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Superlatives on the Panthers

We haven’t had a chance to do one of these posts in quite some time because I only do them when a team wins. But Carolina defeated Washington 21-13 on Sunday, so, with the help of ESPN Stats & Information, let’s run through some statistical superlatives on the Panthers.

  • The win snapped Carolina’s five-game losing streak, which had been the longest active streak in the NFL entering the week.

  • Quarterback Cam Newton had 201 passing yards, a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown. Since the start of the 2011 season, that’s a league-high 11 games in which Newton has had both a rushing and a passing touchdown.

  • The win was Carolina’s first against the Redskins on the road. The Panthers are now 1-5 when they play at Washington.

  • The Carolina defense held Robert Griffin III to 215 passing yards and 53 rushing yards without a passing or rushing touchdown. That’s only the second game of Griffin’s career in which he did not account for a touchdown.

  • The Carolina defense was very good on third downs. The Redskins converted only 3 of 15 third downs into first downs.

  • We’ll see if history holds true on this one, but the Panthers might end up playing a role in the upcoming election. When the Redskins have lost their final home game prior to the election, the incumbent party has lost the White House in eight of the nine previous elections.