- For the first time since Week 8, the Carolina Panthers had their original starting offensive line after injuries to Ryan Kalil and then Andrew Norwell. After giving up seven sacks the past two weeks, the Panthers' offensive line rebounded to only giving up one against the Cowboys. As long as this group stays healthy, Cam Newton should have plenty of time in the pocket.
- Earlier in the year, the Panthers were running a majority of their offense out of two tight end sets with Greg Olsen and Ed Dickson. However, against the Cowboys, the team ran more three wide receiver sets with Devin Funchess, Ted Ginn Jr. and Jerricho Cotchery. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues over the last part of the regular season and into the playoffs.
- The Panthers had only three players, all in the secondary, play every defensive snap. This was due in large part to the coaching staff starting to pull some of their starters late in the fourth quarter, Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly missed the final seven defensive snaps, with the game out of reach.
- The defense welcomed back their leader on the defensive line against the Cowboys, Charles Johnson, who missed the past eight weeks due to a hamstring injury. It was going to be interesting to see how the team rotated Johnson in along with Kony Ealy and Jared Allen. Ron Rivera said prior to the game that they only wanted Johnson to play about 30 snaps (he played 24 against the Cowboys) and had Allen and Ealy each play 33. The surprising part was that Mario Addison saw just as much playing time as the other three with 28. As Johnson gets back into game shape, he should see his playing time increase.