Here’s everything we know from the Carolina Panthers’ very first win of the 2023 season:
Final score: Panthers 15, Texans 13
Keys to the game
The Panthers offense hit its usual snags, as quarterback Bryce Young didn’t get much help from his pass catchers nor his offensive line. Nonetheless, the No. 1 overall pick remained poised and effective, completing 22 of his 35 throws for 235 yards and a score while leading a turnover-less performance.
Speaking of top picks, Young’s counterpart was silenced throughout the afternoon by a stout Carolina defense. No. 2 overall pick C.J. Stroud connected on just 16 of his 24 attempts for a season-low 140 yards.
It was over when . . .
It was over when it was over—thanks to a walk-off field goal from kicker Eddy Piñeiro. “Steady Eddy” redeemed himself from a missed extra point in the second quarter, booting through a 23-yard chip shot to give the Panthers their first victory as time expired.
That game-winner was set up by an impressive 15-yard, 86-yard drive from Young and the offense—which ate up just over six minutes of the clock.
Players of the game
LB Frankie Luvu: 12 tackles (two for loss), 1.0 sack
QB Bryce Young: 22-of-31, 235 yards, touchdown
WR Adam Thielen: eight receptions, 72 yards
The 1-6 Panthers will be hosting the 3-5 (and unfortunately, Anthony Richardson-less) Indianapolis Colts next Sunday.