Stats and Superlatives: Newton, Dickson help topple Lions

TEAM STATS

The Panthers

  • Have now won six of their last seven meetings with the Lions and lead the overall series, 6-2.  
  • Have started a season with a 3-0 road record for the fourth time in franchise history (2003, 2007, 2015).  
  • Didn't turn the ball over against a team that was tied atop the league with 11 takeaways.  
  • Recovered a fumble to snap a three-game streak without a takeaway, tied for the longest drought in team history (2006).  
  • Have defended 152 passes without picking off a pass.  
  • Had just 28 rushing yards, their seventh-fewest in a game and their fewest in a win since they gained only 11 against the Chargers on Dec. 17, 2000.  
  • Committed 11 penalties, tied for their ninth-most in a game and their most since they had 11 in an overtime loss to the Bucs on Nov. 18, 2012. The Panthers came into Sunday with a league-low 13 penalties.  
  • Scored two touchdowns on three trips inside the red zone and have now scored touchdowns on six of their past 10 trips inside the 20 after starting the season 1-of-6. 

PLAYER STATS

Panthers

  • QB Cam Newton, whose 43.7 passer rating against the Saints in Week 3 was the third-worst of his career, posted a fourth-best rating of 141.8. That follows his 130.8 rating at New England. Newton and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady are the only quarterbacks with consecutive games of 130-plus ratings this season. Newton accounted for three touchdowns, bringing his career total to 194, which puts him ahead of Brett Favre for the third-most scored in a quarterback's first seven seasons. Peyton Manning and Dan Marino lead that list with 225. After passing for 313 yards at New England, Newton's 355 passing yards in Detroit give him his first consecutive games of 300-plus yards since he racked up 422 at Arizona and 432 against Green Bay in the first two games of his career back in 2011.  
  • WR Devin Funchess, who had a team-high seven catches for 53 yards and a touchdown, has already surpassed his reception total from last season. Funchess has 24 catches for 269 yards and three touchdowns a year after he caught 23 passes for 371 yards and four scores.  
  • TE Ed Dickson set a career high with 175 receiving yards, the third-highest total by any player in the NFL this season. It was the second-highest yardage for a tight end in team history, just six short of Greg Olsen's 181-yard performance against the Bucs on Oct. 10, 2016. Dickson's 64- and 57-yard receptions were the first- and third-longest of his career and the first time any Panther player had multiple catches of 50-plus yards in a single game. Dickson's 175 yards bettered his cumulative season totals from each of his first three seasons in Carolina (2014 – 115, 2015 – 121, 2016 – 134). He's the first Panthers TE not named Greg Olsen with a game of 100-plus yards since Wesley Walls went for 102 against the Seahawks on Oct. 8, 2000.  
  • DE Julius Peppers had a sack to up his season total to 5.5. He's now 2.0 away from passing Chris Doleman for fourth all-time. Peppers now has 15 sacks in 19 career meetings with the Lions.  
  • DE Mario Addison had a sack for the 11th time in his past 12 games.  
  • DT Kawann Short had 2.0 sacks. He has the second-most among DTs (20.0) since 2015. 
  • LB Shaq Thompson notched a sack to up his season total to 2.0. He had 1.0 sack in his first two seasons.  
  • CB Captain Munnerlyn picked up a sack for the first time since he had one for the Vikings against the Packers on Nov. 22, 2015. 

View the top photos from Panthers vs. Lions by team photographer Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez.

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