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Adjustment in second half led to shutout for 49ers

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The Panthers had already been stonewalled at the goal line twice, but were still ahead just before halftime.

But their first two drives of the second half were enough to swing the balance of the game, and the 49ers defense knew it.

They forced the Panthers into a quick three-and-out, and then stopped a promising drive (the Panthers converted three third-and-1s) with a pair of sacks, leaving the Panthers in a hole they weren’t able to get out of.

They had some new things that we hadn’t seen on film,” 49ers safety Donte Whitner said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “Once we came in the locker room and understood what they were doing, then they went back to some of their basic stuff. That’s how we were able to come out and pitch a shutout in the second half.”

Having that 13-play drive end with a punt deflated the Panthers, and the home crowd, leaving Bank of America silent and confused.

“That was disappointing because we did such a nice job of getting the ball down into field-goal range,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “If we can protect him a little bit better or if he can dump it a little sooner, we give ourselves the chance to score and react to that 10-point lead.”

Instead, the Panthers are reacting to their season being over.

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12 Responses to “Adjustment in second half led to shutout for 49ers”
  1. TheDPR says: Jan 13, 2014 7:55 AM

    Newton needs to make better decisions, quicker.

    That’s what it boils down to for most young quarterbacks. Some guys never get it. I think Cam Newton has a good chance to.

  2. qdog112 says: Jan 13, 2014 8:01 AM

    My Panthers had a chance in the first half to take control of the game. Unfortunately, dumbass Mike Mitchell gets a penalty for a late hit, the 9ers go on to score, instead of punt.

    Sure, they only got 3 points, but it set the tone. On top of that, the DBs had 3 other senseless penalties, yet kept on talking. I fault lack of leadership in the secondary. They clearly allowed the “lack of respect” to get into their heads, coming into the game to make sure that would change.

    Nobody reigned them in and they kept jacking their jaws until the game ended. The offensive struggles were clear, but it was all setup by an undisciplined group of DBs, led by dumbass Mike Mitchell.

  3. kingcrusher says: Jan 13, 2014 8:02 AM

    “The Panthers had already been stonewalled at the goal line twice, but were still ahead at halftime.”

    Hmmm, reminds me of the old days when reporters reported on the games that they weren’t actually watching. 10-13 (san Frans favor) at halftime does not seem like they were ahead…

  4. rap49er says: Jan 13, 2014 8:02 AM

    Niners led at half. Did you watch the game??

  5. skylynx05 says: Jan 13, 2014 8:07 AM

    Not to be too critical, but the 49ers led 13-10 at the half.

  6. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 13, 2014 8:19 AM

    cam newton needs to stop with his stupid superman celebration. hes no superman. what has he ever won? zero playoff wins. kaeprnick can celebrate.kaeprnick is 4- 1 in playoffs.

  7. theimmaculatedeception says: Jan 13, 2014 8:33 AM

    The 49er coaches have proven this year they’re the best at making in-game adjustments, especially in the second half. They’ve been brilliant at it really.

  8. jgedgar70 says: Jan 13, 2014 9:03 AM

    We’ve had an O-line held together with duct tape and prayer with all the injuries. Hopefully we can get some depth for next year.

  9. waxthat says: Jan 13, 2014 9:08 AM

    Wow. Very impressed by the 49ers.

    Good luck, Seattle. :)

  10. lurch61 says: Jan 13, 2014 9:19 AM

    kingcrusher
    rap49er
    skylynx05

    Read the article before making such criticism. It doesnt say the Panthers led at halftime, it says JUST BEFORE halftime (which is totally correct)

    “The Panthers had already been stonewalled at the goal line twice, but were still ahead just before halftime.”

  11. goldrush36 says: Jan 13, 2014 9:19 AM

    Qdog is one of the few I’ve seen speak objectively. There were some ticky tack calls non calls both ways imo but the questionable ones didn’t have an impact on the score. Great game and thanks for your hospitality Charlotte. All the people there were class

  12. saintswhodat318 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:38 AM

    Second half shut out at home in the playoffs?! Lol

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