Jacksonville Sports Day

RECAP: McCaffrey Has Big Day as Jaguars Fall to Carolina

Photo by Rick Wilson/Jaguars

CHARLOTTE – Carolina ran for 285 yards against the Jaguars, 14 yards shy of a franchise record, during Sunday’s 34-27 win over Jacksonville.

Jacksonville ookie QB Gardner Minshew II completed 26 of 44 passes for 374 yards and two TDs. Minshew completed passes to eight different receivers.

The Jaguars accumulated 507 total net yards of offense in today’s game, the fourth-most in a game in franchise history.

In the third quarter, Panthers’ running back Christian McCaffrey ran through a huge hole on the left side for an 84-yard touchdown – the longest touchdown run in franchise history.

In the final quarter, running back Reggie Bonnafon ran through a huge role on the right side for a 59-yard touchdown – the first touchdown of his career.

Bonnafon’s run sealed the game for Carolina.

The Panthers’ Kyle Allen became the first QB in the Super Bowl era to go 4-0 without an interception in his first four career starts.

Coming into the game, the Panthers defense led the league in pass defense, allowing an average of just 156.8 passing yards per game. Minshew shredded the secondary for a career-high 374 yards and two touchdowns.

Minshew’s favorite target Sunday was wide receiver DJ Chark Jr., who hauled in eight catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns.

Running back Leonard Fournette finished the day with 108 yards rushing, but 48 of those came on a single play. The Panthers held Fournette to 60 yards on 22 carries for an average of 2.7 yards.

He also caught four passes for 29 yards.

The Jaguars’ Josh Lambo converted a 35-yard field goal late in the second quarter and made a 38-yard FG attempt in the fourth quarter.

Carolina’s defense caused three fumbles and recovered all three.

GAME NOTES: Jacksonville defensive end Yannick Ngakoue posted 2.0 sacks…In the second quarter, Calais Campbell blocked a panthers field goal attempt….McCaffrey missed nine offensive snaps, his most of the season, as he was dealing with cramps in the fourth quarter…Luke Kuechly had a game-high 12 tackles and the game-sealing pass deflection on the last play. He now has over 1,000 career tackles, the only player in NFL history to do so in his first eight seasons.

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