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Pete Carroll praises Christian McCaffrey, calls his breakup "the best play of the day"


CHARLOTTE -- This kind of production has become so routine for Christian McCaffrey.

McCaffrey recorded 175 scrimmage yards during Sunday's loss to Seattle, marking his eighth consecutive game with 100+ scrimmage yards and his 12th such game of the season overall, more than any other player in the NFL.

And on a day where he went over 2,000 scrimmage yards for the season -- becoming the first Panther to do so -- the head coach of the opposing team took a moment to heap praise on Carolina's star running back.

Here's how Pete Carroll responded when he was asked about any special preparations for a player of McCaffrey's caliber:

"Well, it was hard to tell, it didn't look like we did. He's such a fantastic player, I just marvel at his toughness, he's so consistently tough," Carroll said. "He's a great competitor and he battles every week. We hit the heck out of him today and kept bringing it and he kept fighting and getting up. And then I kept wondering, is he going to hang on the ground a little bit? He didn't. He's just a magnificent player."

Carroll then made mention of one specific play.

It was early in the fourth quarter when McCaffrey let a pass go off his hands -- something you hardly see. The ball bounced up perfectly for safety Ugo Amadi, who was about to have a pick-six. But McCaffrey turned into a defender in that moment, somehow getting a hand on the ball to force it out for an incompletion.

"The best play of the game was the one he knocks out of Ugo's hands. Amadi's got a touchdown play and somehow he figured out how to get the ball out of his hands," Carroll said. "He's an amazing player."

View some of the best photos of Christian McCaffrey on his record-breaking run to 2,000 yards in 2019.

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