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Series Recap: 49ers vs. Carolina

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The 49ers are 7-11 against the Panthers, dating to Carolina’s first season in the NFL. Take a look:


NOV. 5, 1995

In San Francisco

PANTHERS 13, 49ERS 7

The 49ers turned the ball over five times – Jerry Rice, John Taylor and Brent Jones fumbled, and Elvis Grbac, replacing an injured Steve Young, was intercepted twice – in the loss to the first-year Panthers, who became the first expansion team to beat a defending Super Bowl champion.


DEC. 10, 1995

In Clemson, S.C.

49ERS 31, PANTHERS 10

Young completed 31 of 45 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns, and the 49ers held Carolina to 195 yards to improve to 10-4, their fifth consecutive victory after the earlier loss to the Panthers.


SEPT. 22, 1996

In Charlotte, N.C.

PANTHERS 23, 49ERS 7

Carolina’s Steve Beuerlein completed 12 of his first 13 passes, and the Panthers led 17-0 early in the second quarter. Former 49er Wesley Walls caught touchdown passes of 19 and 7 yards to help the Panthers improve to 3-0.


DEC. 8, 1996

In San Francisco

PANTHERS 30, 49ERS 24

Former 49er Eric Davis intercepted Young’s pass with 4:35 to go to clinch the victory in a game in which the 49ers were called for a team-record 15 penalties, including seven for unsportsmanlike conduct or personal fouls. The season series sweep improved the Panthers to 10-4 and they became the first second-year team to clinch a playoff berth.


SEPT. 29, 1997

In Charlotte, N.C.

49ERS 34, PANTHERS 21

Garrison Hearst rushed 28 times for 141 yards, and Merton Hanks made two interceptions to lead the 49ers. Carolina’s Kerry Collins committed four turnovers – three interceptions and a fumble.


NOV. 16, 1997

In San Francisco

49ERS 27, PANTHERS 19

Collins was intercepted three times again, including a game-saving one by Hanks in the end zone late in the game. The sweep of the season series gave the 49ers their 13th NFC West title in 17 years.


NOV. 8, 1998

In San Francisco

49ERS 25, PANTHERS 23

Ty Detmer, playing in place of an injured Young, threw three interceptions, and the 49ers fumbled three times, but Detmer settled down to complete 22 of 36 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns.


DEC. 6, 1998

In Charlotte, N.C.

49ERS 31, PANTHERS 28 (OT)

The 49ers’ Terry Kirby, re-signed before the third game of the season, had 104 yards on four kickoff returns, rushed for 68 yards on nine carries and threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens in the second quarter. Hearst’s 71-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the 49ers a 28-7 lead, but it took Wade Richey’s 23-yard field goal in overtime to complete the season series sweep.


OCT. 17, 1999

In San Francisco

PANTHERS 31, 49ERS 29

A 19-game regular-season winning streak at Candlestick Park ended with a concussed Young on the sideline and backup Jeff Garcia completing just 22 of 45 passes. Still, the 49ers had a chance to tie the score and force overtime, but a two-point conversion attempt with 1:28 to go failed.


DEC. 18, 1999

In Charlotte, N.C.

PANTHERS 41, 49ERS 24

The Panthers completed the season series sweep and dropped the 49ers to 4-10.Garcia completed 29 of 46 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns, but the 49ers’ defense couldn’t stop the Panthers, who scored on their first four possessions and followed with two touchdowns and a field goal on their first three series of the second half.


SEPT. 10, 2000

In San Francisco

PANTHERS 38, 49ERS 22

Beuerlein threw for 364 yards and three touchdowns before sitting out the fourth quarter as the 49ers lost for the 13th time in 14 games. The Panthers scored on four of their first five drives and took a commanding 28-0 halftime lead.


OCT. 22, 2000

In Charlotte, N.C.

PANTHERS 34, 49ERS 16

In the rematch the following month, things were even worse for the 49ers. Beuerlein passed for 309 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers breezed to a victory that gave them a sweep of the season series for the second year in a row.


OCT. 7, 2001

In San Francisco

49ERS 24, PANTHERS 14

Owens caught eight passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and the 49ers ended a four-game losing streak to their division rivals. The Panthers led 14-10 two minutes into the second half after Doug Evans returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown, but the 49ers’ defense held them to 124 yards in the second half.


NOV. 18, 2001

In Charlotte, N.C.

49ERS 25, PANTHERS 22 (OT)

Garcia led the 49ers on a fourth-quarter comeback, finding Owens in the corner of the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown, then passing to Eric Johnson for the tying two-point conversion to force overtime. After winning the coin toss, the 49ers drove 66 yards to set up Jose Cortez’s 26-yard field goal. After the season, realignment sent the Panthers to the NFC South, ending the annual two-game series.


NOV. 14, 2004

In San Francisco

PANTHERS 37, 49ERS 27

The 49ers took a 17-0 lead but squandered it with five turnovers, including Tim Rattay’s four interceptions, in a loss that dropped their record to 1-8, tied with Miami for worst in the NFL. They finished 2-14.


DEC. 2, 2007

In Charlotte, N.C.

PANTHERS 31, 49ERS 14

The 49ers turned the ball over six times as Carolina won for the first time at home that season and assured the 49ers of their fifth consecutive losing season.


OCT. 24, 2010

In Charlotte, N.C.

PANTHERS 23, 49ERS 20

Carolina’s Charles Johnson knocked quarterback Alex Smith out of the game in the third quarter, and replacement David Carr was intercepted, setting up John Kasay’s decisive 37-yard field goal with 39 seconds left.


NOV. 10, 2013

In San Francisco

PANTHERS 10, 49ERS 9

Colin Kaepernick was sacked six times and finished with 46 net passing yards, and the 49ers converted just two third downs as the Panthers ended their five-game winning streak. The 49ers played without Michael Crabtree, and Vernon Davis left because of a concussion.

– Bee Sports staff

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Matt Barrows was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at mbarrows@sacbee.com.
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