EYES & EARS
When: Sunday, 1 pm Kickoff
Where: Ford Field (64,500)
Records: Carolina (3-1); Detroit (3-1)
TV: NFL on Fox
Radio: Westwood One National Radio
COACHING MATCH UP
Carolina: Ron Rivera 7th Season (56-43-1)
Detroit: Jim Caldwell 4th Season (56-44)
Make The Connection
Panthers offensive line coach Ray Brown played for Lions from
Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess played collegiately at
Michigan and is from Farmington, Mich.
Panthers tackle Taylor Moton played collegiately at Western
Michigan and is from Okemos, Mich.
Panthers quarterback Brad Kaaya was drafted by the Lions in
the sixth round (205th overall) of 2017 Draft.
Panthers safety Demetrious Cox played collegiately at Michigan
Lions head coach Jim Caldwell spent seven seasons as the
head coach at Wake Forest University from 1992-2000.
Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin spent 1993-95 as the
defensive backs coach at Wake Forest University.
Lions defensive backs coach Tony Oden spent three seasons
at East Carolina as the outside linebackers coach in 2000,
secondary coach in 2001, and safeties coach in 2002. Lions
defensive quality control coach Steven Williams was a graduate
assistant at South Carolina in 2011.
Lions assistant head coach/offensive line coach Ron Prince
was the offensive line coach at South Carolina State in 1994.
Lions offensive line – quality control coach Michael McCarthy
was the tight ends coach at North Carolina Central in 2014.
Lions assistant special teams coach Devin Fitzsimmons was
the quarterbacks coach at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. in
Lions coaching assistant Payton McCollum was a volunteer
assistant coach at Mount Tabor (N.C.) High School in 2013.
Lions tight end Eric Ebron played collegiately for North Carolina
is from Greensboro, N.C.
Most Recent Match Up
September 14, 2014 – Charlotte, N.C.
Carolina reeled off 18 unanswered points and shut down the Detroit Lions’ aerial attack for a 24-7 victory in their home opener Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. Quarterback Cam Newton, playing in his first game after missing Week One with a rib injury, was efficient completing 22-of-34 passes for 281 yards and one touchdown. He finished the game with a passer rating of 100.2. Carolina got on the score board first in the second quarter when kicker Graham Gano converted the first of three field goals from 29 yards out to give the Panthers a 3-0 lead. Detroit kicker Nate Freese missed a pair of 49-yard field goal attempts, while Gano converted a 53-yard field goal in the second quarter to extend the lead. The Lions were 0-for-10 on third down conversions in the first half and the Panthers were just 1-of-7. Carolina led 6-0 at halftime, but the score could have been different had Panthers cornerback Antoine Cason not forced and recovered a fumble by running back Joique Bell as the Lions neared the red zone in the first quarter. Following a Carolina three-and-out to start the second half, the Lions pounced. Quarterback Matthew Stafford engineered an 8-play, 63-yard scoring drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown pass to fullback Jed Collins. After the teams exchanged punts, Carolina produced an 8-play, 72-yard touchdown drive to regain the lead. Newton fired a 14-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Jason Avant, giving Carolina a 13-7 lead with 2:30 remaining in the third quarter. Later, the Lions dialed up a deep shot between the hashes to All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson, but the Panthers were ready and waiting. Johnson was bracketed by cornerback Antoine Cason and safety Thomas DeCoud, who batted the pass into the air for cornerback Melvin White to intercept. A 21-yard completion to Avant on third-and-12 kept the Panthers next drive alive and running back Jonathan Stewart reeled off a 22-yard run to give Carolina first-and-goal at the 5-yard line. After tight end Greg Olsen drew a defensive holding call in the end zone on third-and-goal, Stewart powered through defenders for a 2-yard touchdown. Newton easily connected with wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery for the two-point conversion, giving Carolina a 21-7 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Gano then added his third field goal of the game from 38 yards out to conclude the scoring.