The Tennessee Titans showed how painfully easy it was to run the ball against the Panthers in the second half.
McCaffrey now has 150-plus scrimmage yards and at least one touchdown in six of the first eight games of the season. "It's big", safety Kenny Vaccaro said.
And in the third quarter Rivera signed off on a fake punt on fourth-and-4 from his 36 that swung the momentum to Carolina.
He also joined Steve Smith as the only Panthers to have multiple career games of 150-plus scrimmage yards and three touchdowns.
Thompson tied for Carolina's team lead in tackles, with his tally including three stops for loss. Derrick Henry got only two carries in the first half for 4 yards, though he finished with 63 yards and a touchdown. But Jones' first down ignited the Carolina sideline, and the Panthers would cap the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by McCaffrey.
"I knew he was going to do that when he came into the league, just how he played at Stanford", Henry said.
The Titans were forced to play ideal football down the stretch to have a chance because they were far from flawless most of the contest.
When asked about Butler's injury on Monday, head coach Mike Vrabel said that not only is Butler likely out for Week 10, but he could be lost for the season.
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"He is most certainly, I think, in the conversation", Panthers coach Ron Rivera said.
Titans QB Ryan Tannehill threw two interceptions and was sacked four times.
Cam Newton went to visit foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay on Friday and reports are swirling that Newton may be placed on injured reserve - despite his injury, Allen says Newton has been there to support him ever since he became the Panthers starting quarterback.
Carolina has a 4-1 record with Allen under center, and Tannehill has won both his starts.
Panthers: WR Curtis Samuel is questionable, and sack leader Mario Addison is out for personal reasons. Addison did not attend the game because he's still dealing with the death of his brother, who was killed last Sunday in Birmingham, Alabama.
"He was around a lot", Allen said.
The Titans added kicker Ryan Succop to the roster this week and he missed all three field-goal attempts of 43, 56 and 44 yards. He did not return to the game.
Can the Titans keep the energy up and continue this winning streak or do they let the Panthers get back on the winning side of things?