After struggling with a 0-3 losing streak after the bye week, loss to Patriots, and win over Jets, the Falcons looked to beat their divisional rival Carolina Panthers.
Sunday the Panthers hosted the Falcons in Atlanta’s first divisional game this season. The Falcons lost to Panthers in a crazy battle to the last second.
Many thought the Falcons had a last-second opportunity but couldn’t push forward for a first down to move the chains.
The Panthers started off with two 3 and outs and two forced fumbles which only led to a field and a touchdown. Matt Ryan connected with Mohamed Sanu for an 8-yard touchdown pass. Freeman had 11 carries for 46 yards, but Coleman scored the only touchdown for running backs on a 25-yard screen pass.
Julio led all receivers with six receptions for 118 yards but dropped a wide-open touchdown pass that would have given the Falcons the lead.
Matt Ryan went 24-38 with 313 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
The Panthers scored off two run plays in which Cam Newton scored off a 10-yard rushing touchdown, and Christian McCaffrey scored off a 5-yard rushing touchdown.
Deion Jones led the defense with 11 total tackles and 4 solo tackles. Keanu Neal forced two fumbles early for the defense in which they took a 10 point lead off both. Atlanta’s defense could not stop Cam and McCaffrey from gaining positive yardage while eating up the clock to close the game out.
The Falcons are now 4-4 and 0-1 in the division. They look forward to hosting the Dallas Cowboys in Atlanta next Sunday and get back to Falcons football.
Antonio Smith | @__Tonio1k