Here's what we learned in Sunday's game:
- The Panthers have to be encouraged by the play of DeAngelo Williams, who has looked better the past two weeks than he has since September. On his 72-yard screen-pass touchdown, Williams blew past linebacker David Harris, who had the angle on him. Williams' 168 yards from scrimmage were 51 more than any game this season.
- Brandon LaFell also had his best game in a couple of months, showing big-play ability, making difficult catches in traffic and springing Williams for the long touchdown with a great block. Since Steve Smith no longer makes plays down the field, the Panthers need LaFell, Williams and Ted Ginn to take the top off defenses.
- Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn had the game of his life. In addition to setting the franchise record with his fifth career pick-six, Munnerlyn recorded a career-high two sacks and his pressure led to another sack for Luke Kuechly. He's been the best player in a secondary that has exceeded expectations for the majority of the season.