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8 Notable Statistics from 49ers 46-27 Loss to Carolina Panthers

The San Francisco 49ers dropped to 1-1 on the season after a Week 2 road loss to the Carolina Panthers. The game included four takeaways for San Francisco's defense and three offensive scores supplied by quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

Take a look at eight key statistics from the game, courtesy of the 49ers communications department.


Linebacker Gerald Hodges registered a strip-sack of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in the fourth quarter. It marked Hodges' first full sack and forced fumble of his career. Linebacker Eli Harold recovered the Newton fumble for his second fumble recovery of his two-year career.


Through the first two games of 2016, San Francisco has forced six turnovers (three interceptions and three fumble recoveries. The team's six turnovers in Weeks 1-2 are the most to start a season for the 49ers since 2003 (nine takeaways: three interceptions and six fumble recoveries).


In the second quarter, safety Antoine Bethea forced a fumble on Panthers running back Fozzy Whittaker. It marked Bethea's seventh career forced fumble and his since Sept. 28, 2014 against the Philadelphia Eagles.


Gabbert completed two touchdown passes on the day. The 49ers signal-caller has now thrown a touchdown in each game that he has appeared in as a member of the 49ers (11 consecutive). Gabbert also has the NFL's longest active streak for consecutive games with a touchdown pass (12).


On the first possession of the game, Bethea intercepted Newton on a pass that was initially tipped by linebacker NaVorro Bowman. It marked Bethea's first interception of the season and his 19th of his career. The veteran defensive back is the first member of the 49ers to record an interception and forced fumble in the same game since he accomplished the feat on Sept. 28, 2014 against the Eagles.


The 49ers scored 20 of their 27 points on the day off of Carolina turnovers. Through two weeks, San Francisco has scored 34 points off of opponent turnovers.


Smith caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Gabbert in the second quarter. It was Smith's first touchdown reception of the year and the 35th of his sixth-year career.


McDonald scored on a career-long 75-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. It was McDonald's second consecutive game with a touchdown. The scoring play also marked the second longest catch by a tight end in franchise history. Former 49ers tight end Ted Kwalick caught an 81-yard touchdown on Oct. 22, 1972. The touchdown pass to McDonald was also the second-longest touchdown pass of Gabbert's career. His career best was an 80-yard touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 23, 2012.

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