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Stats and Superlatives: Curtis Samuel has career day

  • Carolina forced four turnovers in the first half, tied for the most first-half takeaways in franchise history. The most recent occurrence was the 2003 finale against the Giants.
  • The Panthers recovered two fumbles and now have a league-high 15 fumble recoveries this season. Carolina's 22 total takeaways rank fifth in the NFL.
  • Carolina returned a muffed punt for a touchdown, their third fumble recovery touchdown this season. That ties with the 1996 team for the most fumble recovery TDs in one season in franchise history.
  • The Panthers shut out Washington in the first quarter, the fourth time they've done that this season (going 4-0 in those games). From the last two quarters at Green Bay through the first two quarters at Washington, the Panthers' defense allowed just six points, forced seven punts, created three takeaways and allowed only 178 net yards.
  • Carolina went 2-of-3 in the red zone against a Washington team that entered the game with the league's second-best (51.4) defensive red zone percentage.
  • The Panthers committed just three penalties in the game, tied for their second-fewest this season.
  • The Panthers played in their 11th game this season decided by eight points or fewer. They're now 3-8 in such games and are one shy of the franchise record (12) set in 2003.

PLAYER STATS

Panthers

  • Wide receiver Curtis Samuel totaled a career-high 158 scrimmage yards as he had career bests in receiving yards (106) and rushing yards (52). It marked the fourth-most rushing yards by an NFL wide receiver in a game this season, and Samuel's 45-yard rush in the first half was Carolina's longest this season.
  • Running back Mike Davis tallied 28 rushing yards to surpass 1,000 scrimmage yards for the season (1,015). He joins Robbie Anderson (1,071) and DJ Moore (1,114) as just the second trio of Panthers with 1,000 scrimmage yards in a season (DeAngelo Williams/Jonathan Stewart/Steve Smith, 2009). The Chiefs are the only other NFL team with three players over 1,000 scrimmage yards this season.
  • Moore had 37 receiving yards to bring his career total to 3,055. He now ranks ninth in NFL history (Super Bowl era) for most receiving yards at age 23 or younger.
  • Linebacker Shaq Thompson made a game-high nine tackles to bring him to 104 on the season. It marks his second-straight year with at least 100 tackles, becoming the fifth Panther with consecutive 100-tackle seasons as far back as press box stats are available (2000).
  • Defensive end Brian Burns recorded his team-best ninth sack of the season. He is tied with Tampa Bay's Devin White for most sacks by players aged 22 or younger this season. Burns' 16.5 career sacks before his 23rd birthday are tied for fifth in the NFL over the last 10 seasons.
  • Wide receiver Brandon Zylstra scored his first career touchdown on a muffed punt by Washington. It marked Carolina's first score on special teams since 2018 when Colin Jones did the same on a muffed punt by the Giants in Week 4.
  • Linebacker Tahir Whitehead and safety Tre Boston made their first interceptions of the season, while linebacker Jermaine Carter picked up his first career fumble recovery.

Washington

  • Quarterback Dwayne Haskins completed just 14-of-28 passes for 154 yards and a 36.9 passer rating while committing three turnovers. For Carolina, that was the lowest passer rating by an opposing quarterback with at least 25 attempts since Tampa Bay's Josh Freeman (36.5) in Week 13 of the 2009 season.

View game action photos of Carolina's Week 16 game at Washington.

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