Despite the San Francisco 49ers (1-1) being -13.5 point underdogs, they fought hard for four-quarters before losing the game to the Carolina Panthers (1-1) 46-27. Just one week after garnering praise by me, I had no choice but to point out their faults in their week 2 matchup.
Below are my top three takeaways from each category, as I breakdown, 3 good, 3 bad, and 3 downright ugly things from yesterday’s Ram’s game.
- SS Antoine Bethea creates/forces two turnovers
Analysis: No question, Bethea gave up big plays in the passing game including the 78-yard TD to TE Greg Olsen. A player that does not have the range to cover in the backend, Bethea did make up for it by being involved in two first-half turnovers.
The first, was the tip-drill INT in the first-quarter and the second came off a big hit on Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker at the top of the second-quarter forcing a fumble.
- WR Quinton Patton displays heart with downfield blocking:
Analysis: Certain things just don’t show up on a stat sheet, and Patton’s fight as a downfield blocker is no exception. Whether clearing out running lanes for RB Carlos Hyde on the outside zone runs to springing TE Vance McDonald for a 75-yard touchdown, Patton showed why he was invaluable to the team’s run game.
- RB Shaun Draughn recovers kickoff inside Panthers 2-yard line:
Analysis: A careless muff by Panthers WR Ted Ginn Jr., quickly rejuvenated a 49ers team desperate to get back in the game- thanks to the downfield never say die attitude of Draughn.
- SS Antoine Bethea allows 2 touchdowns in coverage:
Analysis: Despite forcing a pair of turnovers, Bethea did give up two touchdown scores in coverage. The first touchdown was the double-move down the seam to Olsen for a quick 78-yard score and the other was a late go-route touchdown to WR Devin Funchess.
- Non-Existent Pass-Rush
Analysis: The 49ers had no sacks on the day despite Panthers QB Cam Newton dropping back 40 times. Unacceptable.
- DB Jimmie Ward allows 2 touchdowns in coverage:
Analysis: A tough task for the third-year cornerback, WR Kelvin Benjamin proved to be too big and physical down in the red zone.
- RB Carlos Hyde costly fumble return for touchdown
Play: 1st Quarter/4:16/2nd & 7 @SF 14 yard-line
Formation: 11 personnel
Analysis: The momentum was clearly favoring the 49ers up until Hyde’s costly fumble. A negative play that saw Hyde get smashed by DE Charles Johnson up the middle (A-gap), the ball then popped loose allowing LB Shaq Thompson to scoop it up and trot into the end-zone.
Pass attempts of 10+ yards yesterday:
Newton: 10-16, 259 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT – 145.8 rating
Gabbert: 5-16, 120 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT – 59.3 rating
— Jeff Deeney (@PFF_Jeff) September 19, 2016
- QB Blaine Gabbert Accuracy Woes Continue
Play: 1st Quarter/1:30/1st & 10 @CAR 41 yard-line
Formation: 11 personnel
Analysis: Gabbert failed to re-establish his re-launching point inside the pocket, making a routine 20-yard completion off the seam to TE Vance McDonald turn into an over-thrown pass downfield.
- 12 Missed Tackles
Analysis: By my count the following players were unable to bring down the ball-carrier on initial-contact:
WR Aaron Burbridge (1)
DE Arik Armstead (1)
DE DeForest Buckner (1)
NT Mike Purcell (1)
ILB Gerald Hodges (1)
ILB NaVorro Bowman (4)
CB Jimmie Ward (1)
SS Jaquiski Tartt (1)
OLB Eli Harold (1)