Stats and Superlatives: Olsen moves up

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TEAM STATS

The Panthers:

  • Clinched the seventh 10-win season in franchise history.
  • Improved to 6-1 in games decided by seven points or fewer. Last season, they were 2-6 in such games. 
  • Scored a touchdown on their opening drive for the third straight week after failing to do so in their first 11 games.
  • Scored touchdowns on three of their four trips inside the red zone. Carolina has converted 13 of its past 17 red zone trips into touchdowns.  
  • Forced four takeaways, including a season-high three interceptions. Carolina has eight takeaways in its last three games, tied for the most in the NFL over that stretch.
  • Rushed for 151 yards, improving 8-3 when rushing for at least 100 yards. Over its last seven games, Carolina has averaged a league-high 174.1 rushing yards.
  • Improved to 9-0 when out-rushing the opposition.
  • Extended a streak of not allowing a 100-yard rusher to 18 games, breaking a franchise record set in 2001-02. 
  • Won for the first time this season when trailing at halftime.
  • Improved to 22-7 in December since 2011. 

The Packers:

  • Failed to score at least 29 points for the first time in seven games against the Panthers. 
  • Sacked QB Cam Newton just once after piling up 18 sacks over their past five games. 
  • Snapped a league-best 11 game streak with at least one takeaway. 
  • Fell to 22-6 in December since 2011.

PLAYER STATS

Panthers: 

  • QB Cam Newton passed Matt Ryan (28,866) for second-most total yards in a player's first seven seasons. Newton (28,943) now only trails Peyton Manning (30,062) for first on the list. Newton also hit 600 rushing yards for the fourth time in his career, joining Michael Vick as the only quarterbacks with four 600-yard seasons.  
  • RB Christian McCaffrey totaled a career-best 136 total yards from scrimmage. McCaffrey, who has 73 receptions and five receiving touchdowns, is the only rookie RB in NFL history with at least 70 receptions and five touchdown receptions. 
  • TE Greg Olsen moved into seventh place in all-time receiving yards by a tight end (7,519). Olsen also became the fifth different Panther with a 100-yard receiving game, the most in a single season. 
  • DEs Julius Peppers and Mario Addison combined for a sack. They each have 10 sacks each this season, becoming the fifth pair of teammates in franchise history with double-digit sacks. Peppers also joined Bruce Smith, Reggie White and Kevin Greene as the only players with at least 10 seasons of 10 or more sacks. 
  • LB Luke Kuechly recorded the 800th tackle of his career, becoming the first player since London Fletcher (2008-13) to record 800 tackles in a six-year span.

Packers:

  • QB Aaron Rodgers threw three interceptions for just the fourth time in his career and the first time since Nov. 8, 2009 against the Buccaneers. 
  • WR Davante Adams extended his streak of road games with a touchdown reception to eight. 
  • TE Richard Rodgers caught four passes for 77 yards, the second-most of his four-year career. 

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

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