Skip to main content
Carolina Panthers

Stats and Superlatives: Newton not enough



The Panthers

  • Fell to 24-22 all-time against the Saints, who swept Carolina for the first time since 2011. 
  • Scored a touchdown on the opening drive for the first time this season.
  • Went 3-of-10 third down. Carolina is 6-of-24 (25.0 percent) on third down in its last two games after entering Week 12 with the league's best third-down rate.
  • Earned the same number of first downs by rushing (four) as they did by opponent penalties.
  • Allowed more than 300 yards of total offense for the fourth straight game after allowing opponents to hit 300 just three times in their first eight games.
  • Allowed three rushing touchdowns after allowing only four in their first 11 games. It was the first time since last December's loss in Seattle that Carolina gave up multiple rushing touchdowns.
  • Recorded a takeaway for the fifth straight game. The Panthers have seven takeaways in their past five games after starting the season with just four in their first seven.
  • Fell to 0-4 when trailing at halftime.

The Saints

  • Clinched their first winning season since 2013.
  • Totaled 400 net yards, the most allowed by the Panthers this season.
  • Held a near seven-minute edge in time of possession (33:21-26:39), the largest deficit for the Panthers this season.



  • QB Cam Newton rushed for 51 yards on six carries, leading the Panthers in rushing for the fifth time this season. Newton leads all NFL quarterbacks with 515 rushing yards, marking the sixth season he's picked up at least 500 yards on the ground and tying him with Michael Vick and Randall Cunningham for the most 500-yard rushing seasons. Newton's 107.5 passer rating was his fourth best of the season and his fifth best ever in a loss. 
  • RB Christian McCaffrey scored his fourth receiving touchdown of the season and sixth total touchdown. McCaffrey's four receiving touchdown are a franchise single-season record for receiving scores by a running back. McCaffrey now has single-season records for receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns by a Panthers running back.
  • LB Luke Kuechly recorded his second fumble recovery in as many games. His five total takeaways (three interceptions, two fumble recoveries), ties him for second-most in the league. 
  • DE Mario Addison picked up a sack to up his total to 16.5 over his past 19 games. 


  • QB Drew Brees went 25-of-34 and passed Peyton Manning for the second-most completions (6,127) in NFL history.
  • RB Alvin Kamara had 126 scrimmage yards (66 receiving, 60 rushing) to become just the third rookie in NFL history with at least 600 rushing yards and 600 receiving yards in a season.
  • RB Mark Ingram had a 72-yard run, the longest allowed by the Panthers this season and the second-longest of his career. 

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

Related Content