The Cam Newton-less Carolina Panthers took a 51-13 pummeling at the hands of Jimmy G and his undefeated 49ers.
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Tevin Coleman showed great vision and burst in the run game, busting multiple explosive runs in the 49ers' outside zone run scheme. One of his long touchdown runs was a trap-scheme run on which he cutback and separated from the secondary once he got past the second level.
Emmanuel Sanders made an immediate impact after being traded to the 49ers from the Denver Broncos. He caught the first touchdown of the game, creating separation on the linebacker and making a nice catch in traffic. It's obvious he will be targeted often on third downs, as he had multiple first-down conversions that kept drives alive when the game was still in the balance.
Nick Bosa made yet another strong statement in his push to be named Defensive Rookie of the Year. He found himself in the backfield on multiple occasions, but his best play of the game came when he beat the left tackle and leaped through the air to intercept an intended screen pass before returning it to the Panthers' eight-yard line.
Any quarterback controversy that may have been in Carolina is now no more, as Kyle Allen utterly crumbled at the hands of the 49ers' pass-rush. He threw three interceptions on the day, and he was fortunate for it to be just three, as he left a couple more turnover-worthy plays out there.
Bruce Irvin was one of the lone bright spots for the Carolina defense, as they had a rough day as a whole. He had two sacks on the day, one of which saw him beat the 49ers offensive lineman inside and sack Jimmy Garoppolo for a safety when the ‘Niners were backed up in their own territory.
Luke Kuechly also made several plays, including an early interception when he broke on a stick route by George Kittle. He flew around the field, although his play did not have much impact on the outcome of the game, as the 49ers offensive line regularly moved the Carolina front seven, creating big plays in the run game.