The Carolina Panthers couldn’t decide what kind of team they wanted to be in their home opener against the San Francisco 49ers. At times the Panthers looked outright goofy, two of their first three possessions on offense ended in turnovers. The defense gave up a 75 yard touchdown to Vance McDonald and rookie James Bradberry gave up his first NFL touchdown after getting beat on a 28 yard throw to Torrey Smith. On special teams Ted Ginn dropped a kick off that the 49ers recovered and converted into a score.
Glen Olsen leads the positives on a single play 78 yard touchdown drive just before halftime. Fozzy Whittaker stepped up after Jonathan Stewart left the game with a hamstring injury and well…..the Panthers scores 46 points.
Looking forward, Ron Rivera said he can swallow all the wild swings in momentum in this game as long as his team learns to protect the football.