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5 things we learned from Panthers victory over Lions

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Carolina Panthers prepare for Sunday game in Detroit

Carolina came into the game as the least penalized team in the National Football League but looked just the opposite early, racking up seven penalties before Detroit had even one - seven penalties in 16 or so minutes of game time - to help the Lions claim a 10-3 lead. "I saw them throughout the game", he said.

Rodrigue did not make the trip to Detroit for the game. "And if you are a person who took offense to what I said, I sincerely apologize to you". Dickson had catch-and-runs of 64 and 57 yards in the first half, and might have scored on the first one if he hadn't lost a cleat.

That day came Sunday for Funchess, and the third-year wideout made the most of it - just as he has the last few weeks in what's looking like a breakout season for the player whom Cam Newton calls "Fun".

The quarterback produced stunning numbers - 26-for-33 passing, 355 yards and three touchdowns - to help his side win at Ford Field.

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On Sunday, before the Panthers' contest against the Detroit Lions, Newton made an appeal to women everywhere by wearing a Rosie the Riveter pin on his fedora (as one does). "We'll see where he is", Lions coach Jim Caldwell said.

The coaches' review might be short though because from there the Panthers committed just four relatively inconsequential penalties after an uber-aggressive approach cost Rivera's team.

The Panthers do have Julius Peppers back plaguing quarterbacks. He's off to a strong start, throwing seven touchdown passes and just one interception. They were generating turnovers (11), consistently rushing the passer and doing a pretty good job of tackling.

Asked if the pain he was dealing with was similar to what he played through against the Cleveland Browns as a rookie, when he stayed in to throw the game-winning touchdown pass to Brandon Pettigrew despite an injured left shoulder, Stafford said, "I don't know". "He looks like the Julius Peppers I've played against my entire career".

Here are some things we learned following Carolina's win over the Lions. And when the Georgia product followed it up with another touchdown two minutes later, trimming Detroit's deficit to three, the contest seemed practically over.

GROUND GAINS: Detroit is slowly improving its running game, going from among the NFL's worst to relatively average. Dickson turned in the longest (64 yards) and third-longest (57) catches of his career. An ankle injury sidelined Thorpe for the previous two games, but he was Johnny-on-the-spot when Los Angeles' Tavon Austin muffed a punt at the Rams 30-yard line.

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