The Series: With the 23-20 victory, Carolina defeated San Francisco for the third consecutive time and leads the all-time series 10-7. From 1995-2001, the Panthers and 49ers played each other 14 times as members of the NFC West division prior to NFL realignment.
For Starters: Second-year player
Ready For Moore: Quarterback Matt Moore completed 28-of-41 passes for 308 yards - all career highs - and two touchdowns with one interception to produce a 96.4 quarterback rating. He threw touchdowns of 18 and 23 yards to wide receiver
|VS. SAN FRANCISCO||PREVIOUS|
|Attempts||41||33 - Twice, most recently at New York Giants (9/12/10)|
|Completions||28||21 - vs. Minnesota (12/20/09)|
|Passing Yards||308||299 - vs. Minnesota (12/20/09)|
Moore engineered his first career game-winning drive that put the team ahead for good in the fourth quarter or overtime. He directed the Panthers 38 yards on five plays in 29 seconds, capped by a
In four games with three starts this season, Moore has completed 53-of-100 passes for 650 yards and four touchdowns with seven interceptions.
Gettis Gets It Done: Rookie wide receiver David Gettis paced Carolina with career highs of eight receptions, 125 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He scored his first career touchdown on an 18-yard catch in the second quarter and tied the game with a 23-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.
Gettis became the first Panther other than Steve Smith or Muhsin Muhammad to compile a 100-yard receiving effort since Drew Carter with 132 yards on five catches at Green Bay (11/18/07). It also marked the first 100-yard receiving game by a Panthers rookie since Keary Colbert with 100 yards on four receptions at Seattle (10/31/04).
Gettis leads the team with 18 catches for 244 yards and two touchdowns this season. The sixth-round draft pick from Baylor has played in all six games with four starts.
Kasay Clutch Kicker: Kicker John Kasay connected on all three of his field-goal attempts - converting from 47, 55 and 37 yards - and both of his extra point chances. He made the 13th game-winning field goal of his career and 11th with the Panthers on a 37-yarder with 39 seconds remaining.
Kasay's 55-yard field goal in the third quarter equaled the second longest of his career, previously accomplished for Seattle at Kansas City (1/2/94), and moved him into a second-place tie with Morten Andersen for the most field goals of 50 yards or more in NFL history with 40. Jason Hanson ranks first with 45. Over his 20-year NFL career with Seattle and Carolina, Kasay has made 40-of-78 attempts of 50 yards or more, including 34-of-68 for the Panthers, with a career-long 56-yarder versus Green Bay (9/27/98).
He has been successful on eight-of-nine field-goal attempts and perfect on all seven of his extra-point opportunities for a team-leading 31 points this season. Kasay ranks seventh in NFL history with 416 made field goals and eighth with 1,762 points scored. He is the Panthers' all-time leader with 334 made field goals and 1,421 points scored.
In The Zone: Carolina posted a 66.7 percent efficiency rating in the red zone, scoring one touchdown and one field goal on three trips inside San Francisco's 20-yard line. The Panthers failed to score when they turned the ball over on downs at the 49ers' 16-yard line in the fourth quarter. Carolina has been successful on six-of-12 red zone opportunities, scoring three touchdowns and three field goals for a 50 percent conversion rate and 25 percent touchdown conversion rate, this season.
Takeaway/Giveaway: Carolina forced one turnover on an interception. Cornerback
The Panthers turned it over three times on two fumbles and one interception to finish with a minus-two turnover ratio. The one takeaway resulted in three points for Carolina, and the three giveaways led to 13 points for San Francisco. The Panthers have a negative-six turnover ratio this season, compiling an 0-2 record when having a positive turnover margin and a 1-3 record when having a negative turnover margin.
Sakrete Sacks: The Panthers collected two sacks against the 49ers and have gathered nine this season. Defensive end
During the 2010 season, Sakrete, a leader in concrete and concrete-related products, is donating $100 to the BVC Playground Build for every sack Carolina records. Through six games, $900 has been raised.
Baker's Treat: Punter
Lloyd's Of London: Kickoff specialist
Inactives: The following eight players were inactive for the Panthers: wide receiver
House Of Blues: The Panthers wore their blue alternate jerseys for the second time this season and 17th time overall since debuting them in 2002. Carolina owns an 8-9 regular season record when wearing the blue tops.
Claw Marks: Running back
49ers Nuggets: San Francisco defensive tackle Ray McDonald returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown. It marked the first interception return for a touchdown against the Panthers since a 67-yard return by Darelle Revis for the New York Jets (11/29/09).