There weren't many positives to come out of Sunday's 49ers' loss to the Panthers.Though the San Francisco defense was solid in the 10-9 defeat, the offense was pedestrian and the passing attack mostly absent. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw for just 91 yards and the 49ers offense could generate just 4 yards on 14 plays in the fourth quarter.The nine points scored by the 49ers – all in the first half – came on three Phil Dawson field goals. Even with all their offensive woes, the Niners were still in position to win late in the game if they could move the ball into position for one more Dawson field-goal try. Unfortunately for the Niners, Kaepernick was intercepted on San Francisco's final possession to seal the defeat and Dawson never got the chance.Dawson, however, has proven to be one of the team's most consistent performers this season and a significant upgrade over David Akers, who slumped horribly in 2012 after a terrific season in 2011.Dawson not only was 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts vs. Carolina Sunday, but he's 12-of-15 this season – and one of his three misses came on a 71-yard attempt against the Rams at the end of the first half that was likely to...