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Atlanta Falcons: Hand off Game to Panthers Lose First Division Game

06 November 2017

Carolina built a 20-10 lead on Graham Gano field goals of 31 and 45 yards on the team's first two possessions of the second half, giving the Panthers 20 unanswered points. He wasn't even heard from after the break, but fantasy owners got the touchdown they needed.

Carolina has not lost consecutive home games against the Falcons since the 2010-11 season.

RECEIVER ROTATION: Rookie Curtis Samuel started for the Panthers as the No. 2 wide receiver opposite Funchess and had three catches for 23 yards. He was the game's leading rusher with 86 yards on nine carries.

Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart fumbled twice in Atlanta territory in the first quarter, the first one recovered by safety Keanu Neal and the second one caused by Neal. Cam Newton and the Panthers' offense covered the remaining distance in six plays, scoring on a 4-yard run by Christian McCaffrey. That resulted in Matt Bryant's 53-yard field goal.

Carolina successfully executed the same option pitch the team had previously fumbled against Chicago to score its first touchdown of the game.

In the fourth quarter, Jones became the first receiver to have a 100-yard game against the Panthers' defense in 2017. Adams picked off a ball meant for tight end Austin Hooper and returned it 40 yards to set up a go-ahead Panthers touchdown.

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But after the Falcons had won three in a row vs. Carolina, Sunday's game felt personal to everyone in the home locker room.

The Panthers' run game already relied a lot on deception. Defensive end Mario Addison followed up Horton's sack with one of his own on the next play for a 6-yard loss.

Carolina will host its second primetime game in four weeks next Monday as it takes on the Miami Dolphins.

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Atlanta Falcons: Hand off Game to Panthers Lose First Division Game