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Stats and Superlatives: Little room to run in New Orleans

Carolina Panthers
26 Oct 2020, 20:44 GMT+10

Will Bryan

TEAM STATS

The Panthers rushed for just 37 yards on 14 attempts, their lowest rushing output since they totaled 28 yards in a Week 5 loss at Detroit in 2017. Carolina is now 3-16 all-time when rushing for 40 or fewer yards. Carolina was 2-of-2 in the red zone with all but one drive reaching New Orleans' territory. The Panthers' defense allowed the Saints to convert 12-of-14 third down tries. That 85.7 conversion rate allowed was the highest in franchise history. New Orleans became just the second opponent in franchise history to not punt once in a game against Carolina (Kansas City, 2000). After allowing 272 total yards and three touchdowns in the first half, the Panthers allowed just 143 yards and 6 points in the second half. Carolina won the turnover battle, 1-0, and only allowed one sack, but it was a costly one on their final drive. The Panthers were penalized just once, the sixth time in franchise history they've lost when committing one or fewer penalties. The Saints now lead the all-time regular season series, 26-25 and have outscored the Panthers, 1,142-1,121.

PLAYER STATS

Panthers

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed 82.1 percent (23-of-28) of his passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns. It marked the sixth-best completion percentage in franchise history. Wide receiver DJ Moore led the Panthers with 93 yards on four catches with two touchdowns, including a 74-yard score in the first half. Moore's eight receptions of 50-plus yards since 2018 lead the NFL, while his five touchdown catches of 50-plus yards rank second (Tyreek Hill, 6). Wide receiver Curtis Samuel had 48 yards on six receptions, including three on third down. Samuel leads the NFL with 12 receiving and rushing conversions on third down. Wide receiver Robby Anderson had six receptions for 74 yards. He's had at least four receptions in every game this season and leads the NFL with 640 receiving yards after the early Sunday games. Defensive end Brian Burns made his third strip-sack of the season, tying for third in the NFL in forced fumbles as all of his sacks have forced fumbles. Burns ties Julius Peppers for the most forced fumbles through the first seven games of a season in franchise history. Linebacker Shaq Thompson made a team-high 13 tackles and ranks fifth in the NFL with 60 tackles this season.

Saints

Quarterback Drew Brees has now thrown for 4,236 yards (302.6 per game) with 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 14 career home starts against the Panthers. Running back Alvin Kamara produced 148 scrimmage yards on 14 rushes and eight receptions. It marked the fifth time in seven games that an opposing running back had at least 115 scrimmage yards against Carolina.

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