The Falcons look to take advantage of what has been a very tumultuous week in Carolina as they have shifted the line to become mild road favourites in this one after the Cats unexpectedly sent Kelvin Benjamin to the Buffalo Bills at the trade deadline which works very well in Atlanta's favour as Carolina is undermanned offensively and can stack the box anticipating a heavy run game this weekend.
The Panthers offense looked anemic for most of the first half with two fumbles by Jonathan Stewart leading to a 10-0 lead for the Falcons.
The defense meanwhile will be looking for their own redemption after allowing 780 passing yards and six passing touchdowns in two games previous year to Matt Ryan.
The win keeps the Panthers (6-3) a half-game behind the Saints in the NFC South after New Orleans beat Tampa Bay 30-10.
From there, Atlanta struggled to stay in the game, while Carolina pushed the Falcons around for most of the third quarter. After taking over on downs at the 50-yard line, the Panthers marched down the field and cut the deficit to 10-7 after a 4-yard run by rookie Christian McCaffrey.
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Carolina finally found its legs late in the second quarter.
Though the Falcons would tack on a Tevin Coleman touchdown late to make things interesting, Atlanta lacked execution in the passing game all day.
All alone, Jones somehow dropped Matt Ryan's perfectly lofted pass.
Carolina has figured out a recipe for success this season.
The Panthers only managed two field goals in the second half, but they were able to stave off a comeback thanks to their defense and the emergence of the running game. It goes as its best player in inside linebacker Luke Kuechly goes.
For Atlanta, the Falcons aren't entirely out of it, as they still have five division games still left on the slate.