By David Rogers. October 27, 2019. SANTA CLARA, CA – Wildfires raged across Northern California on Sunday, but few blazed any more fierce than the red-and-gold helmeted San Francisco 49ers inside Levi’s Stadium. The 49ers ravaged the visiting Carolina Panthers, 51-13.
Nothing seemed to go right for the visitors from Charlotte. Oh, running back Christian McCaffrey got 117 yards on 14 carries that included a touchdown, but that was about it for the Panthers’ “good” highlight reel for this game. Quarterback Kyle Allen’s “Cinderella” debut streak as the Panthers’ starter in place of the injured Cam Newton ended at four wins. On this day he was sacked seven times, the San Francisco defensive front running through a porous offensive line. Even worse, Allen hurled three interceptions. The Panthers were also penalized nine times for 70 yards.
For San Francisco, newcomer Emmanuel Sanders, recently traded by Denver, made a lot of friends among 49er fans by recording his first touchdown for the Bay Area bombers. Sanders collected a short pass from QB Jimmy Garoppolo and scooted in for the game’s first score on San Francisco’s game-opening drive. From there, almost everything went the 49ers way. Even the winds picked up in velocity as the teams changed sides at the end of the first quarter. Carolina was passing and kicking into the teeth of what had become more than a swirling breeze. Passes fluttered. Even punts couldn’t manage “respectable.”
Running back Tevin Coleman carried the ball 11 times for the 49ers, for 105 yards that included three TDs. The 5-year pro out of Indiana only caught 2 passes for 13 yards, but one of them was for a TD.
RB mate Raheem Mostert added 60 yards on 9 carries and 1 TD, while wide receiver Deebo Samuel ran twice, gaining 29 yards and scoring one TD on the day.
Now 7-0, San Francisco looks to keep its record unblemished after a short week when they play at Arizona (3-4-1) on Thursday, Oct 31. The Cardinals lost to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, 31-9.
Carolina is now 4-3 on the season, and look to rebound from Sunday’s dismal California burnout when they host Tennessee (4-4) on Nov. 3rd.