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Stats and Superlatives: Panthers score defensive TD for second straight game



  • The Panthers defense scored a touchdown for the second-straight week, the first time since 2005 (Weeks 9-10) they've scored defensive touchdowns in back-to-back games. Carolina is the only team with two defensive scores this season.
  • Frankie Luvu's return for a touchdown was the Panthers' first pick-6 since October 2016, when Kurt Coleman did it against Atlanta's Matt Ryan.
  • The Panthers held the Cardinals to 2-of-5 on red zone attempts. Carolina's red zone defense has allowed TDs on just 37.5 percent (6-of-16) of trips, ranking fourth in the NFL.
  • The Panthers allowed just three points in the first half, and have allowed only nine first half points over the past three weeks, tying for second-fewest in the NFL.
  • Carolina went 2-of-10 on third down and 1-of-3 on fourth down, while Arizona was 6-of-15 on third down and 0-of-2 on fourth.
  • The Panthers had just 13 rush attempts for 40 yards. It was their fewest rushing attempts since 2014 (Week 3), when they had 10 attempts against the Steelers.
  • Arizona had eight passes defended as Carolina completed just 61.6 percent of passes.


  • Christian McCaffrey scored on a 13-yard pass in the second half and finished with 81 receiving yards on nine receptions and 27 rushing yards on eight attempts. McCaffrey has 408 scrimmage yards this season, tied for fifth in the NFL.
  • Luvu had a career-high 11 tackles and caught his first career interception and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown. In 20 games with the Panthers, Luvu has a pick-six, a forced fumble that was returned for a TD and a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown.
  • Brian Burns had seven tackles and a sack, giving him 28.5 sacks for his career. He passed Thomas Davis (28.0) to move into eighth place in franchise history. Burns also had three tackles for loss. He and Luvu are tied for fifth in the NFL with five tackles for loss in 2022.
  • Eddy Piñeiro kicked a career-long 54-yard field goal in the first half. Piñeiro is one of three NFL kickers that are 100 percent on field goals with a minimum of eight attempts.

View best in-game photos from Carolina's game against Arizona.

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