Halftime report: Carolina Panthers
November, 10, 2013
By David Newton | ESPN.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Observations from the game between the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers, where the 49ers lead 9-7:
- Missing a good one: If you're not watching, two of the best defenses in the league put on a good show in the first half as San Francisco took advantage of Carolina mistakes for a 9-0 lead. But the Panthers scored a late touchdown to make it 9-7. The Panthers will get the ball to start the second half, a recipe that has worked well during their four-game winning streak.
- Missed opportunity: Carolina cornerback Captain Munnerlyn dropped an apparent interception with a decent amount of green in front of him on San Francisco's fourth play. The 49ers went on to take a 3-0 lead on a 52-yard field goal.
- Misfortune: The Panthers almost came up with a big play when a late first-quarter punt was tipped coming off the kicker's foot. It turned into a big play for the 49ers as the ball went off the foot of Carolina's Drayton Florence and was recovered by San Francisco. That was converted into a field goal for a 6-0 lead.
- Missed call: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis appeared to have been stripped of the football, with Carolina recovering around its own 5 late in the half. The officials reviewed it and, amazingly, upheld the call on the field as an incomplete pass. The 49ers turned that into a field goal for a 9-0 lead.
- Missed tackles: Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams made two San Francisco defenders miss tackles en route to a 27-yard touchdown run that cut the lead to 9-7 with 1:52 left in the first half.
- Missing nothing: The Panthers stuffed Frank Gore for a 1-yard loss on two third-and-short calls in the first quarter. That probably had something to do with the 49ers backing off and taking a delay on fourth-and-1 from the 2 late in the first half.