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Stats and Superlatives: Defense comes up big

  • The Panthers pitched their first shutout since a 38-0 win over Atlanta in Week 14 of the 2015 season.
  • Carolina outgained Detroit, 374-185, while also doubling up the Lions in first downs, 20-10.
  • The Panthers' defense forced a season-high six punts and held the Lions to 3-of-14 on third down for a season-best 21-percent conversion rate. Carolina entered the game with a league-worst 55.3 percent third-down defense and had forced just two punts in its last four games.
  • The Lions never advanced past the Panthers' 33-yard line and that drive ended with a missed field goal. It marked the first time since Week 2 of 2017 (Buffalo) that Carolina did not allow a play in its red zone.
  • The Panthers racked up a season-high five sacks and had 11 quarterback hits. It marked the most QB hits for Carolina since Week 9 of 2018 against Tampa Bay.
  • Carolina's defense held Detroit to 40 net rushing yards, marking the second time this season (Week 9, Kansas City, 36) that the Panthers have held a team under to 40 or fewer rushing yards.
  • The Panthers outscored the Lions, 10-0, in the third quarter. Carolina had averaged just 2.4 points in the third quarter through its first 10 games.
  • Carolina lost the turnover battle, 2-1, thanks to two red-zone interceptions. It marked just the second time in franchise history (2006) that Carolina shut out a team while losing the turnover battle.



  • Quarterback PJ Walker went 24-of-34 with 258 passing yards and a passing touchdown and two interceptions in his first career start.
  • Wide receiver DJ Moore posted his seventh career 100-yard receiving game with seven catches for 127 yards and another 21 rushing yards. It marked his second-most receiving yards behind his 157-yard output at Detroit in 2018.
  • Moore hauled in a 52-yard catch in the first half, his ninth 50-yard catch, the most in the NFL since 2018.
  • Wide receiver Curtis Samuel had a game-high eight receptions for 70 receiving yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 4 yards, passing Steve Smith (387) for the most rushing yards by a wide receiver in franchise history.
  • Running back Mike Davis rushed for 64 yards and a touchdown while adding 15 receiving yards. Davis is averaging 80.2 scrimmage yards in his eight starts this season.
  • Defensive end Brian Burns had 2.0 sacks on five tackles with four QB hits and a pass deflection.
  • Defensive end Efe Obada had 1.5 sacks, bringing his season total to a career-best 3.5 sacks. All of those sacks have come in the past four games. Obada had just 2.0 sacks in his first career 33 games.
  • Defensive end Marquis Haynes Sr. had a fumble recovery, his second of the season.
  • Safety Tre Boston tied his season-high with eight tackles, while Juston Burris had six tackles and a tackle for loss.


  • Quarterback Matthew Stafford had just 178 passing yards, his fewest since Week 16 of 2018. Sunday marked the first time the Lions were shut out in a game that Stafford started.

View game action photos of the Week 11 contest between Carolina and Detroit at Bank of America Stadium.

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