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Panthers-Jets Postgame Notes

The Series: With the 17-6 victory, the Jets lead all-time series 3-2.

Inactives: The following eight players were inactive for the Panthers: quarterback A.J. Feeley (third quarterback), fullback Tony Fiammetta, running back Mike Goodson, defensive end Charles Johnson, wide receiver Kenneth Moore, guard Duke Robinson, defensive end Hilee Taylor, and cornerback C.J. Wilson.

For Starters: James Anderson started his second game of the year and first at weakside linebacker after Landon Johnson went on injured reserve with a right knee injury (11/24/09). Johnson was replacing Thomas Davis, who had been placed on injured reserve earlier in November. Also on defense, defensive end Julius Peppers returned to the lineup after being limited the previous two games with a hand injury. Offensively, Dante Rosario made his fourth start of the season as the Panthers opened in a two-tight end set.


Williams Millennium Man: Running back DeAngelo Williams eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing for the second consecutive season by posting a team-high 40 yards on 16 carries. He cracked the 1,000-yard plateau in the first quarter on a four-yard run. It marked the fourth time in team history that a player has surpassed 1,000 rushing yards in a season - previously achieved by Williams with a team-record 1,515 yards in 2008, Stephen Davis with 1,444 in 2003 and Anthony Johnson with 1,120 in 1996.

He also tied for the team lead with four catches for 10 yards. Williams attempted the first pass of his career on the game's final play - a completion to wide receiver Steve Smith for minus-three yards.

Williams leads the Panthers with 1,022 yards and seven touchdowns on 197 carries this season and is third on the team with 26 receptions for 234 yards. Williams ranks first in team history with 3,755 rushing yards, 30 rushing touchdowns and 15 games with 100 or more rushing yards and second with 735 rushing attempts.

Dante's Inferno: Tight end Dante Rosario compiled a team-high 62 receiving yards on four catches, all of which resulted in first downs. Of his 44-career receptions, 32 (72.7 percent) have yielded a first down or touchdown.

In The Pocket: Quarterback Jake Delhomme completed 14-of-34 passes for 130 yards and no touchdowns with four interceptions to produce a 12.7 quarterback rating, the second-worst mark of his career behind a 12.3 rating at Oakland (11/9/08). The four interceptions matched the most he has ever thrown in a regular-season game - previously accomplished four times, most recently versus Philadelphia (9/13/09). Delhomme has completed 178-of-321 passes for 2,015 yards and eight touchdowns with 18 interceptions this season.

Takeaway/Giveaway: Carolina forced three turnovers on fumble recoveries by linebacker Jon Beason and cornerback Richard Marshall and an interception by cornerback Chris Gamble. The Panthers turned it over four times on four interceptions to finish with a minus-one turnover ratio. The three takeaways resulted in three points for Carolina, and the four giveaways led to 14 points for New York. The Panthers have a negative-nine turnover ratio this season.

Defensive end Julius Peppers forced his fifth fumble of the season, the second most in the NFL, when he caused Jets running back Shonn Greene to lose the ball in the second quarter at the Panthers' 27-yard line. Peppers ranks as the Panthers' all-time leader with 29 forced fumbles.

Safety Chris Harris saved a touchdown on New York's opening possession of the second half by knocking the ball away from Jets tight end Dustin Keller at Carolina's one-yard line as he attempted to stretch the ball over the goal line. Marshall fell on the loose ball in the end zone for a touchback.

Gamble picked off his second pass of the season and returned it two yards to midfield in the fourth quarter to set up a field goal. He ranks second in team history with 22 interceptions and 271 interception return yards behind Eric Davis with 25 interceptions and Mike Minter with 418 interception return yards.

Stingy Defense: The Panthers limited the Jets, who began the game averaging 21.3 points, to 17 points. But just 10 of those came against the defense as New York scored one touchdown on an interception return. The Jets' only offensive touchdown drive began inside Carolina territory at the 38-yard line following a turnover. The Panthers allowed the Jets inside their 20-yard line twice, surrendering one touchdown and creating one takeaway.

Carolina kept New York below its season average of 328.5 total net yards, yielding 283 yards - 139 rushing and 144 passing. The Panthers held the Jets - who began the game ranked sixth in the NFL with an average of 4.7 yards per carry - to an average of 3.6 yards per carry on 39 attempts.

Sack Party: The Panthers collected three sacks against the Jets and have gathered 21 this season. Defensive end Tyler Brayton notched one quarterback takedown, Brayton and defensive end Julius Peppers shared one, and defensive end Everette Brown and defensive tackle Damione Lewis combined for another. Peppers, who ranks as the Panthers' all-time leader with 78.0 sacks, leads the team with 7.5 this season, and Brayton stands second with four - the second-highest total of his career.

The Specialists: Kicker John Kasay connected on both of his field-goal attempts, converting from 40 and 28 yards. He has been successful on 13-of-17 field-goal attempts and perfect on all 20 of his extra-point opportunities for a team-leading 59 points this season. Kasay ranks seventh in NFL history with 399 made field goals and 11th with 1,693 points scored - including a franchise record 1,352 for the Panthers - and has made a team-record 155 consecutive extra points.

Punter Jason Baker generated a gross average of 45.4 yards and net average of 39.0 yards with none inside the 20, no touchbacks and long of 50 yards on five punts. His gross average remained at 45.3 yards and his net average improved to 36.5 yards with 16 punts inside the 20, three touchbacks, one block and long of 61 yards this season.

Kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd placed all three of his kickoffs in the end zone with no touchbacks, helping limit New York to an average kickoff drive start of the 27-yard line. He has reached the end zone on 34-of-46 kickoffs with 18 touchbacks this season.

Claw Marks: Carolina has allowed the second-most return touchdowns in the NFL this season with seven: three interception, two fumble, one kickoff and one punt...Rookie cornerback Captain Munnerlyn registered a career-long 37-yard punt return. He bettered his previous best of 34 yards at Tampa Bay (10/18/09)...After converting their first three third downs on their opening possession, the Panthers were successful on just one-of-13 third downs the rest of the game to finish with a 25-percent third-down conversion rate.

Jet Streams: New York cornerback Darrelle Revis and safety Kerry Rhodes tied the record for the most interceptions in a game by an opponent with two - previously accomplished 21 times, most recently by Jairus Byrd for Buffalo (10/25/09)...Revis returned one interception 67 yards for a touchdown to match the second-longest interception return against the Panthers - previously achieved by Lavar Arrington for Washington (10/21/01). The record for the longest interception return by an opponent is 76 yards by Otis Smith for New England (1/6/02)...Revis finished the game with 67 interception return yards to equal the mark for the third-most interception return yards in a game by an opponent - previously done twice, most recently by Byrd for Buffalo (10/25/09).

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