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The Panthers have a chance to become the only team in NFL history with three players with 700 or more rushing yards.

The Panthers rank third in the NFL with an average of 149.6 rushing yards per game, and they have run for more than 100 yards in a team-record 13 straight games.

The team's ground game features three players -- running backs DeAngelo Williams (783 yards) and Jonathan Stewart (682) and quarterback Cam Newton (674) -- with more than 600 yards rushing.

The last team to feature three players with 600 or more rushing yards in a single season was the 2006 Falcons. Running backs Warrick Dunn (1,140) and Jerious Norwood (633) and quarterback Michael Vick (1,039) led the Falcons' ground game that season.

The Panthers have a chance to become the only team in NFL history with three players with 700 or more rushing yards.

--The Panthers rank fourth in the NFL in total offense, averaging 395.7 yards per game. A large part of the offense's success is its ability to gain yardage in chunks. The Panthers have produced an NFL-leading 86 plays of 20 or more yards this season.

The Panthers have registered 64 passes and 22 runs of 20-plus yards under offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.

On the 64 big pass plays, the Panthers are averaging 29.7 yards and have scored eight touchdowns. On the 22 big run plays, the Panthers are averaging 30.0 yards and have scored six touchdowns.

The success producing big plays is a departure from 2010, when the offense finished the season tied for last in the league (with Atlanta) with 44 plays of 20 or more yards.

"We caught a lot of momentum in the latter part the season with not just making plays, but also understanding what coach Chudzinski is trying to with the blocking schemes. ... If it's third down, we can try to get a gist of what he is about to call," Newton said. "Understanding the route concepts. Why is he calling this play? When you have the running backs understanding it just as much as I am understanding it, and when the linemen are correcting me if I make a mistake with calling a play, that's something special.

"It just tells you how much we evolved from the beginning of the season with everybody's heads turning, with the short offseason, with the lockout taking place. Everybody's just, in the latter part of this season, grabbing the bull by the horns and taken responsibility learning the whole offense and making plays at the same time." Recommended Stories

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