Blanked! Lions offense dreadful in 20-0 pasting by Panthers

Charlotte — With the Detroit Lions on the cusp of climbing back into the playoff picture ahead of the season’s stretch run — the key requirement to save the jobs of coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn — the team somehow managed to turn in its most-disappointing performance in a season full of them.

Against a Carolina Panthers team that had lost five straight coming into Sunday, the Lions couldn’t muster a single point, getting shut out for the first time in more than 11 years in a 20-0 loss at Bank of America Stadium. 

Whether it was the absence of Kenny Golladay, D’Andre Swift and Danny Amendola from the lineup, quarterback Matthew Stafford’s injured thumb or a terrible game plan, the Lions’ offense never got started. 

Carolina Panthers strong safety Juston Burris celebrates after tackling Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson during the first half.

Detroit had five possessions in the first half and mustered just 89 yards, never driving beyond the Panthers’ 45-yard line.

Despite entering the day on pace for the worst third-down defense since the NFL began tracking the stat three decades ago, the Panthers only allowed the Lions to convert on one of their six attempts through two quarters. 

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And things really didn’t get better for Detroit. The team finished with 185 yards of offense and 4-of-17 on third and fourth down. 

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