The San Francisco 49ers absolutely hammered the Carolina Panthers, beating them 51-13. Niner Noise hands out grades and analysis from a terrific showing in every facet.
It’s about time people in the NFL realize the San Francisco 49ers really are a team to be reckoned with. Many thought beating up the Los Angeles Rams weeks ago would be that indication, but skeptics remained.
This game, the 49ers’ 51-13 dominant Week 8 win over the Carolina Panthers, should quell this notion. With the win, San Francisco improves to 7-0 and stays as one of only two remaining undefeated squads nearing the halfway point of the regular season.
The Niners haven’t played very many complete games this year. A slew of turnovers, a litany of flags or offensive stagnation due to a torrential rainstorm, there’s always been something that seems to hold the team back.
Not against the Panthers. The offense put up 51 points while the defense allowed only 11 (two points came on a safety). The special teams didn’t shank any kicks, punter Mitch Wishnowsky looked good on the field and the game plan worked to perfection.
It was a nearly perfect day.
But like all good teams in the league, there are always negatives, no matter how small to focus on. Let’s go to the grades and see what the Niners could improve and what stood out for the right reasons on Sunday.