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Mario Manningham Makes 2013 Debut

Posted Nov 10, 2013

Mario Manningham made his 2013 debut in a 10-9 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

The 49ers recorded a season-low 46 net passing yards.

It happened to coincide with the return of sixth-year pro, Mario Manningham, who made his 2013 debut in a 10-9 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Both teams lacked explosive offensive production in a low-scoring contest. San Francisco’s longest passing play was a 14-yard reception by Manningham, who started in his first game of the year.

Manningham posted a team-high, three catches for 30 yards in his first NFL action since suffering an ACL tear on his left knee in Week 16 of 2012. Manningham missed the team’s Super Bowl run and was recently activated to help spark the 49ers passing attack.

In Week 10 action, Manningham was able to get back on the field, but the game’s outcome was not the desired result for his 2013 debut.

“I’m cool, but I would have felt better if we would have won,” Manningham said at his locker after San Francisco’s five-game winning streak was snapped. “I’m cool, my knee’s cool. It held up.”

Manningham was a big part of the offensive game plan, but he also had two drops on his six targets. One sideline throw was rifled by Colin Kaepernick and the veteran receiver was unable to haul in the pass while dragging both feet down on the sideline. The other, a quick throw in the left flat, was misjudged in the sunlight.

Like Manningham, Anquan Boldin also caught three passes.

After the game, both wideouts were clearly not pleased with the offensive production against Carolina.

“You have to execute, come back stronger,” Manningham said. “It isn’t anything we can’t fix. We just have to execute harder and finish plays. We just have to come back stronger next week and do what we have to do to win.”

Boldin was more frank with his assessment of what went wrong.

“Offensively, we didn’t get it done,” said the team’s leading receiver on the season, who now has 41 catches, 574 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Boldin’s stone-faced demeanor said everything of the offense’s performance.

“It’s unacceptable,” Boldin said. “We have a number of weapons on offense. We just have to do a better job of making it happen.”

Manningham’s presence at another week of practice will be important for the offense. A road game at New Orleans presents a challenge for a 49ers team looking to stay in the NFC postseason race.

“We aren’t about to say it’s a big game, every game is the same,” Manningham said. “Some teams might be a little bit better than the other one, but we’re going to prepare like we’ve been preparing.”

Jim Harbaugh enjoyed having Manningham back in the mix, but it doesn’t take away the feeling of losing a home game to the Panthers.

“It’s just a sinking feeling right now,” the 49ers coach said. “You don’t get the job done as a team. And we’ll bounce back. We’ll come storming back.

“We’ll do what we do, bounce back. Regroup, refit and reorganize and come back this week.”


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