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Stats and Superlatives: Panthers rebound on third down


  • The Panthers went 7-of-11 of third down and 1-of-1 on fourth down. This came one week after they went 3-of-12 on third down against the Chargers. The Cardinals came into the game as the league's best third-down defense.
  • After scoring just one touchdown in six red zone trips last week, Carolina went 4-of-5 in the red zone against Arizona. The Cardinals came into the game as the league's second-best red zone defense.
  • The Panthers totaled 30 first downs, tied for third-most in team history and their most since a win over Miami in November 2017.
  • The Panthers defense held Arizona to just 3-of-9 on third down, the best third-down percentage by Carolina's defense this season.
  • The Panthers rushed for 168 yards, their most since they racked up 285 against the Jaguars in Week 5 last year.
  • Of Arizona's 129 rushing yards, only 51 came from running backs. Quarterback Kyle Murray had six carries for 78 yards, with 48 of those coming on one run in the third quarter.
  • The Panthers had seven tackles for loss and now lead the NFL with 13 tackles for loss over the last two weeks.



  • Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater totaled three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing). It was his second career game with at least one rushing touchdown and two passing scores in a game. The other was when he was with the Vikings against Chicago in Week 15 of the 2015 season.
  • Bridgewater threw for 276 yards on 26-of-37 passing for a 98.5 pass rating, and also ran for 32 yards. His 18-yard touchdown scamper in the first quarter was his first rushing score since Dec. 20, 2015.
  • Running back Mike Davis totaled 111 scrimmage yards, including 84 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown. In the nine quarters since Christian McCaffrey was hurt, Davis has 130 rushing yards, 146 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
  • Wide receiver Robby Anderson fell one yard short of his third 100-yard receiving game this season, leading Panthers' receivers with eight receptions for 99 yards.
  • Wide receiver Curtis Samuel had three receptions for 51 yards, with two of them converting long third downs.
  • Tight end Chris Manhertz, whose previous single-season career high was two catches, had a pair of receptions to bring his total up to four this season.
  • Linebacker Jeremy Chinn led the Panthers with eight tackles as he continues to pace all NFL rookies in tackles with 34 on the season.
  • Defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos recorded his first career sack with a forced fumble, marking the second-straight week that Carolina has had a strip-sack.
  • Defensive end Brian Burns had a team-high three quarterback hits along with a tackle for loss. He's had five tackles, four QB hits, a tackle for loss and a strip-sack in his last two games.
  • Kicker Joey Slye, who made a 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, missed a 42-yarder later in the quarter. That snapped his string of consecutive makes at 16, dating back to Week 12 in New Orleans last year.


  • Murray completed 24 passes for just 133 passing yards, an average of 5.5 yards per completion. It marked the fewest total passing yards with at least 24 completions for a QB in NFL history.

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