This is the live blog for the 49ers season opener against the Panthers. I will update this with information and analysis from the press box.
12:48 Check out my Periscope pregame report below:
49ers-Panthers pregame report https://t.co/GV7BuWobiI
— Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) September 10, 2017
12:49 Here are the 49ers inactives:
- FS Jimmie Ward
- WR Victor Bolden Jr.
- CB Ahkello Witherspoon
- DL Aaron Lynch
- DL Pita Taumoepenu
- OT John Theus
- OG Laken Tomlison
1:10 The Cardinals are losing 35-17 to the Lions with four minutes left in the fourth quarter, and Carson Palmer has thrown three interceptions. His passer rating is 35.6. Bad quarterback on a bad team.
1:23 The 49ers win the toss and defer. The Panthers will receive the opening kickoff.
1:30 On third-and-12 from the Panthers 38-yard line, Arik Armstead flushed Cam Newton out of the pocket and Elvis Dumervil chases Newton to the sideline. Newton throws the ball away. Panthers punt. Newton threw two passes to Christian McCaffrey on that drive — one was a gain of 7, the other was tipped at the line.
1:39 On third and 3 from the Panthers 47, Hoyer throws a perfect deep pass down the right sideline to Marquise Goodwin, who drops the ball at the 5-yard line. Panthers will start at their 14-yard line after the punt.
1:40 The 49ers committed two penalties on that drive — an illegal formation and a false start. They also used a timeout because Hoyer needed Shanahan to repeat the play call when the offense was in the huddle.
1:44 Goodwin’s eyes never tracked the ball into his hands on that deep pass. Horrible fundamentals.
1:47 On third-and-6, Reuben Foster read Cam Newton’s eyes and broke up a short pass intended for Kelvin Benjamin. Great play. Newton always stares down his first read.
1:50 On second-and-9, Wes Horton beats Zane Beadles and strips Hoyer. Panthers ball a the Niners 42.
1:52 On second-and-13, Foster injures his right knee while tackling Christian McCaffrey during a draw play. Foster still is down and his teammates are kneeling around him.
1:54 Foster is leaving the field on a cart. He had been playing very well, as expected. The issue with him always was durability.
1:55 Foster’s foot got caught in the grass and his knee twisted to the side. Could be a torn ACL. Looked bad.
1:55 Next play, Newton throws a 40-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Russell Shepard. Tartt hit him at the five-yard line and Shepard spun off him. The Niners seemed stunned after losing Foster.
1:59 Foster’s return is questionable.
2:01 On third-and-21, Daryl Worley breaks up a 15-yard pass to Pierre Garcon. The Niners have lost all their energy and passion since Foster left the game.
2:03 On the final play of the first quarter, Newton completes a four-yard pass to Devin Funchess. Second and six from the Panthers 26 when the second quarter starts.
2:07 On third-and-3 from the 29, Rashard Robinson breaks a pass intended for Benjamin, who was running a crossing route. Panthers go three and out.
2:08 On that long touchdown pass, the Niners right cornerback was playing man coverage while the rest of the defense was playing zone while the linebackers blitzed. That was a busted coverage.
2:11 Niners go three and out. Hoyer overthrew Goodwin deep on first down, Daniel Kilgore committed a holding penalty on second-and-10, Hoyer got sacked on second-and-20 and Breida rushed for three yards on second and 24.
2:12 Foster is limping on the sideline. Doesn’t seem like he will come back.
2:22 On first and 10 from the Niners 45, Newton throws deep for Benjamin, and Tartt runs over and makes a one-handed interception at the goal line. He returns the pick 37 yards.
2:29 On fourth-and-4, the Niners go for it. Thomas Davis blitzes up the middle, runs over Hyde and sacks Hoyer for a loss of eight.
2:36 Graham Gano makes a 39-yard field goal. Panthers lead 10-0 with 3:23 left in the first half.
2:45 On fourth and 1 from the Panthers 45, the Niners go for it again and Kyle Juszczyk runs for no gain.
2:51 Gano makes a 37-yard field goal before the first half ends. Niners trail 13-0. They probably would be trailing by only seven points if Shanahan hadn’t gone for it fourth down those two times.
3:07 Second play of the drive, Luke Kuechly intercepts Hoyer’s pass intended for George Kittle. Kuechly read Hoyer’s eyes all the way.
3:11 On first and goal, Newton throws a nine-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Stewart. 20-0 Carolina.
3:17 On third and 6, no one blocks Star Lotulelei, who hits Brian Hoyer as he throws, and the pass sails incomplete. Niners go three and out.
3:29 On third and goal from the two, the Niners stop Stewart for no gain. Gano makes a 20-yard field goal and the Panthers lead 23-o.
3:31 Reuben Foster is out with an ankle injury. At least it’s not a knee injury.
3:42 On fourth-and-1, Shanahan sends out the field goal unit, then changes his mind and sends out the offense to go for the first down. The offense can’t get the play off fast enough due to Shanahan’s indecision and is flagged for delay of game. Robbie Gould makes a 44-yard field goal, and the Niners trail 23-3.
3:54 Rashard Robinson strips Christian McCaffrey and recovers the ball at the Panthers 31.
4:01 On fourth and goal from the 1, Hoyer throws a screen pass to Hyde who gains zero yards.
4:18. Panthers win 23-3. Stay tuned for my Periscope locker room report, game story and grades.