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S4 S8: Carolina Panthers @ San Francisco 49ers

Discussion in 'Game Summaries' started by Boom29, May 30, 2013.

  1. Boom29

    Boom29 Walk On

    Jul 7, 2011
    49ers Hold On
    squeak by Panthers 24-20

    San Francisco barely hangs on against Carolina despite holding 24-10 lead entering fourth.

    San Francisco raced out to a 14-3 lead in the first quarter on the strength of a kick return for a touchdown and a short TD run following a Carolina turnover. Though Carolina would close the gap to 17-10 at the half, the 49ers reestablished control when FS Dominic Sessions intercepted a Newton pass midway through the third quarter and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown and a 24-10 lead.

    Cam Newton drove the Panthers the length of the field, ending with a short TD pass to WR Tyrell Prendergast midway through the fourth quarter to bring his team within seven. A few possessions later, the Panthers were in a position to tie the game as they again drove into San Francisco territory. However, after the 49ers defense forced 4th down, the Panthers elected to kick a FG instead of attempt the short conversion. Unfortunately for Carolina, that would be the last time they would see the ball as San Francisco proceeded to run out the clock.

    Blaza, Good game! Turnovers were the difference in this one, especially the punt return fumble in the fourth. I was expecting you to go for it on the 4th down play with two minutes left and was glad you decided to kick a FG.

    Notable Stats
    Carolina Panthers San Francisco 49ers[/B]
    QB Cam Newton - 25/38, 316 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT QB Colin Kaepernick - 9/13, 63 yards
    HB Miles Barton - 6 car, 24 yards, long 9; 4 rec, 88 yards, long 39 HB Cedric Shepherd - 13 car, 59 yards, TD, long 16
    TE Greg Olsen - 4 rec, 51 yards, long 27 WR Michael Crabtree - 4 rec, 33 yards, long 21
    WR Johnny Knox - 5 rec, 52 yards, TD, long 22 FS Dominic Sessions - 4 tack, INT, TD
    WR Tyrell Prendergast - 4 rec, 53 yards, TD, long 19 OLB Ahmad Brooks - 3 tack, 2 TFL, sack
    DT Spencer Johnson - 2 tack, TFL, sack CB Lekambrick Henry - 102 yard KR TD

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