The Series: With the 37-13 victory, Baltimore earned its first ever win against Carolina, who leads the all-time series 3-1.
For Starters: Brian St. Pierre, who had been promoted to the Panthers' active roster from the practice squad on Tuesday (11/16/10), made his first career start in place of Jimmy Clausen, who was inactive with a concussion. It marked just the third game in which St. Pierre had played over eight NFL seasons.
Mackenzy Bernadeau started at left guard for Travelle Wharton, who was inactive with a toe injury. It represented his sixth start this season after opening the first five games at right guard. Bernadeau previously started the last seven games at left guard in 2009 when Wharton moved to left tackle after a season-ending injury to Jordan Gross.
Mike Goodson made his second consecutive start at running back for DeAngelo Williams, who was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury (11/17/10), and Jonathan Stewart, who was inactive with a concussion.
Brian's Song: Quarterback Brian St. Pierre completed 13-of-28 passes for 173 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions to produce a 48.7 quarterback rating. He threw an 88-yard touchdown to wide receiver David Gettis in the fourth quarter that equaled the second-longest completion in team history, previously accomplished by Steve Beuerlein at Pittsburgh (12/26/99). The team record is an 89-yard touchdown pass by Kerry Collins versus Atlanta (12/17/95).
St. Pierre established single-game highs for attempts, completions, yards and longest pass. Entering the game, he had completed just two-of-five passes for 12 yards and one touchdown with one interception in two career appearances.
Goodson Carries The Load: Running back Mike Goodson rushed for a career-high 120 yards on 22 carries to compile his second consecutive 100-yard rushing effort after recording 100 yards last week at Tampa Bay (11/14/10).
He galloped a career-long 45-yards in the first quarter, bettering his previous long of an 18-yard burst at Tampa Bay (11/14/10), to set up a field goal. Goodson's 45-yard scamper represented Carolina's longest run this year, surpassing DeAngelo Williams' 39-yard touchdown run at New Orleans (10/3/10).
Goodson also led the team with five receptions for 31 yards and finished the game with 151 total yards from scrimmage. He ranks second on the Panthers with 270 yards rushing and one touchdown on 61 attempts this season and is tied for second with 25 catches for 184 yards.
Gettis Gets It Done: Rookie wide receiver David Gettis paced Carolina with 92 receiving yards and one touchdown on two receptions. He scored on a career-long 88-yard catch in the fourth quarter to match the second-longest reception in team history, previously accomplished by Patrick Jeffers at Pittsburgh (12/26/99). The team record is an 89-yard touchdown catch by Willie Green versus Atlanta (12/17/95).
Gettis is tied for second on the Panthers with 25 receptions for 400 yards and three touchdowns this season. The sixth-round draft choice from Baylor leads the team with an average of 16.0 yards per catch.
In The Zone: The Panthers posted a 100 percent efficiency rating in the red zone, kicking a field goal on one trip inside the Ravens' 20-yard line. Carolina has been successful on 11-of-20 red zone opportunities, scoring five touchdowns and six field goals for a 55.0 percent conversion rate and 25.0 percent touchdown conversion rate, this season.
Takeaway/Giveaway: Carolina forced two turnovers on two fumbles. Defensive end Tyler Brayton recovered a fumbled handoff by Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco in the second quarter. In the final minute of the first half, linebacker Jon Beason forced a fumble by Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin that was recovered by cornerback Richard Marshall.
The Panthers turned it over twice on two interceptions to finish with an even turnover ratio. The two takeaways resulted in no points for Carolina, and the two giveaways led to 14 points for Baltimore. The Panthers have a negative-10 turnover ratio this season, compiling an 0-3 record when having a positive turnover margin, an 0-1 record when being even in turnover margin, and a 1-5 record when having a negative turnover margin.
Sakrete Sacks: The Panthers matched their season high with three sacks against the Ravens and have gathered 16 this season. Defensive end Charles Johnson dropped Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco for a six-yard loss in the first quarter and leads the team with 4.5 sacks this year. In the third quarter, defensive end Everette Brown victimized Flacco for a sack and forced fumble on the same play, which resulted in a 14-yard loss. Rookie defensive end Greg Hardy took down Flacco for a three-yard loss in the fourth quarter.
During the 2010 season, Sakrete, a leader in concrete and concrete-related products, is donating $100 to the BVC Playground Build for every sack Carolina records. Through 10 games, $1,600 has been raised.
The Specialists: Kicker John Kasay connected on both of his field goal attempts - converting from 45 and 40 yards - and his only extra point chance. He has been successful on 15-of-17 field goal attempts and perfect on all 10 of his extra point opportunities for a team-leading 55 points this season.
Punter Jason Baker generated a gross average of 46.0 yards and net average of 39.2 yards with one inside the 20, one touchback and long of 57 yards on nine punts. He tied his single-game high of nine punts, previously accomplished six times - most recently versus Chicago (10/10/10), and equaled his season-long punt of 57 yards, achieved versus Cincinnati (9/26/10). His gross average improved to 43.3 yards and his net average increased to 37.3 yards with 14 punts inside the 20, four touchbacks and long of 57 yards this season.
Kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd placed all four of his kickoffs in the end zone with no touchbacks. He has reached the end zone on 25-of-32 kickoffs with nine touchbacks this season.
Return Policy: Wide receiver Devin Thomas and cornerback Captain Munnerlyn shared kickoff return responsibilities with Mike Goodson starting at running back. Thomas, playing in his first game for Carolina since being claimed off waivers from Washington (10/11/10), averaged 21.0 yards on three returns with a long of 26 yards.
Munnerlyn returned one kick 64 yards in the third quarter to put the Panthers in position for a field goal. It marked the team's longest kickoff return since a 100-yard run back for a touchdown by Rod Smart versus Jacksonville (9/7/03). Munnerlyn also fielded three punts for 27 yards with a long return of 13 yards.
Inactives: The following eight players were inactive for the Panthers: quarterback Jimmy Clausen, wide receiver Armanti Edwards (third quarterback), safety Marcus Hudson, defensive tackle Ed Johnson, wide receiver Brandon LaFell, running back Jonathan Stewart, running back Tyrell Sutton, and guard Travelle Wharton.
Claw Marks: The Panthers gained three passing first downs to tie the team record for the third-fewest passing first downs in a game - previously achieved six times, most recently at Arizona (11/1/09). The mark for the fewest passing first downs in a game is one at Atlanta (12/14/06) followed by two at Buffalo (9/10/95).
Holiday Food Drive: Thank you to fans who contributed to the Panthers' Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Salvation Army's Emergency Food Bank. More than 7,500 pounds of food and $4,200 were collected that will be used to stock the shelves of the Salvation Army's Christmas Bureau.
Quoth The Raven: Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco passed for 301 yards to become the first opponent to throw for more than 300 yards against Carolina this season and the first opposing 300-yard passer since Josh Freeman with 321 yards for Tampa Bay (12/6/09).
Ravens wide receiver David Reed finished the game with a 45.0-yard kickoff-return average on three returns, the second-highest average by an opponent in team history behind the record of 47.3 yards by Sammie Stroughter for Tampa Bay (10/18/09). Danieal Manning achieved the third-highest mark with an average of 44.3 yards earlier this season for Chicago (10/10/10).
Baltimore scored two defensive touchdowns on a 23-yard interception return by Dawan Landry following a lateral from safety Ed Reed and a 24-yard interception return by linebacker Ray Lewis. It marked the third and fourth interception returns for touchdowns by a Panthers' opponent this season and the first time an opponent has registered two defensive returns for scores in a game since a 34-yard interception return by Boss Bailey and a 64-yard interception return by Kenoy Kennedy for Detroit (10/16/05).