Week #10
Sunday, Nov.18, at Ericsson Stadium, 10:00am PDT
vs
22
OT
25

San Francisco 49ers' J.J. Stokes, left, celebrates his touchdown catch with teammate Eric Johnson, right, in the second quarter in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. It might be a stretch, but all these Jeff Garcia-led comebacks are earning the San Francisco quarterback comparisons to Joe Montana.

Garcia threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens and made a 2-point conversion with 1 second left in regulation. Then he helped set up Jose Cortez's 26-yard field goal that lifted San Francisco to a 25-22 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

The rally drew postgame comparisons to Montana, the Hall of Fame quarterback known for his numerous late-game heroics and four Super Bowl titles.

``It's obviously a compliment anytime you're mentioned in the same sentence with Joe Montana. I idolized the guy and saw him do so many great things for the 49ers,'' said Garcia. ``As far as coming back and winning games late, it was something that he was known for, and to be mentioned among that is a great honor.''

It was the fourth time this season Garcia rallied San Francisco (7-2) to either win or tie a game in the waning moments of the fourth quarter. The 49ers are 3-1 in overtime in 2001 and are starting to believe Garcia will pull them through every time.

``Jeff has really come into his own since stepping in for us,'' said J.J. Stokes, who caught two touchdown passes. ``He's getting better every day and he's one of the tops in the league right now. I really think the sky's the limit for him, and for us with him.''

The rally gave the 49ers a season-sweep over the Panthers (1-9), dropping Carolina coach George Seifert to 4-2 against the team he led to two Super Bowl titles. It was Carolina's ninth straight loss.

Seifert said Carolina's confidence is gone.

`I think it's once again shattered in a tough, close game,'' Seifert said. ``They played very hard today and there's no words to describe the feeling.''

For a moment, it looked like Seifert still had San Francisco's number.

Carolina was clinging to a 19-14 lead and looking for a stop when former 49er Brenston Buckner stepped in front of Garcia's pass at the 42-yard line for his first interception of the season.

He returned it to the 14, setting up John Kasay's third field goal, a 28-yarder with 1:52 left for a 22-14 lead.

Garcia then began the comeback, marching the 49ers 66 yards on 11 plays, converting a fourth-and-4 at the Carolina 46.

From the 7, Garcia hit Owens on a fade in the right corner of the end zone to make it 22-20. With one tick left on the clock, he tossed a pass to rookie tight end Eric Johnson, who was one step inside the end zone, sending the game into overtime.

``Jeff is so calm in those situations, he never panics and knows we're all going to help him make the plays,'' Owens said.

The 49ers won the toss in overtime and Garcia again took them on a 66-yard drive. He completed passes of 8 and 15 yards to Owens to set up Cortez's winning kick.

Garcia finished 34-for-54 for 305 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He never panicked and barely showed any emotion on the field.

``I'm a very mellow person as is, and I learned over my years that getting too excited on the field was physically draining,'' Garcia said. ``My controlling that, I've learned that when it comes down to the end of the game I still have something left.''

Chris Weinke, who missed last week's game and was slowed most of this week with a sore throwing shoulder, returned and helped the Panthers capitalize early. Fred Beasley fumbled on San Francisco's first possession and Weinke turned the turnover into a 13-yard touchdown pass to Richard Huntley.

Carolina held a 13-7 lead until Garcia finally got San Francisco's offense moving late in the third quarter. A 79-yard drive ended on a 9-yard TD pass to Stokes.

Garcia was moving the Niners again at the start of the fourth period when he made his first mistake. Carolina's Doug Evans dived for a low pass and got his league-leading eighth interception of the season at the 46-yard line.

Carolina used the turnover to retake the lead, 19-14. Weinke threw his second touchdown, a 24-yard pass to Wesley Walls. But the 2-point conversion pass failed.

NOTES: San Francisco defensive tackle Bryant Young dislocated his finger in the first quarter, but continued to play. ... Carolina receiver Muhsin Muhammad did not play in the second half because of a shoulder sprain. ... Weinke's first-quarter TD pass to Huntley was his first since Oct. 21 and Huntley's first score this season. ... The two-game series has been swept every year since 1997.



 
FINAL
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
OT
Total
San Francisco
0
7
7
6
3
25
Carolina
7
3
3
9
0
22
   
   
SCORING SUMMARY SFO CAR
1st Quarter
CAR TD Chris Weinke (CAR) pass across the middle complete to Richard Huntley (CAR) for a 14 yard touchdown. Extra point by John Kasay (CAR) is good.
0
7
2nd Quarter
SFO TD Jeff Garcia (SFO) pass right side complete to J.J.Stokes (SFO) for a 14 yard touchdown. Extra point by Brian Jennings (SFO) is good.
7
7
CAR FG 25 yard field goal by John Kasay (CAR) is good.
7
10
3rd Quarter
CAR FG 41 yard field goal by John Kasay (CAR) is good.
7
13
SFO TD Jeff Garcia (SFO) pass right side complete to J.J.Stokes (SFO) for a 9 yard touchdown. Extra point by Jose Cortez (SFO) is good.
14
13
4th Quarter
CAR TD Chris Weinke (CAR) pass across the middle complete to Wesley Walls (CAR) for a 24 yard touchdown. 2-pys conversion failed.
14
19
CAR FG 28 yard field goal by John Kasay (CAR) is good.
14
22
SFO TD Jeff Garcia (SFO) pass right side complete to Terrell Owens (SFO) for a 7 yard touchdown. 2 point pass from Jeff Garcia (SFO) to Eric Johnson (SFO) is good.
22
22
Overtime
SFO FG 27 yard field goal by Jose Cortez (SFO) is good.
25
22

 
 
TEAM STATISTICS
SFO
CAR
First Downs 26 14
Third Down Efficiency 10-20 3-13
TOTAL NET YARDS 408 280
Total Plays 80 57
Average Gain Per Play 5.1 4.9
NET YARDS RUSHING 121 103
Rushes 26 16
Average Per Rush 4.7 6.4
NET YARDS PASSING 287 177
Pass Completion 34-54 22-41
Yards Per Pass 5.5 4.3
Times Sacked 3 0
Yards Lost To Sacks 9 0
Had Intercepted 2 0
PUNTS 7 7
Average Punt 49.1 43.4
PENALTIES 10 8
Penalty Yards 70 60
FUMBLES 1 0
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Time Of Possesion 39:20 25:21
  
   

Passing
49ERS CMP ATT YDS PCT YPA SACK SYDS TD INT
Jeff Garcia 34 54 305 63.0 5.65 3 9 3 2
PANTHERS CMP ATT YDS PCT YPA SACK SYDS TD INT
Chris Weinke 22 41 177 53.7 4.32 0 0 2 0

Rushing
49ERS ATT YDS AVG LONG TD FUM
Garrison Hearst 17 92 5.4 31 0 0
Kevan Barlow 7 19 2.7 6 0 0
Fred Beasley 1 9 9.0 9 0 0
Jeff Garcia 1 1 1.0 1 0 0
PANTHERS ATT YDS AVG LONG TD FUM
Richard Huntley 13 63 4.8 18 0 0
Steve Smith 1 39 39.0 39 0 0
Brad Hoover 1 2 2.0 2 0 0
Chris Weinke 1 -1 -1.0 -1 0 0

Receiving
49ERS REC YDS AVG LONG TD FUM
Terrell Owens 7 99 14.1 45 1 0
J.J. Stokes 8 72 9.0 14 2 0
Tai Streets 4 44 11.0 24 0 0
Eric Johnson 3 34 11.3 21 0 0
Garrison Hearst 6 21 3.5 6 0 0
Fred Beasley 3 18 6.0 13 0 0
Kevan Barlow 2 13 6.5 11 0 0
Terry Jackson 1 4 4.0 4 0 0
PANTHERS REC YDS AVG LONG TD FUM
Donald Hayes 5 54 10.8 19 0 0
Richard Huntley 5 31 6.2 13 1 0
Isaac Byrd 4 31 7.8 11 0 0
Wesley Walls 2 30 15.0 24 1 0
Brad Hoover 5 22 4.4 7 0 0
Muhsin Muhammad 1 9 9.0 9 0 0

Kicking
49ERS FGA FGM PCT LNG XPA XPM PCT PTS
Jose Cortez 1 1 100.0 -- 2 2 100.0 5
PANTHERS FGA FGM PCT LNG XPA XPM PCT PTS
John Kasay 3 3 100.0 -- 1 1 100.0 10

Punting
49ERS PUNTS AVG LONG BLOCKED IN 20 TB
Jason Baker 7 49.1 -- -- -- --
PANTHERS PUNTS AVG LONG BLOCKED IN 20 TB
Todd Sauerbrun 7 43.4 -- -- -- --

Kick/Punt Returns
49ERS KR YDS AVG LONG TD PR YDS AVG LONG TD
Vinny Sutherland 7 147 21.0 -- -- 0 0 0.0 -- --
PANTHERS KR YDS AVG LONG TD PR YDS AVG LONG TD
Isaac Byrd 3 67 22.3 -- -- 0 0 0.0 -- --
Brad Hoover 1 8 8.0 -- -- 0 0 0.0 -- --
Steve Smith 0 0 0.0 -- -- 5 52 10.4 -- --

Defense
49ERS TOT SOLO AST SCK YDS FF INT YDS INT/TD
Derek Smith 10 7 3 0.0 0 0 0 -- --
Jeff Ulbrich 8 6 2 0.0 0 0 0 -- --
Julian Peterson 5 3 2 0.0 0 0 0 -- --
Jason Webster 5 4 1 0.0 0 0 0 -- --
Bryant Young 3 2 1 0.0 0 0 0 -- --
Lance Schulters 3 2 1 0.0 0 0 0 -- --
Ahmed Plummer 3 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 -- --
Zack Bronson 2 1 1 0.0 0 0 0 -- --
Chike Okeafor 1 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 -- --
Rashad Holman 1 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 -- --
PANTHERS TOT SOLO AST SCK YDS FF INT YDS INT/TD
Darren Hambrick 9 9 0 0.0 0 0 0 -- --
Mike Minter 8 7 1 0.0 0 0 0 -- --
Jimmy Hitchcock 7 7 0 0.0 0 0 0 -- --
Jay Williams 5 3 2 0.0 0 0 0 -- --
Deon Grant 5 4 1 0.0 0 0 0 -- --
Doug Evans 4 4 0 0.0 0 0 1 -- --
Lester Towns 4 3 1 0.0 0 0 0 -- --
Dan Morgan 4 3 1 0.0 0 0 0 -- --
Mike Rucker 3 3 0 1.0 6 0 0 -- --
Larry Chester 2 1 1 0.0 0 0 0 -- --
Kris Jenkins 2 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 -- --
Nate Hemsley 1 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 -- --

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