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The Takeaway: Panthers Defense Too Much

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The 49ers dropped a game following a bye week for the first time since Jim Harbaugh took over as coach in 2011. Their 10-9 loss to the Panthers featured struggles from an offense that registered just 45 net yards in the second half. Inside we break down the loss and what it means going forward.

"They didn't surprise us at all. We just didn't execute." Those were the words of Colin Kaepernick following his offense's dreadful performance against one of the league's up-and-coming defenses. The Panthers' defensive front dominated the 49ers' renowned offensive line, sacking Kaepernick six times while he struggled to get in any sort of rhythm. Not even the addition of Mario Manningham...

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