Carolina improved its record to 5-5 this season following today’s win. The Panthers are now 14-5 all-time against the Cardinals (6-2 in games played at Arizona). The 24-point win marked the largest margin of victory since Week 10 of 2017 (11/13/2017 vs Miami, also a 24-point margin).
Defense Holds Cardinals to Season Lows:
- Entering today’s game, Arizona ranked 4th in the NFL in yards per game (398.4) and 2nd in points per game (30.8). The Panthers held the Cardinals to season lows in the follow categories:
* Total net yards – 169
* Rushing yards – 65
* Passing yards (net) – 104
* First downs – 11
* Points scored – 10
* Time of possession – 22:18
- Carolina racked up two takeaways at Arizona – one fumble recovery and one interception. The Panthers are 5-0 in games this season when the turnover ratio is even or positive (0-5 in games when losing the turnover battle).
- Through 10 games played, Carolina’s defense has not allowed a touchdown on the first drive of any game (seven punts, two field goals and one takeaway).
- In his first game this season with Carolina, QB Cam Newton accounted for two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) on his first two touches of the game.
- Newton’s rushing score marked his 59th touchdown for the Panthers (not including passing TDs), passing RB Jonathan Stewart (58) for the 2nd most in franchise history, only trailing WR Steve Smith (75).
- Newton has 71 career rushing touchdowns and 43 career games with both a passing and rushing touchdown, both the most by a quarterback in NFL history.
Donte Adds Another Interception at Arizona:
- CB Donte Jackson picked off Cardinals QB Colt McCoy in the first quarter, marking his second interception of the season.
- In his two career games played at Arizona, Jackson has totaled three interceptions (two INTs at Arizona 9/22/18).
Haason’s Revenge Game:
- OLB Haason Reddick tallied Carolina’s first takeaway of the game after recording a strip sack on the third play from scrimmage in the game. DE Morgan Fox recovered the loose ball and set up Carolina’s offense for its first touchdown of the game on the ensuing drive.
- Reddick added a split-sack (with Fox) in the third quarter, bringing his season total to 9.5 sacks, tied for the 4th most in the NFL (most in the NFC).
* Reddick finished the game with 4 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 3 QB hits and one forced fumble.
* He is tied for 4th in the NFL with 11 tackles for loss this season.
* Since the start of 2020, Reddick leads the league with seven strip sacks.
Zane Continues His Streak:
- K Zane Gonzalez was 100% on field goal (4-4) and extra point attempts (2-2).
- Gonzalez has now made 16-consecutive field goals. He has not missed a field goal attempt since Week 4 at Dallas (10/3/21).
- Gonzalez has made 19-of-21 field goal attempts (90.5%) this season. His 19 field goals made are tied for 2nd most in the NFL.
- Gonzalez leads the NFL with 12 made field goals of 40+ yards (nine from 40-49, three from 50+).
McCaffrey Over 100 (AGAIN):
- RB Christian McCaffrey posted his 31st career game with 100+ yards from scrimmage.
- McCaffrey led the team in rushing yards (95), receiving yards (66) and receptions (10).
- In his five games played this season, McCaffrey is averaging 126.2 scrimmage yards per game, 2nd most in the NFL (Titans RB Derrick Henry, 136.4).
- McCaffrey now has 11 career games with at least 10 receptions, the most by a running back in NFL history and surpassed Julio Jones (10 games) for the third-most such games by a player in his first five career seasons in league annals. Only Michael Thomas (18 games) and Brandon Marshall (12) have more.
- Carolina went into halftime with a 23-0 lead, its largest lead at halftime since 12/30/18 at New Orleans (also 23-0).
- The Panthers scored 17 points in the first quarter, tied for the team’s most this season (Week 2 vs. New Orleans, 9/19/21).