The Carolina Panthers racked up 201 yards rushing against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday as the Panthers earned a 20-17 win that snapped a three-game losing streak to the Falcons. Carolina took advantage of Atlanta’s Super Bowl Hangover, as the Falcons move to 4-4 on the year and Carolina advances to 6-3.
Atlanta jumped out to an early 10-0 lead as the Carolina offense looked stagnant in the first 24 minutes of the game. But Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey got the offense flowing and Carolina was able to take a 14-10 lead at halftime as they scored two touchdowns in the last 2:35 of the first half. Atlanta was able to cut the lead to 20-17 with 3:25 remaining in the game, but the Carolina defense stepped up and stopped the Falcons from scoring again.
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— Mike Ortiz Jr. (@OrtizDYST) November 5, 2017
Cam Newton once again lead the Panthers in rushing with 86 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown came in the second quarter where he gave the Panthers the lead 14-10 after trailing 10-0 to start the game. Rookie Christian McCaffrey rushed for 66 yards and got his first career rushing touchdown in the second quarter off of a pitch play from Cam. McCaffrey saw more snaps than normal after starting running back Jonathan Stewart had two first half fumbles.
Cam Newton only threw for 137 yards and only connected with three receivers. After the trade that sent Kelvin Benjamin to the Buffalo Bills, Devin Funchess stepped up as the No.1 receiver for Carolina and finished with five catches for 86 yards. Rookie Curtis Samuel started as the No.2 receiver for Carolina and he finished with three catches for 23 yards. McCaffrey caught five catches for 28 yards.
Last year’s MVP of the NFL, Matt Ryan, threw for 313 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in today’s loss. Pro bowl receiver Julio Jones had six catches for 118 yards but dropped a wide-open 39-yard touchdown pass that would have given the Falcons a better chance to win. Atlanta was only able to rush for 53 yards, 46 yards from Devonta Freeman and only five from Tevin Coleman.
Today’s win puts the Panthers a half-game behind the Saints (who also won today over the Bucs 30-10) in the NFC South division. Next up for Carolina is a Monday Night matchup against the Miami Dolphins, and the Falcons will host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.