Denver’s defense held Carolina without a third-down conversion as the Panthers finished 0-12 on the day. Over the past three games, opponents have converted just 6-of-38 third downs (.158 pct.) against the Broncos. Sunday was the fourth time in franchise history that the opponent has failed to convert a third down.
Wide receiver Trindon Holliday is the only undefeated player (min. 9 games) in the NFL this season. He spent the first five weeks of the year with Houston, before coming to Denver before the team’s Week 6 game at San Diego.
Safety Mike Adams sacked Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in the end zone on Sunday to mark the Broncos’ second safety of the season. Denver is the only team in the league to record multiple safeties this year.
Tony Carter’s 40-yard interception return for a touchdown was his second defensive score of the season (65-yard FR TD at S.D.) and his second interception of the season. He is the only player in the NFL to return both an interception and fumble recovery for a touchdown this season.
Holliday’s 76-yard punt return made him one of just three Broncos to score on a punt return and kick return in the same season. He is one of six players in Broncos annals to record multiple special-teams touchdowns in the same season and just the second to do so in back-to-back games.
Defensive end Elvis Dumervil strip-sacked Newton on the final play of the first quarter for his fifth forced fumble of the season, which is tied for second in the NFL this season. His five forced fumbles on the season are the most since defensive end Simon Fletcher finished with five in 1992.
The Broncos defense sacked Newton seven times on Sunday, marking the most in a single-game by the team since Oct. 12, 2003 against Pittsburgh.
Linebacker Von Miller registered his 10th sack of the season in the first quarter at Carolina to become just the 11th player to reach double digit sack totals in his first two NFL seasons.
Miller finished with four tackles for a loss against Carolina, bringing his season total to an NFL-best 21.
Quarterback Peyton Manning completed 27-of-38 passes (.711 pct.) for 301 yards with one touchdown (103.1 rtg.) to mark his seventh game with at least a 70-percent completion percentage, which is a Broncos single-season record.
Kicker Matt Prater extended his NFL accuracy record from beyond 50 yards with his 53-yard field goal in the second quarter at Carolina. He is now 15-of-19 (.789 pct.) for his career from 50-yards or farther.
With the victory over the Panthers, Head Coach John Fox tied Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin for the third-most wins among active NFL head coaches.
Manning won his 147th career game, tying him with Dan Marino for third all-time. His career record is now 147-70 (.677 pct.).
Manning’s 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Stokley in the first quarter was the 420th career touchdown for the 15th-year quarterback. That also ties him with Marino, this time for second place in NFL history.
Running back Willis McGahee became just the 44th player in NFL history to amass 8,000 career rushing yards. He finished with 14 carries for 56 yards (4.0 avg.) and now has 8,042 rushing yards for his career.