Panthers become first team since 1970 with two 1,100-yard rushers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jonathan Stewart joined fellow Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams as the first set of teammates since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to each rush for more than 1,100 yards in the same season.

Stewart rushed for 125 yards on 16 carries in Sunday's season finale against the New Orleans Saints before leaving in the third quarter after aggravating his chronic left Achilles' tendon injury. He gained the bulk of the yards on a 67-yard touchdown run on the second play from scrimmage.

Stewart rushed for 1,133 yards on the season, surpassing Williams' 1,117. Williams, who was selected to his first Pro Bowl last week, missed his second consecutive game Sunday because of a sprained left ankle.

Stewart and Williams are the sixth pair of teammates since 1970 to go over 1,000 yards and the second in the last two years. Derrick Ward and Brandon Jacobs of the New York Giants did it last season.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

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