Bridgewater was replaced by P.J. Walker in Sunday's season-ending 33-7 loss to New Orleans, and coach Matt Rhule revealed after the game that Bridgewater's exit was due to an ankle injury, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports. Prior to his exit, Bridgewater completed 13 of 23 passes for 176 yards and two interceptions while adding seven yards on three rushing attempts. Bridgewater played poorly prior his removal and Walker was even worse, completing just five of 14 passes with three interceptions. With a 1:3 TD:INT over the final four weeks, Bridgewater struggled down the stretch of his first season with the Panthers, but his contract from last offseason figures to ensure he's in Carolina for at least another year, whether as starter, backup or a bridge quarterback to a potential draft pick. Overall, the 28-year-old finishes the year with 3,733 passing yards, 15 touchdowns versus 11 interceptions and five rushing scores in 15 games.
Bridgewater completed 19 of 28 pass attempts for 197 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Week 16 against Washington. The Panthers didn't need Bridgewater to do much to secure a victory, instead taking advantage of miscues by Washington. Bridgewater wasn't without mistakes of his own, throwing an interception and fumbling twice -- one of which was lost. His lone touchdown of the day came on a 14-yard pass just before halftime. Bridgewater and the Panthers will close the season with a Week 17 matchup against the Saints.
Bridgewater completed 21 of 35 passes for 258 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Panthers' 24-16 loss to the Packers on Saturday night. He also rushed four times for 26 yards and a score while losing a fumble. Bridgewater extended a theme that's been a recurring one for him through what is now a 10-loss season for the Panthers -- putting together a solid stat line in defeat. The veteran was able to work around three sacks and six quarterback hits overall to connect with the returning DJ Moore on six occasions for a team-high 131 yards, but he ultimately went just 1-for-3 on Carolina's last-gasp drive, which started deep in own territory and never advanced past the 26-yard line. Bridgewater also failed to throw a touchdown pass for the second straight contest after a five-game streak with at least one scoring toss, a dubious feat he'll look to snap at the expense of Washington in a Week 16 battle on Sunday, Dec. 27.
Bridgewater isn't listed on the Panthers' initial Week 14 injury report released Wednesday. Bridgewater appeared to be banged up near the end of Carolina's last game, a 28-27 loss to the Vikings in Week 12. He's apparently healthy after a bye week, but two of his top three receivers (DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel) are on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and running back Christian McCaffrey (thigh/shoulder) is looking uncertain for Sunday's matchup with Denver.
Bridgewater completed 19 of 36 passes for 267 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Panthers' 28-27 loss to the Vikings on Sunday. He also rushed twice for 12 yards and appeared to leave the game after the last offensive play with an undisclosed injury, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. Bridgewater's return to Minnesota had a bit of everything in it, including what came close to qualifying as a memorable comeback. The veteran quarterback was able to hit Robby Anderson on a crossing route for his one touchdown throw and also connected with Curtis Samuel on a clutch 35-yard completion during the Panthers' last-gasp drive that culminated with a missed 54-yard field-goal attempt by Joey Slye with one second remaining. Bridgewater limped off the field after taking a hit on his final pass attempt the play prior, but he otherwise looked to be at full health after missing Week 11 with an MCL sprain and was able to extend his streak of games with at least one scoring toss to five. Bridgewater will now look to help Carolina bounce back from the heartbreaking defeat in a tough matchup versus the Broncos in Week 14 following a bye.
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