(SAN FRANCISCO) — The Carolina Panthers limited the San Francisco 49ers to 151 total yards helping them squeak by the 49ers 10-9 Sunday.
Drayton Florence intercepted Colin Kaepernick’s pass with less than a minute to play to seal the Panthers (6-3) fifth-straight victory.
“This game is a maturity jump for us, because in the past what I’ve been a part of, we’ve been somewhat uncertain of how we will turn out in these types of games,” Cam Newton said. “We needed that type of game, just to be in a dog fight, in somewhat of a barnburner, to show what type of team this really is.”
The Carolina defense made it hard on Kaepernick all day, sacking the young quarterback six times.
The Carolina offense didn’t have to do much. DeAngelo Williams rushed for a 27-yard touchdown, and Graham Gano kicked a 53-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to give the Panthers the lead for good.
Cam Newton completed 16-of-32 passes for 162 yards and an interception in the win.
San Francisco (6-3) had their five-game winning streak snapped by the loss.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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