Shenault scores 41-yard TD for Panthers on wet night against Falcons

by Ricardo Gutierrez - In rainy conditions, the Panthers' Laviska Shenault Jr. put the first touchdown of the game on the board.

Laviska Shenault Jr. scores 41-yard TD for Panthers on wet night against Falcons Grant Halverson/Getty Images 8:20 PM ET David NewtonESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Panthers, NFL for 11 years More than 25 years experience covering NFL, college football and NASCAR Joined ESPN in 2006 CHARLOTTE, N.C. - After spending most of the first half running up the middle, the Carolina Panthers caught the Atlanta Falcons off guard with a swing pass behind the line of scrimmage that Laviska Shenault Jr . turned into a 41-yard touchdown. The play, officially a run, gave the Panthers a 10-0 lead with 4:34 left in the half in a steady rain fueled by Tropical Storm Nicole. Shenault lined up on the right side and ran a bubble route to the left. Quarterback PJ Walker connected with him a few yards behind the line of scrimmage, and the wide receiver, thanks to good blocks from DJ Moore and Terrace Marshall Jr . on the outside, rambled untouched down the sideline for the touchdown. The 41-yard score was the second-longest rushing touchdown by a wide receiver this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Rashid Shaheed of the New Orleans Saints had a 44-yard rushing score in Week 6.