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Falcons lineman Sam Baker blocks Carolina's Charles Johnson, giving Matt Ryan time to pass. Curtis Compton / FLOWERY BRANCH — In Cam Newton’s homecoming as a professional, the Falcons intercepted three passes and finished strong to post a 31-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers. The win, coupled with Tampa Bay’s victory over New Orleans, leaves the defending NFC South champions one game out of first place. What we learned 1. The run game still works: The Falcons put on a power-running display with 35 runs for 166 yards and three touchdowns. Michael Turner led the way with a season-high 139 yards on 27 carries (5.1 per rush). The Falcons keyed on working the outside creases of the Carolina defense and cut Turner loose on some toss sweeps. He ran with authority, barreling over defenders as he finished all of his runs strong. 2. Harry Douglas can make the big catch: Douglas, the fourth-year wide receiver, started for the injured Julio Jones and was a few …

Keeping Ryan upright key to Falcons' success

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. The numbers paint the picture of a fairly simple story. In the Falcons' first three games, quarterback Matt Ryan was sacked 13 times. The Falcons went 1-2 in those games, as Ryan lost three fumbles and threw four interceptions. Then Falcons head coach Mike Smith promised a review of the team's scheme after a 16-13 loss to Tampa Bay and put linemen&...

Ryan's all-business attitude works for Falcons

ATLANTA -- Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has his pro wrestler-imitating, championship-belt miming gesture and Cam Newton unfurled a mini-Deion Sanders "Prime Time" dance followed up by a Superman move after a score in Carolina's meeting at Atlanta on Sunday. Under-stated and buttoned up as Matt Ryan is, don't expect the Falcons quarterback ever to adopt anything...

Charles Johnson leads Carolina Panthers in pay, sacks

(By Joseph Person, A couple of hours into the NFL's free-agency period in late July, a team of Panthers officials and coaches boarded a private jet to south Florida to make defensive end Charles Johnson a rich man.The Panthers had lost Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers to free agency a year earlier and were bidding against division rival Atlanta...

NFL Week 7- Do the Atlanta Falcons face a must win against the Detroit Lions?

In NFL Week 7, the Atlanta Falcons will be taking on the upstart Detroit Lions, do the Falcons face a must-win this week? The NFC South division winner in 2010 has struggled early this season and I’m not sure if you could deem this game as a must-win, but the Falcons can ill-afford to fall further behind in their division. Atlanta is currently a game behind the New...

Atlanta Falcons 31, Carolina Panthers 17

The Atlanta Falcons scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to take down the Panthers today in Atlanta.  Matt Ryan was in game manager mode today as he completed 14 of 22 passes for 163 yards with 1 TD pass and 0 INTs.  He also carried the ball 3 times for 7 yards (2.3 ypc) with 1 TD run today.  Michael Turner had a monster game for the Falcons today as he carried the...

Turner burns Panthers

Turner runs through Panthers The Falcons earned their third win of the season with a 31-17 win over the Carolina Panthers to get their first victory in the NFC South. The Falcons record now moves to 3-3. Matt Ryan passed for 163 yards while completing 14 of 22 passes with a touchdown. He also had a rushing touchdown on the day as well. But the Falcons were led on the ground by Michael...

Falcons’ 2nd Half Offense Comes to Life, Secure Win

This had been the story for at least two of the Falcons’ losses and at least one of their wins: The Falcons score some points in the first half, and then score little to none in the second half. Today however, that changed. Thankfully. The Carolina Panthers and their prized rookie came into town looking for their 2nd win of the season. And they were poised to win. But good teams...

Falcons return to roots in win over Panthers

Michael Turner kept running the ball. Matt Ryan worked in some short passes. It wasn't exactly stretching the field, but it sure worked for the Atlanta Falcons. Maybe they've found their identity again. The Falcons gave up a huge part of their future to draft receiver Julio Jones, all with the intent of creating more big plays on offense. But Sunday's 31-17 victory...

Falcons Fly Past Carolina 31-17

             Winning: some teams are so used to it that they are complacent with it, while others are starving for it, practically begging for the chance to leave the field as the “top dogs”. Even though the Atlanta Falcons didn’t find themselves on either side of the spectrum prior to today, they definitely satisfied their faithful fanbase today, defeating the...

GAME STORY: Falcons 31, Panthers 17

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 / No one was popping champagne bottles  in the Falcons’ locker room after this one. But in pivotal situation, the Falcons were in a celebratory...

Falcons pick Newton three times, beat Panthers

Michael Turner ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns, Matt Ryan scored the tie-breaking TD with 7 minutes remaining, and Corey Peters came up with a huge interception, helping the Atlanta Falcons seal a 31-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Falcons rally in 4th to beat Panthers (AP)

The Atlanta Falcons spoiled Cam Newton's homecoming by taking advantage of a rookie mistake. Michael Turner ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns, Matt Ryan scored the tie-breaking TD with 7 minutes remaining, and Corey Peters came up with a huge interception that helped the Falcons seal a 31-17 victory over Newton and the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
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