CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Carolina Panthers were able to get to .500 after Sunday's 23-10 win against NFC South rival New Orleans at Bank of America Stadium.
Jonathan Stewart, who has carried the majority of the workload on the ground this month, rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown, including a 67-yard scamper on the second play of the game to put the 'Cats up 7-0.
Though the Panthers are not bound for the post-season, they have much to be happy about considering they were 5-8 three weeks ago, before closing out with wins over Minnesota, New York (NFC) and New Orleans.
Matt Moore may have won more than the hearts of Carolina fans; he may have earned the starting role at quarterback for next season after helping the Black and Blue finish on a 3-game win streak.
Moore, an Oregon State product, completed 14/23 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown. Even better, Moore did not throw an interception or fumble once. He only had one pick in his five starts, with the lone turnover coming in week 13's win over Tampa Bay.
In the final four weeks, Carolina turned the ball over ZERO times. The result, a 3-1 record.
Stewart and Deangelo Williams became the first teammates in NFL history to each rush for over 1,100 yards in the same season. Stewart finished with 1,135 yards on 221 rushes (5.1 YPC), while Williams tallied 1,117, despite missing three games and being limited to 217 carries (5.2 YPC).
Drew Brees and the majority of New Orleans starters did not play to stay healthy for the divisional playoffs in two weeks.
New Orleans will be the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs, though losing its final three games of the season.