Stats and Superlatives: Curtis Samuel records career highs in catches, yards

TEAM STATS

  • The Panthers put together a 15-play, 8:53-second scoring drive to open the game, marking their longest opening drive since Week 6 of 2014 when they tied Cincinnati.
  • Carolina was a perfect 4-of-4 in the red zone, with three different players scoring the four touchdowns. After starting the season with a 47.8 red zone percentage (28th), the Panthers have scored touchdowns on all seven red zone drives their last three games.
  • The Panthers did not have a turnover and only have nine giveaways through the first nine games of the season, tied for the fewest turnovers (2018) in a season's first nine games in franchise history.
  • The Panthers did not score in the third quarter and are now 27th in the league with 24 third-quarter points. However, after averaging just 5.5 points (30th) and 101.3 yards in the fourth quarter before Sunday, Carolina put up 14 points and 158 yards at Kansas City in the fourth quarter.
  • The Panthers had season-high 12 penalties for 82 yards, including seven on defense. That tied for the fourth-most defensive penalties in a game in the NFL this season.
  • Carolina went a combined 10-of-19 on third and fourth down, including 3-of-3 on fourth down. Prior to this week, Carolina was 5-of-10 on fourth down.
  • The Chiefs had 372 gross passing yards for an average of 12.4 per completion. The Panthers had entered the game leading the NFL with just 9.6 yards per catch allowed.
  • Kansas City punted just once, and the Panthers have now forced just two punts over their last three games.

PLAYER STATS

Panthers

  • Running back Christian McCaffrey returned from a six-game absence and and totaled 151 scrimmage yards with 69 rushing yards and 82 receiving yards on 10 catches. It marked his 10th career game with 10-plus receptions and his 15th game with 150-plus scrimmage yards, the most in the NFL since 2017.
  • McCaffrey has six touchdowns, the most by any Panthers' player, and tied for 16th in the league, despite playing just three games so far.
  • Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater finished 36-of-49 for 310 passing yards with two passing touchdowns and a 103.3 rating. He also ran for 19 yards and a touchdown. Bridgewater has now rushed for 180 yards this season, ranking ninth among NFL QBs and closing in on his career high (209, 2014).
  • Wide receiver Curtis Samuel had a career-high 105 receiving yards, catching all nine of his targets, including one touchdown. He has scored four touchdowns in the last three games, tied for fourth-most in the NFL over that stretch.
  • Wide receiver Robby Anderson had nine catches for 63 yards, tying his career high for most receptions in a game. Anderson's 60 receptions rank second in the NFL after the early games on Sunday.
  • Safety Sam Franklin tied for the team lead with seven tackles to go with a sack, tackle for loss and QB hit.
  • Defensive end Brian Burns had a tackle for loss and three QB hits, giving him a team-high 11 for the season.
  • Punter Joseph Charlton threw his first career pass for a 28-yard fake punt conversion.

Chiefs

  • Tight end Travis Kelce racked up 159 receiving yards on 10 catches, marking the second-most receiving yards that Carolina has given up to a tight end (Shannon Sharpe, 174, 1997) in franchise history.

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