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Game Grades - Panthers at 49ers

Nov 11 2013 06:37 AM Zod Carolina Panthers
In one of the more memorable games in recent history the Panthers were victorious and walked away a solid playoff contender. It just doesn't get much better than that. On with the grades...

Offense:

Cam Newton completed only half of his passes, had no touchdowns, and threw an interception. That statement alone sounds much worse than he actually was thanks to multiple drops by Smith and Lafell on third downs. Jonathan Stewart fumbled the ball late in the 4th quarter, but unlike the Seahawks game, the Panthers were able to recover it. Deangelo Williams' touchdown scamper was the highlight of the entire day for the offense and ultimately won the game for the Panthers. This was not an impressive day for the Panthers offense, especially when it comes to player execution. Still, they did enough in the end to win the game, if only by a single point. That counts for something.

Offensive Grade: C+

Defense:

To say the Panthers defense did an excellent job Sunday would be a gross understatement. Together they put together a performance that will frighten Offensive Coordinators for the rest of the season. Frank Gore was held to under 100 yards and Colin Kaepernick looked pedestrian at best, completing only half of his passes and throwing a game losing interception. Credit Luke Kuechly for keeping Kaepernick confused on coverages the entire game. His adjustment calls during the game were a big contributor to the win.

Defensive Grade: A+

Special Teams:

Graham Gano missed his first field goal of the season (unlucky number 13) and once again the special teams unit coughed up a fumble. However, Gano made his second field goal that put the Panthers up by one and Ginn had a key return late in the game. Overall, just like the offense, enough to win. (Thanks defense!)

Special Teams Grade: C

Coaching:

I am starting to happily eat my harsh words for Mike Shula earlier this season. Both Rivera and Shula are coaching well. The poor offensive performance was mainly due to player execution. If the Panthers receivers caught those third down passes, this game would have been put away earlier.

The Panthers coaches marched into Candlestick Park and out-coached the NFC Superbowl representative from last year. That is the bottom line.

Coaching Grade: A

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:: before

I was about to say the same thing.
two hands, one hand, two hands and one foot with it ziptied to his chest...you hold on to the ball no matter what that late in the game and up by one score.

it was no excuse for williams, it's no excuse for stewart...and I'm a stewart homer.

two hands, one hand, two hands and one foot with it ziptied to his chest...you hold on to the ball no matter what that late in the game and up by one score.

it was no excuse for williams, it's no excuse for stewart...and I'm a stewart homer.


Period. The end.

uh oh, lynch mob out to get JStew.

 

Btw, just a heads up, we won.

uh oh, lynch mob out to get JStew.

Btw, just a heads up, we won.


That's the conclusion you came up with after reading this thread? Wow....good call.
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footballisasport
Nov 11 2013 08:17 AM

Well, all I have to say is, yesterday's game was a street brawl between Colin and Cam. They both brought their teams along and the game was everything it was billed to be. The media stated that the defense was going to win it for either team because they were pretty well matched on the offensive side. They were, for the most part, right.

 

But and I do mean BUT...the Panthers Receivers could have done way more damage in the scoring department if they had caught some of those balls Cam threw.

 

I remembered watching a game, don't remember what team, but the Announcer was livid because the Receivers of that team kept dropping perfectly passed balls. The Announcer's suggestion was, maybe it's time for those Receivers to put some velcro on their gloves if they are having a hard time catching and holding onto the ball. I will say the same thing to the Panthers Offense. They need to do whatever it takes to help Cam. The team is on a roll. Let's not mess up a good game because issues with catching balls. That is what practice is for.  I am not one of those fans who expect perfection and will go beating up on players because I know how fickled the game of football can be but when the team is in position to capitalize and they are not because of dropped balls, that energizes the other team when they see that. As stated many time Football is both physical and psychological.

 

Maybe it's time to put some sticky or velcro on those gloves. Do whatever it takes to catch those perfectly thrown balls because you know not every single ball will be perfect.

 

Anyway, after watching yesterdays game. I will give the Offense a B. They redeemed themselves despite the dropped balls, Cam Int, and the O-line breaking down to quickly around Cam.

 

The Defense gets a solid A+. They showed up and showed out!!! Nuff said.

 

The Secondary did make two costly mistakes, so I will give them a Solid c+

 

And whoever that guy was on the Panthers defense that caught Colin's INT, maybe the Offensive coach need to use him to show the Receivers of this team how to JUMP and CATCH a damn ball. :)

 

In a game of field position, Nortman and Ginn did a hell of a job flipping the field, that alone deserves a 'B' grade for special teams.

uh oh, lynch mob out to get JStew.

Btw, just a heads up, we won.


i'm actually happy the game went as sloppy as it did (for the second week in a row) and the team still pull away with a win.

it shows the team has gotten over the hump of folding at the slightest mistake.

Since i cannot make my own thread, i will eat my crow here.

 

Yall whooped the hell out of us. Maybe more of a physical beating than the Seahawks put on us.

 

The Panthers defense is for real....We had many plays of luck and fortune go our way and we still couldn't do anything.

 

I was surprised to see Frank Gore run pretty decently on yall until he got hurt and that was the end of that.

 

This loss does hurt though, only way to recover is to whoop the hell out of the Saints. If Kaep doesn't show some type of composure in the pocket going forward we are doomed against any team with a good defense.

 

Congrats and GG.

Since i cannot make my own thread, i will eat my crow here.

Yall whooped the hell out of us. Maybe more of a physical beating than the Seahawks put on us.

The Panthers defense is for real....We had many plays of luck and fortune go our way and we still couldn't do anything.

I was surprised to see Frank Gore run pretty decently on yall until he got hurt and that was the end of that.

This loss does hurt though, only way to recover is to whoop the hell out of the Saints. If Kaep doesn't show some type of composure in the pocket going forward we are doomed against any team with a good defense.

Congrats and GG.


Well done, sir. See ya in January.....at our place.

early on cam was like i tbought he would be....jittery. he was much like he was in the early part of the atl game. he made dumb mistakes, but after 2-3 series settled down. after that the offenses woes lied mainly on receivers dropping balls and the 49ers playing good stout D. i think that last part gets overlooked in the discussion. the san fran D is the real deal. 

 

the good news to me is that this is the stoutest D  we'll face the rest of the regular season.  i don't expect us to be so shaky the rest of the season.

 

I saw that too... Cam looked very nervous to start.  When he's like that, the ball sails.  His WRs didn't help him much at times eithers.

 

Zod's grades are dead on.

 

Except maybe that the defense should get an A+++.

The other 59% were dropped passes

 

I actually think a 40+% conversion on 3rd downs against SF was a GOOD stat.

In a game of field position, Nortman and Ginn did a hell of a job flipping the field, that alone deserves a 'B' grade for special teams.


100%

yeah, i think special teams deserves more than a C. aside from a couple goofs, they were great. colin jones was huge for us. the kickers did their job well. gano redeemed himself, imo, after that one miss. 

 

i think even on that punt that we ended up losing wasn't horrible for one reason...we blocked it. what happened after that was a fluke because of what the ball did, but we were getting back to the kickers fairly well from what i saw. we were in better position to block them this game than i can remember us being in a long time.

 

the coverage unit was great as usual. 

 

it wasn't a perfect game on special teams, but it was solid and i saw some improvement in some areas. i give them a B.

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footballisasport
Nov 11 2013 08:41 AM

So if SF had recovered instead of Tolbert and then scored, with that score very possibly being the margin in the game, would you be giving Stew a pass? No. No one is saying it wasn't a great play by Whitner and no one is saying that every fumble is preventable, but the bottom line is that fumbling in that situation is a major, major mistake.

 

In every game mistakes will be made. It's not the mistakes...yes u don't want to keep making them...but the fact that the Panthers showed not only a sense of alertness but willingness to weather those mistakes, that impressed me.

 

Let's keep it real, that missed fieldgoal last night had some of you already saying the game was over. Why is that? Because whether you realized it or not, it was your way of saying, this team doesn't know how to handle adversity. You have seen them faulter and lose close games over the simplest of mental break-downs. They showed last night TWICE, that they are turning the corner. They weathered their mistakes and came out on top.

 

The Panthers as a team, is learning and growing as a team. Mistakes will be made but it's the mental process that produces positive outcome that I like even more.

Cam has to stop throwing high passes, just has to.   That and the odd couple INTs he's had to no one in the last two games.  Other than that, it was some WR drops that killed us.  Smith is good for 1-2 a game now, LaFail too.   My only knock on Shula was I felt we should have ran more, like, a lot more.  We were getting 3-4 yards consistently so I really wanted Tolbert/Stew to keep pounding them.  

C for the offense is a fair grade. Didn't do anything great. Didn't do anything real bad. Kinda meh.

 

Those drops were huge because of when and where they happened.

In one of the more memorable games in recent history the Panthers were victorious and walked away a solid playoff contender. It just doesn't get much better than that. On with the grades...

Offense:

Cam Newton completed only half of his passes, had no touchdowns, and threw an interception. That statement alone sounds much worse than he actually was thanks to multiple drops by Smith and Lafell on third downs. Jonathan Stewart fumbled the ball late in the 4th quarter, but unlike the Seahawks game, the Panthers were able to recover it. Deangelo Williams' touchdown scamper was the highlight of the entire day for the offense and ultimately won the game for the Panthers. This was not an impressive day for the Panthers offense, especially when it comes to player execution. Still, they did enough in the end to win the game, if only by a single point. That counts for something.

Offensive Grade: C+

Defense:

To say the Panthers defense did an excellent job Sunday would be a gross understatement. Together they put together a performance that will frighten Offensive Coordinators for the rest of the season. Frank Gore was held to under 100 yards and Colin Kaepernick looked pedestrian at best, completing only half of his passes and throwing a game losing interception. Credit Luke Kuechly for keeping Kaepernick confused on coverages the entire game. His adjustment calls during the game were a big contributor to the win.

Defensive Grade: A+

Special Teams:

Graham Gano missed his first field goal of the season (unlucky number 13) and once again the special teams unit coughed up a fumble. However, Gano made his second field goal that put the Panthers up by one and Ginn had a key return late in the game. Overall, just like the offense, enough to win. (Thanks defense!)

Special Teams Grade: C

Coaching:

I am starting to happily eat my harsh words for Mike Shula earlier this season. Both Rivera and Shula are coaching well. The poor offensive performance was mainly due to player execution. If the Panthers receivers caught those third down passes, this game would have been put away earlier.

The Panthers coaches marched into Candlestick Park and out-coached the NFC Superbowl representative from last year. That is the bottom line.

Coaching Grade: A


I cannot agree with the special teams grade.

We partially blocked a kick, the rest of that play was just crazy, and you cannot blame anyone on the field, Florence and pretty much everyone on the field had no idea were the ball was.

Ginn had 80+ return yards.

We stopped a punt return dead in its tracks, 0 yards.

Downed a punt at the one, and stopped a kick return at the five.

Gano missed a kick, but that is the only one all year, plus it didn't cost us the game.


Gano missed a kick, but that is the only one all year

 

Its not an all year grade.

 

Gano made 50% of his field goals this game.

Its not an all year grade.

Gano made 50% of his field goals this game.


Still, this is the Panthers special teams unit playing very solid, something in past seasons that was unheard of.

In comparison, this would be like Shaq having a 90% free throw average in a season.

Carolina Incognitos = Bullies of 2013

Special Teams deserves a B+. The fumble was a freak accident result of a blocked punt. Ginn had great returns, and our guys didn't allow poo on coverage.

 

That 'freak accident' has occurred more times this year than it should in 5 years.  Unbelievable that we keep making contact with balls on punts.  Luckily our D bailed us out and it didn't affect the outcome.  This was the first time I noticed us dropping somebody back on punts to be in front of Ginn and intercept the gunner.  I think it was Lester.  All he needs is a little time and space.

That 'freak accident' has occurred more times this year than it should in 5 years. Unbelievable that we keep making contact with balls on punts. Luckily our D bailed us out and it didn't affect the outcome. This was the first time I noticed us dropping somebody back on punts to be in front of Ginn and intercept the gunner. I think it was Lester. All he needs is a little time and space.


Pretty sure this is our first time blocking a punt all season.
I also wanted to mention that I thought for the most part we tackled really well yesterday. Obviously Luke had a few, but I specifically remember Captain having a huge tackle in the 4th. Love seeing that

Its not an all year grade.

 

Gano made 50% of his field goals this game.

 

 

48 yards isn't a gimme... and making a 53 yarder later in the game, plus his touchbacks, IMO he more than redeemed himself.

 

I think special teams grade is a little low.