Panthers Hold Off Lions 27-24: Notes For Thought

THE SERIES

  • Today’s game between the Panthers and Lions was the eighth all-time between the teams. The last time the teams met was in the 2014 regular season at Carolina.
  • With the victory, the Panthers improve to 6-2 all-time against the Lions, including a 2-1 mark at Detroit

 

SUCCESS ON THE ROAD

  • With the victory, Carolina is now 3-0 in road games on the season.
  • This marks Carolina’s fourth 3-0 start in franchise history (2017, 2015, 2007, 2003).
  • Carolina starts 4-1 on the season for the third time in franchise history (2003, 2015, 2017).

 

ED DICKSON HAS CAREER DAY

  • Tight end Ed Dickson set a career high with 175 receiving yards, marking the first 100-yard receiving game of his career.
  • Dickson’s 175 yards are the third-highest in a single game by any player in the NFL this season. It also ranks as the second-best receiving game by a tight end in Panthers history (Greg Olsen, 181, 2016).
  • Dickson becomes just the second tight end in NFL history to tally at least 175 receiving yards on five or fewer receptions (Dave Kocourek, 1961). It also ranks as the fourth-most receiving yards by an NFL tight end in a game since 2003.
  • Dickson’s yardage total included a career-long 64-yard reception on Carolina’s first scoring drive. Dickson later had a 57-yard reception, the third-longest reception his career.
  • The receiving yards total betters Dickson’s previous high of 79 yards at Seattle (11/13/11). Dickson’s previous career-long reception was 58 yards vs. Denver (10/10/10).
  • Dickson’s 175 yards against Detroit bettered his cumulative season totals from each of the past three seasons. (2014 – 115, 2015 – 121, 2016 – 134).
  • Dickson played in his 71st consecutive game when he opened as a starter at tight end against the Lions. The streak is tied for the third-longest consecutive games played streak among active tight ends.

 

NEWTON AMONG THE BEST THROUGH 7 SEASONS

  • Quarterback Cam Newton accounted for three total touchdowns (three passing). With the performance, Newton passed Brett Favre (192 – 182 pass TD, 10 rush TD) for the third-most total touchdowns in a quarterback’s first seven seasons. Newton has 194 total touchdowns (144 passing, 50 rushing) in his career.
  • Peyton Manning and Dan Marino are tied for the most total touchdowns in a quarterback’s first seven seasons with 225.
  • Newton produced a strong first half, completing 15-of-17 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns for a passer rating of 158.0. The 237 passing yards are the second-most in a first half in Newton’s career behind the 246 vs. Atlanta (12/13/15).
  • Newton now has two consecutive games with passer ratings over 130. He and Tom Brady are the only quarterbacks to achieve that so far this season. Newton’s rating of 141.8 against the Lions was the fourth-highest of his career.

 

NEWTON GOES FOR 300 IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES

  • Quarterback Cam Newton passed for 355 yards, marking his 16th 300-yard passing game of his career.
  • The game marked Newton’s second consecutive 300-yard passing game after throwing for 313 in Week Four at New England (10/1/17).
  • Newton has only had back-to-back 300-yard passing games once previously in his career – in the first two games of his rookie season when he threw for 422 at Arizona (9/11/11) and 432 vs. Green Bay (9/18/11).

 

McCAFFREY SCORES FIRST NFL TD

  • First-round draft choice running back Christian McCaffrey scored his first NFL touchdown in the second quarter on a 6-yard shovel pass reception.
  • McCaffrey finished the game with 31 yards receiving on five catches and seven yards rushing.

 

FUNCHESS SCORES IN HIS RETURN HOME

  • Wide receiver Devin Funchess hauled in a 10-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. It was Funchess’ third touchdown in the past two games.
  • Funchess finished with 53 yards, hauling in a team-high seven receptions on eight targets.
  • Funchess played attended Harrison High School in nearby Farmington Hills, Mich., helping lead the team to the Michigan Division II state title as a junior.

 

BENJAMIN FINDS THE END ZONE

  • Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin scored his first touchdown of 2017 with a 31-yard reception in the third quarter.
  • Benjamin finished with 58 yards on four catches, including a crucial reception on third down that iced the game at the end of the fourth quarter.

 

PANTHERS GET TO STAFFORD

  • Carolina sacked Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford six times with sacks coming from Mario Addison, Captain Munnerlyn, Julius Peppers, Kawann Short (two) and Shaq Thompson.
  • Julius Peppers leads the Panthers with 5.5 sacks this season, ranking fourth in the NFL. Carolina’s all-time leader in sacks with 86.5, Peppers is now just 1.5 sacks away from Chris Doleman for fourth all-time in NFL history.
  • Mario Addison has now tallied 11 sacks in his past 12 games.
  • Kawann Short has tallied 20 sacks since 2015, tied for second-most among defensive tackles in the NFL over that span.

 

PANTHERS BREAK TAKEAWAY DROUGHT

  • The Panthers forced two fumbles and recovered one against the Lions. It marked Carolina’s first takeaway since Week 1 against the 49ers. Carolina’s three-game takeaway drought tied for the longest in team history.