Oct 9, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) signals at the line of scrimmage in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Garoppolo guides 49ers to road win over Panthers

Jimmy Garoppolo threw for two touchdowns and Emmanuel Moseley returned an interception for a touchdown as the San Francisco 49ers won 37-15 over the host Carolina Panthers on Sunday in Charlotte, N.C.

Jeff Wilson Jr. ran for 120 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries to help San Francisco (3-2) win for the second time in less than a week. Tevin Coleman also scored on a late-game 5-yard run.

Garoppolo completed 18 of 30 passes for 253 yards without an interception. The 49ers were 7-for-12 on third-down conversions.

Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield was 20 of 36 for 215 yards. Carolina (1-4), which has won just one of four home games this season, was 3-for-15 on third-down conversions.

Backup PJ Walker also took some snaps at quarterback for the Panthers, completing 5 of 6 passes for 60 yards.

The 49ers scored on the game’s opening possession, as Garoppolo capped off a seven-play 75-yard drive by connecting with Coleman on a 9-yard scoring strike.

San Francisco appeared set to expand its lead in the last two minutes of the first half, but Carolina’s Derrick Brown blocked Robbie Gould’s 43-yard field goal attempt.

The 49ers did better just four plays later, with Moseley’s interception and 41-yard return for a touchdown.

Carolina perked up and scored nine points in the third quarter. The 49ers responded by marching 75 yards and chewing up more than six minutes of clock to go up 30-12 on Wilson’s 1-yard run with 12:31 left.

The Panthers’ lone touchdown of the afternoon came on Christian McCaffrey’s 19-yard run on the first possession of the second half. He was short on a two-point conversion run. McCaffrey finished with a team-high 54 rushing yards to go with 50 receiving yards on 21 touches.

Eddy Pineiro gave Carolina its only first-half points with a 43-yard field goal. The Panthers had 133 yards of total offense in the first half.

Pineiro connected on field goals of 37 and 34 yards in the second half.

–Field Level Media

Jul 29, 2022; Santa Clara, CA, USA;  San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) makes a catch during training camp at the SAP Performance Facility near Levi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: 49ers TE George Kittle (groin) out again Sunday

San Francisco tight end George Kittle is expected to miss his second straight game Sunday against Seattle, per multiple reports.

The 49ers star sustained a groin injury during a Sept. 5 practice session and did not return to practice until Friday, in a limited capacity.

Kittle, 28, caught 71 passes for 910 yards and six touchdowns in 14 starts last season.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection has not played a full season since 2018 due to various injuries.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA;  San Francisco 49ers free safety Jimmie Ward (1) during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

49ers S Jimmie Ward sidelined by hamstring injury

San Francisco 49ers safety Jimmie Ward is dealing with a “pretty bad hamstring injury,” coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday.

Ward was injured in Sunday’s practice and his availability for the Sept. 11 season opener against the host Chicago Bears is suddenly in doubt.

“It’s a pretty bad hamstring injury … so we’ll see over the next couple of weeks how it plays out,” Shanahan said.

Ward, 31, registered 77 tackles and two interceptions in 16 starts in 2021. He has 401 tackles and four picks in 94 games (74 starts) since the 49ers drafted him in the first round (30th overall) in 2014.

Shanahan said bringing in a new player is a possibility, although NFL rosters must be reduced from 90 to 85 players by Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

“Well see how it goes with the roster. We might move our nickels around a little bit just for some guys, Shanahan said. “But hopefully we’ll get some more guys in here soon.”

–Field Level Media