Cat Tracks at San Francisco

QUARTERBACK

This was Chris Weinke's worst performance of the first four games. He threw some ill-advised passes and tossed three interceptions. His final numbers of 29-57 for 275 yards are less than impressive. He did look impressive though in the early going, even though many of his throws were called back on penalties, and he engineered a nice 99-yard touchdown drive. CAT TRACKS: 1 1/2 PAWS (out of 4)

RUNNING BACKS

Tshimanga Biakabutuka was back in the starting line-up...and didn't fumble! He did average 4.5 yards per carry. The problem is: the Panthers only ran the ball 16 times the entire game. CAT TRACKS: 2 PAWS

RECEIVERS

Tight end Wesley Walls was a part of the offense from the get-go, and had a nice touchdown catch on a sucker play when he went down to the ground, and then got up and ended up wide open. He finished the night with 10 catches. Muhsin Muhammad ended up with 8 cathces, but, once again, dropped a pass on a big play. The rest of the receivers were just about shut out. CAT TRACKS: 1 1/2 PAWS

OFFENSIVE LINE

They only gave up one sack, and did a decent job protecting Weinke. The penalties though were huge and came much too often. They did a fair job opening holes for the running game, but, as we talked about earlier, they never established much of one. CAT TRACKS: 1 1/2 HOLDS...(Ooops...) PAWS

DEFENSIVE LINE

They brought some pressure for one of the few times this year, but also gave up 150 yards on the ground. A fair performance, but they gave up too much in the second half, when the team really needed a stop. CAT TRACKS: 2 PAWS

LINEBACKERS

Receivers were getting open on short patterns during the second half touchdown drives and the tackling led a lot to be desired. This unit is really getting hit by the injury bug. CAT TRACKS: 1 PAW

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Doug Evans got a pick that he ran back for a touchdown, but, beyond that, the youth in this unit really showed. CAT TRACKS: 1 PAW

SPECIAL TEAMS

No turnovers, that's a nice start, and, after a poor first punt, Todd Sauerbrun once again looked solid. What's going on in the place-kicking game. Poor field conditions at home last week prevented George Seifert from going for a kick of just under 50 yards, and, he did it again in this one down 7-0 in the second quarter. CAT TRACKS: 2 PAWS

COACHING

At some point, the penalties and mistakes have to point back to the coaching staff. Opponents seem to be making solid halftime adjustments, what's happening in the Panthers' lockerroom. And, the time outs they called at the end of the first half opened the door for the 49ers to add a late field goal! San Francisco would have been happy just running the clock out. CAT TRACKS: 1 PAW


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