Whitner: “It could have went either way at halftime.”

CHARLOTTE – Here’s what Donte Whitner said after the game about the 49ers’ two goal line stands against the Panthers.

Q: What is the mindset on the two goal line stands?

WHITNER: They’re not in until they’re in. We understand that they had a couple of good guys, but the character of the guys we have up front, our front-seven, they really wanted to show they were the most dominant front-seven in the National Football League.

Q: Do you think the game turned after that?

WHITNER: I do think the game turned. Those were two big stops. You expect a good running football team like that to get at least one of those in the end zone. But those guys came and they penetrated and we got off the football field.

Q: Did you feel the air go out of the stadium after those stops?

WHITNER: Oh yeah, we felt a lot of the air go out. But this is a good football team. It could have went either way at halftime. We made up our minds at halftime that we were going to come out and force our will and win this football game, and that’s what we did.