And just like that, the Panthers are back in it.
After being held in check all afternoon, the Panthers crawled back into the game with an impressive 80-yard touchdown drive, and trail the 49ers 9-7 at halftime.
DeAngelo Williams capped the drive with a 27-yard run for a touchdown, giving the Panthers a shot of confidence just before halftime, knowing they’ll get the ball to start the second half.
The two teams are playing equally stingy defense, but the Panthers’ two turnovers are the difference at the moment.
If tight end Vernon Davis doesn’t come back (he was being evaluated for a concussion), the 49ers are going to have a hard time passing against a fired-up Panthers side.