Panthers 23, 49ers 3

The 49ers finally halted their six year opening game magic by getting they guts stomped by the Carolina Panthers, even though the Panthers played poorly themselves. Double ouch.

And so begins the Kyle Shanahan Era, three years into the Post Harbaugh Error.

The Niner defense had no pass rush and no sacks, but their run defense was vastly improved from the epic disaster of last year. First round draft pick Solomon Thomas was mostly invisible, along with recently elevated to elite status Tank Carradine. Elvis Dumervil actually WAS invisible, failing to show up anywhere on the stat sheet.

The Panther defense was a bit more betterly. They sacked Brian Hoyer four times, forced a fumble, make an interception, and most importantly stuffed the Niners on 4 of the 5 times they went for it on fourth down. These stuffings led directly to at least a thirteen point swing in the game. Two field goals for the Panthers and seven less points for the 49ers.

The Marquis Goodwin who looked like a terror in preseason reverted back to the Goodwin that existed on his previous team. Maybe he’ll catch a long pass, maybe he won’t. Yesterday, he didn’t. Dropping one that landed right in his breadbasket.

On the plus side for the locals, RB Carlos Hyde looked decent and made it through the entire game without getting injured. Perhaps next week. QB Hoyer looked okay, not great, not bad, not enough.

Then there was the offensive line, specifically the two guards. They completely lived up to the suspicions that they were completely inept. It looks like another year of 49er QBs fearing for their lives.

Some would say Shanahan was foolhardy in attempting the two fourth down conversions near midfield which led directly to Carolina scores. Some would applaud the bravado. And some would notice this gung-ho approach was the same one that cost his previous team a Super Bowl trophy. And that about sums up the somes.

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53 comments on “Panthers 23, 49ers 3
  1. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Seahawks favored against 49ers Sunday by more points (13) than they scored Sunday at Green Bay (9).”


  2. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Good and bad from CSNBA:

    “On offense, Zane Beadles had lowest PFF grade of any guard through Sunday’s games in Week 1. Beadles allowed a quarterback sack – a game-turning sack-strip against Carolina defensive lineman Wes Horton. He also surrendered a quarterback hit and four hurries while in pass protection.

    “The 49ers’ best performance on the offensive line came from right tackle Trent Brown, according to PFF. Brown did not allow a quarterback pressure on 41 pass-blocking snaps.”

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Reuben Foster will miss time with high ankle sprain.”

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    From the pics I’ve seen, the stadium was barely half full at the start of the game and only about 25% full at the start of the second half.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Just as everyone expected: after NFL’s first Sunday of season, the two top-rated QBs are Alex Smith and Jared Goff.”

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Foster will miss 4-6 weeks with the high ankle sprain.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When they put Foster on the cart I thought he might be gone for the season with a knee injury

    Having Foster for the last 10 games is still a plus.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Goodwin’s drop, Foster being carted off and Tartt basically whiffing
    on his tackle (he simply had to push him out of bounds) set the tone that this might be a long afternoon.

    Newton tried to keep the Niners in the game missing a couple of TDs to wide open receivers.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure I like a female play by play announcer, especially teamed with sexy Rexy Ryan. She better keep her toes covered in the booth.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’d say Beadles ain’t long for the NFL. He was pretty much toast when Baalke brought him here last year.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Packers releasing Ricky Jean Francois.”

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Couldn’t sneak him through waivers: “Panthers have claimed former 49ers OT John Theus.”

  13. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    What would you consider to be a success for tomorrow’s game? I don’t think victory is a very reasonable expectation. If we start with the idea that this year is mostly a preseason/ practice season, then what skills do we want to see develop this week?
    My suggestions:
    1 – Interior line competence. Yes, Seattle’s D-line will get their pressures, but I’d like to see them have to earn their penetration, not just be invited in by Los Tres Matadors.
    2 – Goodwin improves his catching. This might be a bit much to ask, given his history, but delivering on one or two long throws would be a positive sign.
    3 – Limited Mental mistakes in the secondary. Let’s not let anyone run free this week, okay?
    If I can see those things, I kind of don’t care what the score is. It’s been a long time since I expected a win.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think we were favored in any games last year, so you’d have to go back to 2015 for that.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And another Baalke boy goes packing: “49ers promote CB Asa Jackson to the active roster from the team’s practice squad and waive CB Keith Reaser.”

  16. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I would like to see at least one sack for all the #1’s we have. I would like to see our run game get some production and hopefully Hoyer can stay on his feet for most of the game.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Seattle has probably an even worse O-line than the Niners, so maybe you’ll get one of your wishes. The other two seem unlikely.

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    If the Niners are remotely competitive in Seattle, it will be a big step forward.

  19. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Seahawks oline made Packers dline look great last week. How long will RT survive.

    George Fant LT lost in preseason. Luke Joeckel shown he was overdrafted by JAX and cannot handle LT. Neither can the replacement.

    RW makes their O click. Big dollars at risk on every pass play.

    What would SEA give up for Staley. SEA coughed up a 2nd for a young Sheldon Richardson. Staley for their big mouth CB?

  20. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Good stuff from CAR game.

    Season off to good start. Reuben Foster out 4 to 6 weeks with a non-threatening career injury. Armstrong not a good backup. So versus the pass all 3 LB’s easy money against great OC’s.

    Did not expect Ram’s to gel this quick with McVay and Goff with all their new weapons.

    With any luck we can match our record from last year.

  21. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Cohn has an attack plan sketched out.

    Remember the success NE had against SEA a couple years back. The soon to be QB coach and talk show announcer at that time, Steve Logan, said to attack the middle of the D with short passes to slot WR, RB, and TE.

    Trent Taylor, Hyde/Breida, and Kittle could be busy tomorrow.

    Still want the loss but we can look good.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    If the Rams put up another 40 pts against Washington today, we might start wondering if we hired the wrong offensive guru this past offseason.

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If we don’t put up double digits this week ourselves Skeebs, I’m thinking 0-3 come Thursday night myself.
    Assuming Seattle does to us what Seattle normally does to us today, of course.

  24. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Deja vu all over again. Top D’s in CAR then SEA. Last year had tougher teams at the start.

    At least Hoyer will stick. FO bailed on Gabbert for the Marxist only a chuck could love. BG in a far better place.

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think he’s smart enough to be a Marxist.

  26. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Laken Tomlinson to start for 49ers at LG in place of Zane Beadles.”

  27. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    According to chuck’s rules that would make you a racist. Expect another appearance soon.

  28. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers inactives

    WR Kendrick Bourne
    CB Ahkello Witherspooon
    DB Lorenzo Jerome
    LB P. Taumoepenu
    LB Reuben Foster
    OL Erik Magnuson
    DL X.Cooper

  29. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    First quarter yardage: Seahawks 91, 49ers 9.

    If Seattle had any offense other than Russell Wilson running in circles making plays, any O-line or running game, this thing would already be over.

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Seahawks 6, Carlos Hyde 6. We all saw this coming.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tied 6-6 at the half.
    Defense is inspired meeting Seahag RBs in backfield.

  32. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I imagine the Seattle locker room is pretty steamy right now.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners call a timeout and Sehags still put a kill shot hit on Hoyer.

    That should have been a personal foul on Clark.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Century Link Stadium is not so loud today.

    Did the 12th man stay home today?

  35. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    When we were good, I always said, “Don’t let a weaker team hang around after you should have put them away.”

    Seattle should have buried us early.

    Question now is, can we steal this game right out from under them?

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When is the last time the Niners led in the 4th quarter in Seattle???

  37. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Moral victory?

  38. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    And the answer is, no. Defense wore down and cannot even stop the run at the end. But, Yeah, we scared the shit out of Carroll and Company right up to the last 7 or 8 minutes. They almost gave this one away.

  39. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    A QB without wheels. Thank god we were able to pull this back from the jaws of victory. Am assuming SEA can run out the clock.

    Hoyer was chosen for a reason. That is why they released Gabbert.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    At least one demon has been exorcised.
    Seattle is not the chamber of horrors it has been.
    Average margin of victory before today was 16 points.
    This team had fight in them.

  41. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    RW exposed on all of his runs. Even CAR and cam gave up on that approach.

    SEA may be shopping.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Last year at Seattle Gabbert was 14/25 119 yards 0TDs and 1 Int.
    Bottom line Niners lost by 19 points 38-17.

    I have turned the page on Gabbert. He wasn’t the answer. Time to end your mancrush.

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Seahgas had the ball almost 14 mins longer than the Niners.
    Time of possession caused the Defense to be spent in the 4th quarter.
    Seahags ran 31 more plays than the Niners.

  44. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Apples and oranges. An NFL starter was let go for nothing. He will have a career.

    MINN trades for BG soon. Bradford and Bridgewater are glass right now. Heard it here first.

  45. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From Brady Henderson ESPN:

    SEATTLE — The go-ahead touchdown catch that Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson made Sunday must have been a painful one.

    Richardson suffered a compound fracture of the ring finger on his right hand earlier in the game.

    Fellow wide receiver Doug Baldwin marveled at the feat in the locker room following the Seahawks’ 12-9 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

    “I don’t know if I’m allowed to tell you guys this but he dislocated his finger,” Baldwin said. “It came out of his skin and he’s sitting there bleeding, his bone is out of the skin. He goes into the locker room, sews it up and tapes it up, comes back out and scores the game-winning touchdown. That’s the mentality that we have here and I couldn’t be more proud of these guys.”

  46. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From Cohn:

    QUARTERBACK: F. Statistically one of the worst performances we’ve seen from a 49ers quarterback in a long time. Brian Hoyer threw no touchdown passes, one interception, completed just 56 percent of his passes and threw for a mere 99 yards. Ugh! Instead of signing Hoyer, the Niners should have signed Jay Cutler, as I wrote during the offseason. Cutler led the Dolphins to a win over the Chargers today and posted a quarterback rating of 101.8.

    The barnyard swamp had a low opinion of cutler, known as cutlets over there.

  47. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Cohn forgets that 2 years ago Kap threw 2 pick sixes in the first 6 mins of the game and a total of 4 ints leading to a 47-7 loss to the Cards. That was a truly forgettable and forgettable performance by a 49er QB.

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Meant to say forgettable and regrettable performance.

  49. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    2 weeks into it and the Rams have found the End Zone pretty frequently.
    If Hoyer doesn’t find it Thursday night, I’m curious to see what happens with the QB position during the extended run-up to week 4.
    Way too early to panic but….CJ has to be given some game exposure this season to determine whether Cousins becomes a FA target next Spring.
    I’d prefer to stay neutral on Drafting a QB in favor of other needs in RD1 if possible.
    Again, too early for that prep just yet.

    If Shanny doesn’t beat Sean McVay Thursday night, it oughta get real interesting….

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Our best path to victory over the Rams might just be Carlos and the running game?
    Rams allowed 229Yds on the ground to DC.
    Screw Hoyer.
    Pound the rock.

  51. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17