Silver linings: 49ers at Panthers

October, 25, 2010
10/25/10
2:12
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The facts: The 49ers fell to 1-6 with a 23-20 road defeat to the Carolina Panthers in Week 7.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
  • Frank Gore has reached 100 yards rushing in each of his past two games.
  • Tight end Vernon Davis had a 53-yard reception and a 1-yarder for a touchdown. He's on pace to finish the season with 73 receptions for 965 yards and nine touchdowns. He finished last season with 78-965-13.
  • Ray McDonald's 31-yard interception return for a touchdown broke a 13-13 tie.
  • The 49ers' contained Carolina running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart while holding the Panthers to 76 yards rushing, a season low.
  • Quarterback Alex Smith did not thrown an interception for the second game in a row.
  • The 49ers forced a season-high three turnovers.
  • Cornerbacks Nate Clements and Shawntae Spencer forced fumbles. Clements also had a sack.
  • The San Francisco Giants' run to the World Series is distracting Bay Area sports fans from the 49ers' struggles.
Looking ahead: The 49ers face the Denver Broncos in London.

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