Welp. That happened.
The Carolina Panthers showed up to Levi’s Stadium today for a game against the San Francisco 49ers, and for about 10 minutes we had a competitive game.
And then the wheels came completely off.
The Panthers were flat out embarrassed today. There’s no other way to put it. The defense was garbage and the offense couldn’t get out of its own way. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a team get utterly trashed like I saw today, and there are a lot of things to be upset about if you’re a Panthers fan.
I’m going to get the good things out of the way first. Christian McCaffrey did all he could with what he was given. He scored the Panthers’ only touchdown of the day. Michael Palardy punted 23 times (at least it felt like it, anyway) and pinned the Niners deep in their own territory to set up a safety by Bruce Irvin. Joey Slye made a field goal.
That’s it. That’s the good stuff. Now, on to the bad...
Hopefully this game teaches us what some of us have been trying to say all along — that Kyle Allen, while a decent backup option for a game or two, isn’t a legitimate NFL starting quarterback. He was lost today. The Niners defense swallowed him whole, picking off three passes and sacking him seven times. Nick Bosa looked every bit like the Defensive Rookie of the Year with three sacks and an interception on a checkdown to Reggie Bonnafon (yes... he jumped up and picked off a checkdown and returned it to the CAR 9).
The defense looked like they’ve never played football before. Tevin Coleman gashed the defense for FOUR touchdowns. Apparently it doesn’t matter what uniform he wears, he’s just able to destroy the Panthers whenever and wherever he wants.
Ron Rivera was outcoached by Kyle Shanahan. He should be embarrassed at how little he had this team prepared coming out of a bye week. Yes, he had an extra week to prepare for this game, and he got hosed 51-13. It’s shameful. It’s embarrassing. It’s bullshit.
This one will take a while to get over, but the Panthers only have a week to do so as they have a matchup with the Tennessee Titans next Sunday. Hopefully they actually show up for that one.
Final score: Panthers 13 Niners 51
This one is mercifully over.
Can we just go home now please?
And the Panthers give up a 41-yard touchdown to [checks notes] Raheem Mostert. The XP is good. Panthers 13 Niners 51
Forgive me, another Panthers drive... another turnover on downs.
Another Panthers drive, another Panthers punt.
Why is CMC still in the game? Ron Rivera should be fired for that.
The kick is good and it’s now a 31-point deficit. Panthers 13 Niners 44
On the bright side the Panthers forced a field goal attempt against the Niners’ backups.
LOL Nick Bosa just jumped up and stole the pass from Allen and returned it down inside the Panthers’ 10 yard line. This is so sad, y’all.
And Tevin Coleman scores his fourth touchdown. This is brutal. The XP is good. Panthers 13 Niners 41
Kyle Allen completes a pass... to Richard Sherman. Threw it right to him. It’s 1st and goal for the Niners.
The offense isn’t doing anything with the ball, but at least the defense didn’t give up another touchdown.
Hey, the Panthers forced a punt! That’s good!
Palardy has to punt from his own end zone and the Niners will start in Panthers territory.
And now it’s 4th down. Again.
The Panthers are now in a 3rd and long situation deep in their own territory. Sigh.
And the defense does in fact not stand up as they let Deebo Samuel gash them for a touchdown. The XP is good. Panthers 13 Niners 34
The Niners are deep in Panthers territory again. The defense should step up here.
TOUCHDOWN PANTHERS: CMC takes it to the house thanks to a huge block by Olsen and the Panthers are back in this thing! The Panthers go for two and convert. Panthers 13 Niners 27
DJ Moore picks up a first down and the Panthers are in Niners territory.
Zylstra returns the free kick to midfield and the Panthers have a chance to make this competitive.
Hey! Points! Jimmy G is sacked in the end zone for a safety! Bruce Irvin with the big play! Panthers 5 Niners 27
And the Panthers are going to punt. The theme from the first half has remained.
And we’re back for the second half. Let’s hope it’s better than the first.
Halftime: Panthers 3 Niners 27
That’s it for the first half. This was bad.
And it’s 4th down. I think the offensive line should block Nick Bosa.
It’s 3rd and 22 after Samuel can’t come down with Allen’s pass. (It was a bit high.)
And there’s another sack. This game is getting ugly.
Allen finds Curtis Samuel for a first down. Maybe the Panthers can score to have some dignity going into halftime.
Tevin Coleman bursts through the line for his third touchdown of the game. A 48-yard run. Sigh. The XP is no good after a botched snap leads to a failed fake attempt. Panthers 3 Niners 27
Two minute warning: Panthers 3 Niners 21
The Niners are driving again. Stop me if you’ve heard that before.
The Panthers can’t even stop the Niners when they line up illegally. That’s how this game has been going so far.
Allen gets sacked again but there’s a flag on the play. But it doesn’t matter because it’s an illegal formation on the Panthers. It’s 4th down.
Hey, the Panthers picked up a 1st down! A 24-yard pass from Allen to McCaffrey! More of that please!
LOLOLOL and Brandon Zylstra muffs the punt. Fortunately he dove on it. The Panthers probably should have let Greg Dortch play today, just saying.
Jimmy G’s pass to Dante Pettis is incomplete and it’s 4th down. The Niners will have to punt.
It’s holding on the Niners, so it’s declined. It’s 3rd and long.
The Panthers finally sacked Jimmy G but there’s a flag on the play.
We forced the Niners to run a play on 3rd down but it didn’t matter because they picked up the 1st down anyway.
Norval throws in the towel with a run up the middle. It’s 4th and three miles and the Panthers will punt.
There’s a flag on the play and it’s a delay of game call. 3rd and 30. Yikes.
And now Allen gets sacked. This is getting bad. 3rd and 25.
Christian McCaffrey scoots downfield for a nice 43-yard gain, but it’s negated by a Trai Turner hold. Sigh.
The flag was for a helmet-to-helmet hit by... the kicker. Yes, the kicker.
Reggie Bonnafon makes a nice return but he’s a) stopped by the kicker, and b) there’s a flag on the play.
And Tevin Coleman scores again. The Panthers should try to stop him. The XP is good. This game is getting ugly, folks. Panthers 3 Niners 21
Kyle Shanahan is eating Ron Rivera’s lunch so far today.
And Kyle Allen has thrown his first interception of the season. Welp.
And it’s because Dennis Daley was too far downfield. The play is called back.
The Panthers pick up a first down on a nifty pass from Allen to Olsen but there’s a flag on the play.
End of 1st quarter: Panthers 3 Niners 14
Lmao and Bonnafon fumbles the kickoff. At least he recovered it though. If only we had a guy on the roster who was supposed to be good at returning kicks...
And it doesn’t matter as Tevin Coleman just runs it into the end zone on the very next play. The XP is good and the Niners extend their lead. Panthers 3 Niners 14
And the play is nullified due to offensive pass interference on Deebo Samuel. It’s 2nd and 11.
And the Niners score again as Jimmy G finds Kittle on play-action and he scampers into the end zone. There’s a flag on the play, though.
Bad Tre, bad.
And Tre Boston just gave them an additional 15 yards with an illegal hit to the head.
The Panthers should try to stop Kittle imo. He just gained another 29 yards.
The Niners are killing the Panthers right now with the tight end screen to Kittle.
FIELD GOAL PANTHERS: Slye’s kick is good to put the Panthers on the board. They still trail, however. Panthers 3 Niners 7
And it’s now fourth down after Allen can’t escape the pressure. Joey Slye is out to attempt a field goal.
Kyle Allen finds Curtis Samuel in the end zone but over throws him to set up third down.
The Panthers pick up a first down for the first time today after Kyle Allen finds Greg Olsen for nine yards on second down.
INTERCEPTION: Luke Kuechly picks off Jimmy Garoppolo and the Panthers are in business!
The Panthers go three-and-out on their first drive, because of course they do.
Reggie Bonnafon returned the first kickoff and got close to the 25 yard line, so that’s good I guess.
And Sanders makes the touchdown reception on 2nd and goal. That was too easy. The XP is good. Panthers 0 Niners 7
The Niners are moving the ball at will right now. First and goal.
Tevin Coleman picking up where he left off when he was with the Falcons and torching the Panthers’ defense off tackle.
And then they get another one on a screen to Kittle. The Panthers should probably try to contain him today.
The Niners get a first down off a weird deflection that falls into George Kittle’s hands.
The wind is howling at kickoff, so that is something to watch as the game progresses today.
The Panthers win the coin toss and defer to the second half.
The Panthers and Niners will kick off at 4:05 p.m. ET. Stay tuned for live score updates and running commentary!
The Carolina Panthers (4-2) are well rested after their Week 7 bye and will now travel west to take on the undefeated San Francisco 49ers (6-0) in Week 8 action. The game will be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Sunday, October 27 at 4:05 p.m. ET. Below you will find all the information you need to catch the action as it happens live.
Game day information
What: Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers
When: Sunday, October 27 at 4:05 p.m. ET
Where: Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, Calif.)
TV: FOX; Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth (Coverage map)
Streaming: FuboTV, Fox Sports Go (tv login required), Yahoo! Sports, Panthers mobile app
Radio: Panthers radio (local); Mick Mixon, Jordan Gross
Spanish Radio: Panthers radio (local); Jaime Moreno, Luis Moreno Jr
Weather: 71° / Sunny/Windy / 20 mph N wind / 0% rain (Complete forecast)
You can download the official Panthers app to get live score updates during the game straight to your phone. Also, if you live in the N.C./S.C. market you can listen to the live radio broadcast of every game with the app. You can find the Panthers app in your phone’s app store or you can download the app here.
FuboTV: You can stream and record live NFL games on FuboTV if you purchase a monthly subscription to their service. (Note: You cannot watch games that are broadcast on ESPN.)
FOX Sports Go: You can stream live NFL games broadcast on FOX with FOX Sports Go
Note: A tv provider login is required to stream on Fox Sports GO.
Yahoo! Sports: You can stream live NFL games on Yahoo! Sports’ mobile app.
Panthers.com: You can stream all Panthers games on their website.
Note: Streaming on Panthers.com is only available for in-market fans.
NFL GamePass: You can stream all NFL regular season games on demand if you purchase NFL Game Pass. It’s a little pricey at $99, but it also includes access to All-22 film. If you’re just desperate to watch the Panthers game there is a 7-day free trial, but sign up at your own risk if you’re one of those people who forgets to cancel before the free trial is over.
Note: You cannot watch regular season games live with NFL GamePass. You have to wait until after the games are over before you can stream them.
NFL Network will air condensed replays of a selected group of regular season games throughout the week. To see if/when the Panthers’ game will be replayed, you can check NFL Network’s television schedule for more information.
Roaring Riot watch parties
If you’re unable to watch the game via live tv or streaming, or if you prefer to watch in the company of fellow Panthers fans, check out the Roaring Riot to see if there is a watch party in your area. Membership is not required to get in the door, but if you’re interested in purchasing a membership you can find all the information you need here.
The Panthers will wear black jerseys for this game.
If you’re into that sort of thing, you can find info on NFL game odds by clicking here.
Stay tuned for a live update thread when the game kicks off at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday!
Cat Scratch Reader has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Cat Scratch Reader and SB Nation may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. For more information, see our guiding principles.