Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Mistake-Prone Niners Fall Hard in Opener to Panthers

Mistake-Prone Niners Fall Hard in Opener to Panthers

But a fractured defense wasn't the only casualty, as the other group to vastly underachieve was the San Francisco offensive line, who showed a lack of mental fortitude from the get-go.

The Panthers finished the game against the 49ers with four sacks and eight quarterback hits. Bynes made four tackles and Ford had a special-teams stop in his National Football League debut against the Lions.

SANTA CLARA -Kyle Shanahan became the first 49ers coach to lose his debut in a season opener since Steve Mariucci in 1997.

"It was disappointing, but whether it was the first, last, or anyone I have the rest of my career", Shanahan said.

"There were a lot of good things we did with Christian", Rivera said.

It's quite possible the 49ers will see if Tomlinson is capable of better things.

Things get no easier for San Francisco next weekend as they face the fearsome defensive front of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.

The 49ers defense, as a whole, was unable to regain their grip on the game once Foster left as Ray-Ray Armstrong stepped into the weak-side linebacker role.

There's no guarantee Tomlinson will provide an upgrade. He had to throw quick, short passes, which is why he averaged just 5.5 yards per attempt.

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Bank Stadium , the Minnesota Vikings' $1.1 billion facility that opened in 2016 and will host the Super Bowl after this season. While New Orleans seems to be loaded at the running back position, Minnesota's backfield is looking very impressive itself.

The 49ers now trail Carolina, 7-0, with less than five minutes remaining in the first half.

By using McCaffrey and seasoned veteran Jonathan Stewart, the Panthers were able to double up the 49ers on the ground, gaining 114 yards to San Francisco's 51. "(Beadles) had a tough challenge. He used his legs well and he made some good throws. At times, he blocked them well. Tomlinson was inactive Sunday. "I think with him being a factor like that it will be helpful for Cam but also those other guys".

Sited above with Newton, McCaffrey looks to add a little bit of everything to the Panthers offense. "He'll have more reps this week". Additionally, the defensive end Aaron Lynch is also questionable to participate in the matchup against the Panthers, as he's recovering from back injury.

"I think we missed a few opportunities early and you've got to take advantage of those when they're there", Hoyer said. After trying to play catch-up throughout last season following an opening-day loss and ending up 6-10, the Panthers are 1-0.

Devin Funchess was on the field for 45 snaps and had two catches on two targets for 20 yards.

"Those tend to be a month, a little more", Shanahan said. "That's my experience with high ankle sprains".

Hyde appeared to be the only bright spot on the 49ers offense Sunday and particularly flashed in the receiving game, which isn't something you hear all too often about the Ohio State product. Their next game will be at Arizona on October 1.

The Panthers ran 67 offensive plays in their 23-3 victory over the 49ers, and McCaffrey was on the field for 47 of them. He was not on crutches in the locker room, but Shanahan said he will be in a walking boot.

Foster had three tackles, including one for a loss, and broke up a pass in his limited action. "He was near another one". "I do", Rivera said. "He stepped up. Came in".

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