Stats and Superlatives: Panthers at Falcons

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TEAM STATS

The Panthers:

  • Totaled only 248 yards, their fewest since they gained 223 against the Saints in Week 11 of 2016. 
  • Were limited to 87 rushing yards, their fewest since they gained 80 against the Eagles in Week 6.
  • Allowed more than 300 passing yards for the second straight week. The Panthers gave up 300 passing yards only once (Atlanta, Week 9) in their first 14 games. 
  • Gave up four pass plays of 20-plus yards. In their final six games of the regular season, the Panthers allowed 25 pass plays of 20-plus yards, which are as many as they allowed in their first 10 games.
  • Did not force a takeaway for the first time since Week 7 in Chicago. Carolina went 2-4 when losing the turnover battle this season.
  • Recorded only one sack, their fewest since they had none against the Dolphins in Week 10. 
  • Held the Falcons to one touchdown on their five trips inside the red zone. In their final seven regular season games, the Panthers' defense led the NFL with a red zone percentage of 32.0 (8-of-25).
  • Did not allow a 100-yard rusher in any game this season. The Panthers' league-best 20-game streak of not allowing a 100-yard rusher is the longest in franchise history. 
  • Finished the season with a league-low 83 penalties.  

The Falcons:

  • Held the ball for 9:24 longer than the Panthers, which was Carolina's biggest time of possession deficit all season. 

PLAYER STATS

Panthers: 

  • QB Cam Newton finished with a career-low 31.5 passer rating. He started the game with nine straight incompletions, the longest stretch to begin a game in franchise history. But Newton did rush for a game-high 59 yards on 11 carries and set career highs for each (754 yards, 139 attempts) this season. 
  • RB Christian McCaffrey had a team-high 11 touches. He finished the season with 197 offensive touches, the most ever for a Panthers' rookie.
  • TE Greg Olsen connected with Newton on just one of their nine targets, their lowest efficiency in a game when Olsen's had at least nine targets since he caught three passes on nine chances against the Lions in 2011. 
  • DE Mario Addison had a half-sack in the fourth quarter, extending his sack streak to six games. He finished the season tied with Julius Peppers for the team lead in sacks at 11.0.
  • K Graham Gano finished the year with a league-best field goal percentage of 96.7, making 29 of his 30 attempts. That percentage also broke Carolina's single-season franchise record of 92.9, set by Joe Nedney in 2000.

Falcons:

  • QB Matt Ryan passed for 317 yards to bring his career total to 41,796. That gives him the most passing yards in the first 10 years of a player's career, ahead of second-place Peyton Manning (41,626). 
  • RB Devonta Freeman rushed for only 23 yards, his fewest in a game this season when he's had more than two rushing attempts. But Freeman added a career-high 85 receiving yards on a season-high nine receptions. 
  • K Matt Bryant hit five field goals, the most against Carolina this season.
     

View the top photos from Panthers at Falcons by team photographer Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez.

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