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The 49ers strike gold again as they run over the Panthers 51-13

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October 28, 2019 - 5:16 pm
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The 49ers strike gold again as they run over the Panthers 51-13

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By Charlie O. Mallonee @Charlieo1320

The San Francisco 49ers literally ran over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon on their way to a dominating 51-13 victory. The Niners record improved to 7-0 on the season and made them one of two undefeated teams in the NFL along with the 8-0 New England Patriots.

The last time the 49ers started the season 7-0 was in 1990. They went on to post a 10-0 record before losing their first game. San Francisco would finish the season 14-2, and that season came to an end in the NFC Championship Game when they lost to the New York Giants.

No one – and I do mean no one – saw this 49ers-winning streak coming. The 2019 Niners are truly the Cinderella story of this NFL season.

The run first 49ers

San Francisco continued to use the running game as the foundation of their offense. They rushed for a total 232 yards on Sunday. They also scored five touchdowns on the ground against the Panthers.

  • Tevin Coleman led the running attack with 105 yards and three TDs on 11 carries. He averaged 9.5 yards per carry.
  • Raheem Mostert scored one touchdown while picking up 60 yards on nine rushes.
  • Matt Breida carried the ball 11 times for 35 yards. He “tweaked” an ankle and was held out of the rest of the game.
  • WR Deebo Samuel also scored a running touchdown on an innovative play.

Tevin Coleman explained to reporters how he was able sore on Sunday, “The runs, definitely. It was real open. The guys on the O-Line blocked well, tight ends, receivers, they blocked well and they opened up gaps for me.”

“Jimmy G” had a solid Sunday

Jimmy Garoppolo took advantage of the deception that the running created to complete 18 of 22 passes for a total of 175 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked three times for a total of 19 yards lost and was intercepted once. Garoppolo finished with a QB Rating of 111.2.

Many of the 49ers were not touched before they reached the end zone. When asked why that happened, Garoppolo did not have to think about an answer: “Honestly, I thought our guys up front, they were getting after them. They set the tone early, and it was just throughout the entire game, when those guys are blocking like that and doing all the dirty work up front, it makes it a lot easier for the rest of us.”

Kittle led the receiving corps

  • George Kittle was the Niners top receiver on Sunday. He had six receptions on seven targets for 86 yards. He averaged 14.3 yards per reception.
  • The newest 49er – Emmanuel Sanders – recorded four receptions and put his first TD up on the board.
  • Tevin Coleman made it a four-touchdown day by catching a TD pass from Garoppolo.

George Kittle had this to say about having Emanuel Sanders being on the field for the 49ers on Sunday: “He’s pretty good. I mean, he’s established. He knows how to win. He’s a great player. You don’t have to coach him, just have to get him to know what our offense is about. I think he did a fantastic job. He made the plays when we called his number. He’s a distraction on some plays and I think he did everything we wanted him to do today. If we can keep doing that moving forward, it’s going to be some fun football.”

Dynamic Defense Dominates Again

The 49ers defense dominated their opponent again on Sunday. The Niners held the Panthers to a total of 230 yards of offense. Carolina was limited to 130 yards on the ground and to just 100 yards in the air. The Panthers scored just one TD in the contest.

  • Nick Bosa had a Rookie of the Year day as he recorded five tackles, three sacks, three quarterback hits and one interception.
  • Fred Warner recorded six tackles.

  • D.J. Jones had five tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss and one quarterback hit.
  • Richard Sherman recorded four tackles.
  • Kwon Alexander also put four tackles on the stat sheet.
  • Arik Armstead had three tackles and two sacks plus two tackles for loss.
  • Ronald Blair III made three tackles and had one sack.

Kwon Alexander on what has made Nick Bosa a defensive force: “I think he was born like that. There are a lot of people that work hard to get where he is. He practices hard. He practices his technique a lot. He goes out there and shows what he can do. He has just been amazing for us.”

Up next

The 49ers are not going to be able to sit back and enjoy this victory. The Niners have a very short week as they will play on Thursday night in Phoenix taking on the talented Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals.

 

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