Carolina has finally won its first game of the season, defeating San Francisco 23-20 at home with 10 late unanswered points.
The Panthers improve to 1-5 on the season. The 49ers drop to 1-6.
The Panthers turned the game around in a hurry, intercepting David Carr shortly after tying the game at 20-all and now getting a 37-yard field goal from John Kasay to take a 23-20 lead with 0:39 remaining.
Carr's underthrown pass was intercepted by Richard Marshall and Matt Moore (who threw for 308 yards) laid a gorgeous pass into Brandon LaFell for a 35-yard gain that set up Kasay's go-ahead field goal.
It was easily Carolina's highest point total of the season -- they more than doubled their NFL-low scoring average of 10.4 points per game.
Rookie David Gettis had eight catches for 125 yards in this one and two TDs; Brandon LaFell had six catches for 91 yards.
Carr had one last chance, but never really got close -- playing for the 49ers pretty much the way he played in Carolina.
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