Panthers send players home after 6 more positive COVID tests
That brings the total number of Carolina players on the COVID-19 reserve list to 13. Defensive end Brian Burns, linebacker Shaq Thompson, defensive end Marquis Haynes, defensive tackle Phil Hoskins, center Matt Paradis and defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon all tested positive on Monday. Panthers coach Matt Rhule said the decision to send players home was made “to stem the tide” and get things under control. Starting defensive tackle D.J. Reader missed last Sunday’s game after going on the COVID-19 list on Dec. 20, the same day that starting cornerback Chidobe Awuzie came off it.wftv.com
Saints rout Panthers 33-7 to earn No. 2 seed in NFC playoffs
The Saints (12-4) will host the seventh-seeded Chicago Bears in the wild-card round next Sunday at 4:40 p.m. EST. He also ran for five TDs, but the Panthers struggled to make winning plays late in games all season with Bridgewater at the helm. That leaves questions about his future as the Panthers starting QB, especially with the team having a top 10 draft pick in 2021. UP NEXTSaints: The four-time defending NFC South champions host the Bears next Sunday in the playoffs. Panthers: After failing to make the playoffs for the third straight season, Carolina will look to the NFL draft to upgrade a number of pressing needs.
Jacobs runs for 3 TDs as Raiders hold off Panthers 34-30
Jacobs’ 6-yard run around the right end with 4:14 left put the Raiders ahead for good after they’d surrendered a 12-point fourth quarter lead. McCaffrey racked up 134 yards from scrimmage and scored two touchdowns for Carolina. Carolina battled back with McCaffrey getting 11 touches for 64 yards on one drive and scoring on a 3-yard run. Bridgewater, who replaced Cam Newton as the starting QB, finished 22 of 34 for 270 yards and one touchdown in his Carolina debut. 1 cornerback Donte Jackson left with an ankle injury early in the first quarter and did not return.
McCaffrey scores 3 TDs, Panthers hold off Jaguars 34-27
Teammates Andrew Wingard #42, Najee Goode #52 and Tre Herndon #37 of the Jacksonville Jaguars try to stop Curtis Samuel #10 of the Carolina Panthers. McCaffrey set a franchise record with an 84-yard TD run and scored on a 5-yard run when he somersaulted into the end zone. Minshew finished 26 of 45 for 374 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for the Jaguars (2-3). It was the fourth time this season McCaffrey has recorded at least 175 yards from scrimmage. Smith received the biggest ovation and during his speech said he never thought he'd wear a Panthers jersey again.