Quick Take: Panthers run past winless Lions

It was over when ...
Panthers FS Charles Godfrey intercepted a Daunte Culpepper pass at the Lions' 20-yard line with 4:50 left in the game. He returned it to the 4, and DeAngelo Williams ran it in for a touchdown on the next play to put Carolina ahead, 31-22.

Game ball
In addition to his big touchdown late in the game, Williams also scored on a 56-yard burst in the second quarter. He finished with 120 yards on just 14 attempts (8.6 yards per carry), and the two scores.

Key stat
The Panthers amassed a single-game team-record 264 rushing yards on 32 carries (8.3 YPC). In addition to Williams' 120 yards, rookie Jonathan Stewart had a game-high 130, while WR Steve Smith added 16 yards on the ground. In its 21-point second quarter, Carolina gained 149 yards on the ground after having just 6 in the opening quarter.

The Panthers are 8-2 for the first time since 2003 -- when they played the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII. ... Culpepper came up with his 34th career rushing touchdown, which is most among active quarterbacks. ... Detroit (0-10) is off to its worst start since losing its first 12 games in 2001.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.
Purchase single game tickets for the 2022 season