Thursday night’s game against the Houston Texans was an easy win for the Carolina Panthers, who won the game 24-9, and who lead the NFC South by three wins to zero losses, one game above Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The first touchdown of the game went to the Panthers, as Sam Darnold rushed right into the Houston end zone and for five yards. The Texans returned in the second quarter after the Panthers lost running back Christian McCaffrey to a hamstring injury. Davis Mills passed short middle into the Carolina end zone, which, caught by Anthony Miller, and Miller sprinting the final yard, won a six-point touchdown with less than 30 seconds of the quarter left on the clock.
“Losing Christian is tough,” said Darnold after the game. “But I thought we did a great job of bouncing back. We were able to put the first half behind us and do a good job in the second half.”
In the third quarter, Tommy Tremble rushed left for seven yards, taking a touchdown and the Panthers moved up and away. The game kicked into a higher pace than in the fourth and final quarter, with field goals for both teams and a final touchdown from Darnold.