CHARLOTTE, NC – 49 players turned into a balanced and effective offensive tackle after the top defensive player knocked out Sunday’s Week 5 game against the Carolina Panthers.
The 49ers produced some of their best offensive performances of the season behind quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and a solid running game in the team’s 37-15 win over the lowly Panthers and coach Matt Rowley.
defensive end Nick Bosa, who entered the week as an NFL captain with six sacks, He suffered a thigh injury in the third quarter. He was immediately disqualified, putting him in the upcoming matches into question.
The match did not start well for the 49 players from an injury standpoint, with safety veteran Jimmy Ward sustaining a hand injury in the first defensive play of the match and not returning. Ward was playing his first season after losing time with a hamstring injury.
Garoppolo responded with his best game of the season. He completed 18 of 30 pass attempts for 253 yards with two touchdowns with no interceptions.
The 49ers were especially strong in the third touchdown. While building 30-12 bullets, the 49ers converted seven of their first 11 (64 percent) of their attempts for third.
The 49ers improved to 3-2 on the season, and here are their victory points over the Panthers:
killer defense instinct
The 49ers’ defense didn’t allow a touchdown in the first half of any of their first five games.
However, the 49 players have not advanced by more than eight points in the first half of any game this season – until Sunday’s game. And again, this was the defense that accomplished that.
back corner Emmanuel Moseley misses a pass of Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield and returned 41 yards for a touchdown near the break to give the 49ers a 17-3 lead.
It was the second time the 49ers defense had scored a return interception in two games. Talanoa Huvanga eliminated the 49ers’ Week 4 win over the Los Angeles Rams with a pick of six against Matthew Stafford.
The 49 players conceded just 12 points, from four field goals, in the first half of their five games this season.
Coleman makes a mark in the background
Tiffin Coleman played a prominent role in facing the Panthers as backup for rookie Jeff Wilson.
Coleman got into the game and carried the ball eight times for 23 fast yards and landed with three receptions for 44 yards and a mid-air landing.
But his biggest mark came as a recipient.
Coleman appeared in 23 games for the 49ers in 2019 and 20. During that time, he only picked up 25 passes for 214 yards and one touchdown.
In the first half of Sunday, Coleman came in with three receptions for 44 yards and one touchdown.
Coleman earned a 9-yard touchdown pass from Garoppolo to lock down the 49ers’ first offensive streak to advance 7-0 in the first quarter.
Subsequently, Coleman made a big shot on Panther safety Miles Heartfield to gain 30 yards to set up a Ruby Gold field goal.
Wilson made a strong showing for the 49ers as he continues the starter role after injury to Elijah Mitchell. Wilson carried 17 times for 120 yards and touchdowns.
Get Share Kettle
The 49 players seemed determined to get the ball into George Kittel’s hands at the start of their Week 5 game against the Panthers.
Garoppolo’s first two passing attempts were for Kettle, who got both passes for 25 yards. In Kittle’s previous eight games, he averaged just 27.1 yards per game.
Kittel seemed to be on his way to a big receiving game, when he picked up a fourth pass in the first quarter. However, he stripped Carolina Keitel’s Damien Wilson, forcing the Panthers to end the Littour Gross Matos defense to thwart driving the 49ers near their midfield.
While Kittle showed early signs of coming out of his slack, the 49ers couldn’t get much from receiver Deebo Samuel.
Samuel was the target of Garoppolo’s five passing attempts in the first half, all of which fell incompletely. Garoppolo was 11 of 13 for 136 yards on passes assigned to his other goals.
Samuel opened the second half with a 16-yard reception in a second play and 15. 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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