- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Anytime a quarterback throws for just 91 yards and is unable to lead a touchdown drive in a defeat in which his defense allows just 10 points, he will hear criticism.
And San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick heard his share of grumbling Monday morning, a day after the visiting Carolina Panthers beat the 49ers, 10-9. However, in his Monday press briefing, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh declined to join in on the Kaepernick bashing. Instead, he pointed the finger at everyone involved with the offense.
"We're not going to dissect position-by-position, ranking anybody over the coals,” Harbaugh said. "We didn't play championship football offensively."
The 49ers had just 45 yards in the second half and just four yards on 14 plays in the fourth quarter. The 49ers had to settle for three field goals in the first half.
The 49ers’ offense completely stalled after tight end Vernon Davis left late in the second quarter with a concussion. Kaepernick was sacked a season high six times.
“We had too many negative plays,” Harbaugh said.
Still, Harbaugh said the team can’t “wallow’ in their offensive woes, because it plays at high-powered New Orleans on Sunday. The 49ers scored at least 31 points in every game in a five-game win streak going into the Carolina game. Harbaugh knows the team has to get back to that type of offensive production.
If the woes from the Carolina game continue, though, expect outside heat on Kaepernick to persist and expect Harbaugh to continue to refrain from pointing the finger at any one player.