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49ers Watch: Defense dominates again against Panthers

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The 49ers turned to a balanced and efficient offensive attack after their best defensive player was sent off Sunday against the Carolina Panthers in Week 5.

The 49ers put on their best offensive show of the season behind quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and the team’s 37-15 win put the team’s strong running game against the low-ranking Panthers and struggling head coach Matt Rule. summarized.

Defensive end Nick Bosa, who entered the week with six sacks as the NFL leader, suffered a groin injury in the third quarter. He was quickly ruled out and his status in upcoming matches has been called into question.

The game didn’t start too well for the 49ers from an injury perspective, as veteran safety Jimmy Ward suffered a hand injury on the first defensive play of the game and did not return. Ward was making his season debut after losing time with a hamstring injury.

Garoppolo responded with their best game of the season. He completed 18 of 30 pass attempts for 253 yards with 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.

Especially the 49ers had a strong third down. While building a 30-12 lead, the 49ers made seven of his 11 third-down attempts in the first (64%).

The 49ers improved to 3-2 during the season. Here are the points from the win against the Panthers.

Defense killer instinct

The 49ers defense did not allow a touchdown in the first half of the first five games.

Still, the 49ers didn’t lead by more than eight points in the first half of a game this season until Sunday’s game. And, again, it was the defense that made it.

Cornerback Emmanuel Moseley picked up an errant pass from Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown near the end of the first half, giving the 49ers a 17–3 lead.

It was the second time in two games that a 49ers defense had scored on an interception return. Tarano Ahufanga put away his 49ers Week 4 victory over the Los Angeles Rams with a Pick 6 against Matthew Stafford.

The 49ers have given up just 12 points on four field goals in the first half of five games this season.

Coleman in action in the backfield

Running back Tevin Coleman played a key role against the Panthers as a backup to starter Jeff Wilson.

Coleman dove into the game, carrying the ball eight times for 23 rushing yards, and landing a touchdown on the ground with three receptions for 44 receiving yards and a touchdown in the air.

However, his greatest trait was born as a receiver.

Coleman appeared in 23 games for the 49ers in 2019 and 2020. During that time, he caught just 25 passes for 214 yards and one touchdown.
Coleman had three receptions for 44 yards and one touchdown early Sunday.

Coleman caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Garoppolo to close out the 49ers’ first offensive series with a 7–0 lead in the first quarter.

Coleman then had a great run to get Panthers safety Myles Hartfield 30 yards to set up a field goal for Robbie Gould.

Wilson had a strong game with the 49ers as he continues to play a starting role following the injury of Elijah Mitchell. Wilson had 17 carries for 120 yards and a touchdown.

involve kittle

The 49ers looked determined to get the ball into tight end George Kittle’s hands at the start of a Week 5 game against the Panthers.

Garoppolo’s first two pass attempts were aimed at Kittle, who caught both passes for a total of 25 yards. In Kittle’s last eight games, he averaged just 27.1 yards per game receiving.

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Kittle seemed on track for a big receiving game when he caught the fourth pass of the first quarter. But Carolina linebacker Damian Wilson stripped Kittle, forcing a fumble, and Panthers defensive end Yetul Grosmatos recovered to block the 49ers’ drive near midfield.

Kittle showed early signs of coming out of a pass-catching slump, but the 49ers were unable to acquire wide receiver Deebo Samuel.
Samuel was the subject of five Garoppolo attempts in the first half, all of which were unsuccessful. Garoppolo went 11 of 13, as he achieved 136 yards on passes to other targets.

Samuel started the second half with receptions for 16 yards in the second and 15 plays. And he helped give the 49ers a 24-9 lead in the third quarter with a 4-yard touchdown reception from Garoppolo.

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