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Panthers vs Lions: Panthers extend lead over Lions to 17-0 at the end of the third quarter

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Third quarter: Panthers 17 Lions 0

The Panthers started the second half on defense after taking the opening kickoff in the first half. The defense did their jobs by forcing the Lions to go three-and-out to start the half after only giving up five yards.

The Panthers took over on offense and drove down the field with relative ease and ended the drive when Walker found Curtis Samuel wide open in the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown to extend the lead to two scores. The extra point was good and the Panthers took a 14-0 lead with 10:58 left in the quarter.

The defense forced another punt on Detroit’s next possession after getting bailed out on an illegal formation penalty that wiped out a Marvin Jones touchdown and the offense took back over with 7:32 left in the quarter.

The Panthers weren’t able to find the end zone on their next drive but they did manage to extend their lead when Joey Slye nailed a 56-yard field goal to make it a 17-0 game with 1:59 left in the quarter.

The Lions took over on offense but were unable to do anything before the quarter ended.

Second quarter: Panthers 7 Lions 0

The Panthers were unable to take advantage of the turnover after Walker threw an interception in the end zone on third-and-goal. The defense did their job and forced the Lions to punt thanks to Brian Burns, who just missed what would have been a pick six when he sniffed out a swing pass on third-and-5 to prevent the Walker interception from being too damaging for Carolina.

The Panthers avoided disaster on their first play after the punt when Dennis Daley jumped on a Rodney Smith fumble. The Panthers were unable to pick up a first down and had to punt the ball back to the Lions after three failed plays in a row.

The defense did their job again and forced another Lions punt after a TJ Hockenson drop on third down and took over on their own 10-yard line after another good punt from Jack Fox. Unfortunately, the offense couldn’t get anything going after picking up one first down and had to punt the ball back to Detroit.

The defense once again came through and forced another punt, and the offense had the ball back with two timeouts and two minutes left in the half to try and extend their lead. The drive was cut short when Michael Schofield committed an illegal hands to the face penalty that negated a first down run by Walker and instead set up second-and-20 with less than a minute to go in the half. The Panthers were unable to pick up a first down and had to punt the ball back to the Lions. Fortunately for the Panthers there were only five seconds left in the half when the Lions took over. A Matthew Stafford kneel down ended the half with the Panthers up by a touchdown.

First quarter: Panthers 7 Lions 0

The Panthers started the game on offense with P.J. Walker under center. The Panthers were able to move the ball a bit but couldn’t put points on the scoreboard after having to punt from midfield.

The defense did a good job of getting off the field after forcing the Lions to punt, but the special teams unit committed a holding penalty on the punt return and had to start deep in their own territory for their second drive.

The Panthers drove down the field on their second drive and were set up well when P.J. Walker found DJ Moore for a 52-yard strike. Mike Davis punched it in from the 1-yard line on third-and-goal to give the Panthers the lead. The extra point from Joey Slye was good and the Panthers took a 7-0 lead with 2:21 left in the quarter.

On the Lions next possession, the Panthers defense took advantage of a bad snap to Matthew Stafford and recovered the fumble on third down to give them a short field to work with. Two plays later and the Panthers were set up with first-and-goal as the quarter came to a close with the Panthers in front 7-0.

Game day inactives

The Panthers and Lions have revealed their inactives lists for today’s game. We already knew that running back Christian McCaffrey wouldn’t play since he was officially ruled out in Friday’s injury report.

The big news is that starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will be inactive for the Panthers today. P.J. Walker is expected to start in his absence, but we could also see Will Grier in action at some point today.

Russell Okung, John Miller and Donte Jackson are also inactive, which is probably not good for Carolina’s chances of winning this game.

On the other hand, the Panthers are catching a bit of a break today as Kenny Golladay, Danny Amendola and D’Andre Swift are all inactive for the Lions. Hopefully that tips the scales in the Panthers’ favor this afternoon.

The full inactives lists for both teams are below.

Panthers inactives

Lions inactives

The Panthers face the Lions in Week 11 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. on Sunday, November 22 at 1 p.m. ET.

Game day information

What: Carolina Panthers vs Detroit Lions

When: Sunday, November 22 at 1 p.m. ET

Where: Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, N.C.)

TV: FOX; Kevin Kugler, Chris Spielman (coverage map)

Streaming: FuboTV, FOX Sports Live, Yahoo! Sports, Panthers mobile app

Radio: Panthers radio (local); Mick Mixon

Spanish Radio: Panthers radio (local); Jaime Moreno, Antonio Ramos

Weather: 65° / Mostly Cloudy / 4 mph ENE wind / 10% rain (complete forecast)

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