4 key takeaways from the Panthers win vs. Lions in Week 11

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A third-quarter transformation

One of the key components behind the Carolina Panthers failing against some top teams this season has been their inability to come out in the second half with the same energy as they played the first. This was especially evident during their capitulation against the Buccaneers and it was clear head coach Matt Rhule was far from happy about this ongoing concern for his roster.

This all changed in Week 11.

The Panthers were in no mood to suffer the same sort of struggles in this crucial area of the game and raised their performance accordingly. They started the quarter with their second touchdown of the contest when P.J. Walker found Curtis Samuel and their defense stepped up to the plate to continue their strong start to the game.

This came with a season-high in points scored in the third quarter and, simply put, they looked a completely different team.

All credit must go to Rhule and his coaching staff for coming up with the necessary adjustments in the week leading up to the game and at the half, which is more proof that even the staff are learning as they go during this period of transition.

Carolina held the Lions scoreless throughout the quarter. But they did get lucky on a sensational throw from Matthew Stafford that was eventually brought back.