philadelphia (2-5).

#5 Tony, can the Raiders keep it going they have a bye this Halloween Sun Oct 31st before resuming action on Sun Nov 7 against the New York Giants (2-5) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford. The Giants crushed their last opponent the Carolina Panthers (3-4) 25-3 at MetLife Stadium last Sunday. How do you see the Raiders and Giants matching up on Nov 7th?

Join Tony R for the Raiders podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Baez might have trouble finding a new team after season; Cam Newton cut from Patriots

The New York Mets Javier Baez scores ahead of the tag by the Miami Marlins catcher Alex Jackson for the winning run in the first game of a doubleheader at Citi Field in Flushing on Tue Aug 31, 2021 (AP News

On Headline Sports with Jessica:

#1 Javy Baez and Francisco Lindor of the New York Mets went from thumbs down to thumbs up after Baez and Lindor both apologized for giving Mets fans the thumbs down for booing them and the team in past games. Baez who got hit by a pitch which resulted in cheering from the Mets fans as Baez scored from first to home for the game winning run over the Washington Nationals 6-5. Jessica would it appear that Baez has redeemed himself?

#2 Mets team president Sandy Alderson said that the thumbs down gestures had to stop as Alderson had spoke to both Lindor and Baez before Monday night’s game to stop. They both apologized and Baez needed to do something to make up for his mistake and scoring the winning run is a good start.

#3 Jessica, will this hurt Baez’ chances to sign on for a new team and other teams who saw this will just move past Baez as Baez becomes a free agent in 2022.

#4 Jessica, turning to the NFL the New England Patriots released Cam Newton who in pre season threw for 14-21 for 162 yards, the Patriots will go for Mac Jones as their starter who was 36-52 for 162 yards. Newton was a Super Bowl quarterback when he was with the Carolina Panthers but lost in the Super Bowl, Newton said on Instagram regarding his release from the Patriots “don’t feel sorry for me I’m good.”

#5 Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyers said that he has weighed some of his cuts on the roster after the last pre season game based on unvaccinated and vaccinated players saying “Everyone was considered,” Meyer said. “That was part of the [considerations such as] production, let’s start talking about this, and also is he vaccinated or not? Can I say that that was a decision maker? It was certainly in consideration.”

Join Jessica for Headline Sports every other Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Orange smokey skies for Bay Area baseball; Fans fear Covid spread NFL ticket sales down; plus more

View of Oakland Coliseum during Houston Astros and Oakland A’s Wednesday night during batting practice as a smokey orange sky from the California fires hangs over the park (photo from @MLByahoosports)

Headline Sports podcast with Tony R

#1 Washington, Oregon and California fires have made California the worst air quality in the nation. With California’s huge sports teams college and pro and with a the nation’s largest pandemic combined how long will it be safe to continue sports in California?

#2 Both Bay Area teams played Wednesday under orange smokey skies the Houston Astros and Oakland A’s at the Oakland Coliseum in the fourth of their five game series and the Seattle Mariners at San Francisco Giants for a Wednesday night game.

#3 The Super Bowl Champion Kansas Chiefs have said that their ticket sales for their opener have been down due to fears of the pandemic and too many fans gathering in one place will tickets sales also be down in other NFL cities?

#4 This is opening week for the San Francisco 49ers who are hosting the Arizona Cardinals at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara. During camp 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garopplo and the offense were missing some plays and a number of ball were intercepted in practice. That said how do you see the 49ers heading into this first game with Arizona?

#5 The Las Vegas Raiders are in Carolina to face the Panthers in the Raiders very first game representing Las Vegas. The Panthers have only two injuries guard Dennis Daley will be out of Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and Eli Apple with a hamstring.

#6 Also Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota is out with pectoral strain, Raider head coach Jon Gruden said that Mariota was not damaged goods when the Raiders signed him.

Tony Renteria does Headline Sports every other Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Can 49ers keep it going against Seattle on Monday Night Football?

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On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Monday Night Football at Levi’s Stadium next week is expected to bring lots of excitement as the 49ers face what could be their biggest challenge of the 2019 season against the Seattle Seahawks.

#2 How banged up can a team get as the 49ers played against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Oct. 27th and turned around and played just four short days later against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 31st?

Listen to David’s 49ers podcasts every Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: No one is doubting the 49ers now

photo from sfgate.com: San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa runs with the ball after making an interception during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019.

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 No doubt that the 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the offense killed it on Sunday 51-13 against Carolina Panthers to improve to 7-0.

#2 The defense just handled the Panthers allowing the only 13 points. It got to point where the 49ers bench had to get into the game.

David Zizmor does the 49ers podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Niners Dominate Panthers 51-13, Improve to 7-0

photo from sfgate.com: Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen is sacked by San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019.

By: Joe Lami

SANTA CLARA — For the second time in franchise history, the San Francisco 49ers have started a season 7-0, thanks to a historic 51-13 beat down of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. It’s the first time since 2003 the Niners put up 50 and just the 12th time in franchise history.

It’s hard to believe that when a team drops a 50-burger, the defense is the first thing that should be mentioned, but that’s the case. No one had a better day than Nick Bosa, who had three sacks and an interception. It marks the first-time in 49ers’ history that a player had accomplished it and the first time since 2017 anyone has done so.

Bosa continues to strengthen his case as a lock for the Defensive Rookie of the Year, but now should be in consideration of Defensive Player of the Year. His teammate, Richard Sherman, agrees, “he’s playing like he’s been in the league for ten years. With what he’s shown so far, he should be in line for the defensive MVP.”

“Since the first day he’s gotten here, he hasn’t changed. No matter how everyone looks at him or how he plays or if he’s hurt or not. He’s always very even-keeled. I think people like that are very impressive. He’s just very confident in himselff. The more he plays, the better he’ll get, as long as he can stay healthy. He’s a special player, definitely hasn’t arrived yet. He has a lot more to go, but he’s been playing extremely well,” added Shanahan.

He was the driving force behind the defense’s incredible performance that included seven combined sacks, nine tackles for loss, nine QB hits, three interceptions, and seven pass break-ups.

Tevin Coleman powered the offense with one receiving and three rushing touchdowns on 118 all-purpose yards. He became the first Niner to score four TDs in a game since Jerry Rice in 1993 and just the third to total four in a single-game.

The offense looked electric on the first drive of the game, where they marched down the field on an 11-play 75-yard drive and wouldn’t look back. Emmanuel Sanders capped off the opening drive with his first touchdown as a member of the 49ers. He finished with three receptions for 19 yards and the touchdown.

“I ran a five-yard out route. The ball was tipped, but it ended up falling right into my hands. It was probably one of the easiest touchdowns I’ve had. It was awesome to get on the opening drive to be a newcomer on this team and be able to open up like that is awesome,” added Sanders.

Sanders’ new addition to the room gives a different perspective of how special this run truly is. “The locker room is just amazing with a great group of players and great personalities. I showed up today, expecting the same results in personality. I’ll never forget going out into the tunnel with these guys. Everybody was laughing and smiling. This is football; this is fun. I’m blessed to be here”.

Deebo Samuel and Raheem Mostert added to the scoring, both with rushing touchdowns.

Jimmy Garoppolo was nearly perfect, throwing 18/22 for 175 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception to Luke Keuchly. He was also sacked three times, including a safety. Following the game, he blamed the pick on a mental error trying to hit George Kittle. Kittle was his primary target, per usual, catching six balls for 86 yards.

Garoppolo continues to spread the ball around incredibly within Shanahan’s offense, as he’s thrown nine touchdowns to nine different receivers on the year.

Christian McCaffrey had the lone touchdown for the Panthers and was one of their only bright spots. He rushed for 117 yards on 14 carries and the score.

Kyle Allen entered the contest undefeated on the season but was quickly outmatched. He was held to just 4.3 yards per attempt, going for 158 yards, completing 19 of 37.

The Niners have to quickly recover and get ready for Thursday, where they will face the 3-4 Cardinals at 5:20 p.m. It won’t be a cakewalk either for San Francisco, as they’ve struggled mightily against Arizona. The Cardinals have owned the series recently, winning the last eight contests and nine of the last ten.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Lami: Can Garoppolo throw for some scores against Carolina this Sunday?

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On the 49ers podcast with Joe:

#1 The 49ers are coming off another win from last week in Washington in a muddy, rainy game. The Niners got three field goals out of kicker Robbie Gould. Good enough for the 9-0 victory.

#2 In spite of the win, there were some things that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo would have like to accomplish like throwing a couple touchdowns. Was it the rainy conditions that prevented that or were Washington’s pass rushers not giving him enough time?

#3 Talk about the acquisition of wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who has 30 catches, 367 yards and two touchdowns. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said “Emmanuel is the man” at wide receiver.

#4 Sanders doesn’t come to Santa Clara without some nuances. While in Denver, he had a fight with a teammate Courtland Sutton in practice. Sanders said Denver was “like living in a world of suck” and finally, Denver general manager John Elway said of Sanders: “Emmanuel had issues and we had issues that’s why it was a good time for us to go in a different directions.”

#5 The 49ers host the Carolina Panthers this Sunday. Can Garoppolo have a better day throwing against the Panthers than he did against Washington in this one coming up?

Joe Lami does the 49ers podcasts each Friday on http://www.sportsradioservice.com