Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Statistical superlatives on the Panthers
By Pat Yasinskas
I only do statistical superlatives when a team wins, so the Carolina Panthers haven’t had many of these posts this season. But let’s give them their due right now.
With some help from ESPN Stats & Information, let’s take a by-the-numbers look at Carolina’s 30-22 victory against Philadelphia on Monday night.
- The Panthers scored 10 points in the fourth quarter while holding the Eagles scoreless. Prior to that Carolina had not held an opponent scoreless in the fourth quarter in any of its last 23 games. That tied an NFL record. In the 93-year history the only other team to never shut out an opponent in the fourth quarter over a 23-game span was the Cincinnati Bengals in 1997 and ’98.
- Carolina quarterback Cam Newton had two passing touchdowns in the first half and two rushing touchdowns in the second half. He became the first player since Jeff Garcia in 2000 to have two passing touchdowns in the first half and two rushing touchdowns in the second half, or vice versa.
- Newton had his third career game with four total touchdowns and no turnovers while also becoming the first quarterback to reach 20 rushing touchdowns in his first two seasons.
- Newton’s 89.3 Total QBR was his best score of the season and the second best of his career (his high was 92.5 in a win against Tampa Bay last December).
- Newton was outstanding on deep throws, an area in which he had struggled prior to this game. On throws of 15 yards or more, Newton completed all five of his passes and averaged 35.2 yards per attempt with two touchdowns.
- Both of Newton’s rushing touchdowns came in goal-to-go situations. Newton has six goal-to-go rushing touchdowns this season. Over the last two seasons, Newton has 15 touchdowns in those situations. That ties him with Arian Foster for second in the NFL in that span. Only Ray Rice (17) has more goal-to-go rushing touchdowns.