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Stats and Superlatives: DJ Moore ends season in elite company

Carolina Panthers
10 Jan 2022, 20:44 GMT+10

Will Bryan


The Panthers held the Buccaneers to a three-and-out on their opening drive, completing a season-long streak of not allowing a touchdown on an opponents' first possession. The last time a team did that for an entire season was the 2016 Steelers. Carolina finished the season with a plus-52 scoring margin in the first quarter, its highest since stats were made available in 2000. Tampa Bay threw for 324 net yards, the second-most allowed by Carolina this season. The Panthers ended the season allowing just 192.1 pass yards per game, their fewest since 2009. The Panthers went for it on fourth down six times Sunday, but converted just twice. They attempted the second-most fourth downs in the NFL over the last four games (13) but converted only three. Carolina lost the turnover battle 2-0 and ended the season with a minus-13 turnover margin (t-29th).


Wide receiver DJ Moore had seven receptions for 87 yards, while adding a 13-yard rush for a 100-yard game. He finished the season with 1,157 receiving yards, his third-straight year with more than 1,100 yards. He joins Buffalo's Stefon Diggs as the only wideouts with at least 1,100 receiving yards in each of the last three seasons. Running back Chuba Hubbard had 48 yards rushing and a six-yard touchdown reception. His six total touchdowns were the third-most by a rookie running back in franchise history. Running back Ameer Abdullah set a career-high with nine receptions for 56 yards. Christian McCaffrey is the only Panthers running back to record more catches in a game. Linebacker Shaq Thompson had six tackles to finish with 104 on the season. He joins Jon Beason, Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly as the only Panthers with three consecutive 100-tackle seasons. Cornerback Myles Hartsfield posted a career-best 12 tackles, including a sack and a tackle for loss.

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