The San Francisco 49ers’ defense was stellar on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. They gave up 250 yards of total offense and only 10 points.
The problem is Carolina only gave up 151 total yards of offense – including only 46 passing yards – and came out on top at Candlestick Park 10-9.
49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick looked confused with the constant pressure and was sacked 6 times. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman and his squad couldn’t get any rhythm going, and no sort of discernable game plan was present at times.
A lot of that is a great defensive effort by Carolina, but certainly some is poor execution across the board from San Francisco’s offense.
Phil Dawson kicked three first-half field goals, each time the 49ers settling — and failing to put together any sort of real touchdown threat in Carolina territory.
Mistakes, poor execution and a fabulous Panthers’ defense was just too much for the 49ers to overcome.
According to Andrew Pentis at 49ers.com, All Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman was understandably frustrated with the offensive performance.
“As a defense, we can’t control anything that is going on the other side of the ball,” said Bowman, who recorded a team-high 7 tackles along with fellow All Pro linebacker Patrick Willis. “You can only take so many punches, but you need the other side to give us something and they struggled today. They’ll go back to the drawing board and be better.”