Originally posted on ajc.com  |  Last updated 10/16/11
On a key third-and 12, Atlanta's Harry Douglas gets past the Panthers' Captain Munnerlyn for a 34--yard gain and a first down on the go-ahead drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by Matt Ryan. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com No one was popping champagne bottles  in the Falcons’ locker room after this one. But in pivotal situation, the Falcons were in a celebratory mood after a morale-boosting 31-17 victory over rookie sensation Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at the Georgia Dome. “I felt we got back on track,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said after watching his team string together 17 unanswered, fourth-quarter points to steam past the Panthers. The Falcons improved to 3-3 and play the upstart Detroit Lions (5-1) next week; the Panthers dropped to 1-5. “It’s a huge win for us,” cornerback Dunta Robinson said. “It was big for our morale. It was big for our confidence as a football team.” The Panthers led 17-14 going into the fourth quarter …
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