Carolina Panthers hit road block in undefeated San Francisco, fall 51-13.
The Carolina Panthers (four-three) had been coming off a 4 game win streak and bye week but struggled mightily against an undefeated San Francisco 49ers (7-) group. From the outset, Carolina appeared more than matched as their potent defense was gashed for 232 yards on the ground.
Up front the Panthers nevertheless managed to produce some stress, bringing 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo down 3 occasions, but San Francisco took complete benefit of their aggressiveness with various outdoors runs and middle screens that routinely went for sizable amounts of yardage.
Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen was repeatedly below stress and it showed. Even when properly protected, Allen struggled to hit receivers and forced the ball into coverage resulting in his initial profession interceptions and loss as a starter.
Moving forward the Panthers have what seems to be a reasonably friendly schedule minus divisional opponent New Orleans and a stop by to Green Bay. How Carolina responds subsequent week ought to set the stage for their second half.