The Panthers managed to beat a poor efficiency in opposition to the Bengals on Sunday to defeat divisional rivals Falcons 25-15 on Thursday night time.
As Atlanta narrowed Carolina’s result in three at one level within the third quarter, the Panthers have been in management all through the competitors. On a wet night time in Charlotte, the Panthers had a 13-0 lead late within the second quarter earlier than a Falcons discipline aim made it 13-3 at halftime.
Rookie huge receiver Drake London caught a 7-yard landing halfway by the third interval to make the rating 13-10. However from there, working again D’Onta Foreman scored a 12-yard landing in Carolina’s try and preserve her crew within the sport.
Foreman led the best way for the Panthers offensively, scoring 130 yards on 31 carries.
Eddy Pineiro hit a 40-yard discipline aim with 9:22 left within the sport. And whereas Falcons huge receiver KhaDarel Hodge caught a 25-yard landing from Marcus Mariota, one other 37-yard discipline aim from Pinerio with 10 seconds left in competition produced the ultimate margin.
Often, the Panthers ran over the Falcons. They completed with 232 yards on 47 makes an attempt. That features a 41-yard landing from huge receiver Levishka Shenault on a again cross within the second quarter.
Then again, Mariota completed 19-of-30 for 186 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception. However he seemed notably poor, firing off mistaken passes through the night time. Whereas he was intercepted as soon as, there have been no less than two different situations the place the ball may have been taken out.
Rookie huge receiver Drake London caught 5 passes for 38 yards with a landing. Tight finish Kyle Pitts had simply two receptions on eight targets for 28 yards.
Defensively, the Panthers racked up 5 sacks — together with a pair from defensive finish Marquis Haynes on Atlanta’s final play.
However there might be important concern about accidents in Carolina’s secondary, as cornerback Donte Jackson needed to go away the sport with an Achilles tendon harm.
With Carolina’s victory, the NFC South stays open. The Buccaneers lead the division 4-5 as Atlanta is now 4-6. The Saints, who play the Steelers this weekend, are 3-6.
The Panthers at the moment are 3-7 with a 3-1 division report.