Silver linings: 49ers at Panthers

The facts: The 49ers fell to 1-6 with a 23-20 road defeat to the Carolina Panthers in Week 7.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.

  • Frank Gore has reached 100 yards rushing in each of his past two games.

  • Tight end Vernon Davis had a 53-yard reception and a 1-yarder for a touchdown. He's on pace to finish the season with 73 receptions for 965 yards and nine touchdowns. He finished last season with 78-965-13.

  • Ray McDonald's 31-yard interception return for a touchdown broke a 13-13 tie.

  • The 49ers' contained Carolina running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart while holding the Panthers to 76 yards rushing, a season low.

  • Quarterback Alex Smith did not thrown an interception for the second game in a row.

  • The 49ers forced a season-high three turnovers.

  • Cornerbacks Nate Clements and Shawntae Spencer forced fumbles. Clements also had a sack.

  • The San Francisco Giants' run to the World Series is distracting Bay Area sports fans from the 49ers' struggles.

Looking ahead: The 49ers face the Denver Broncos in London.