Falcons vs Panthers score: Julio Jones and surprising defensive effort lead Atlanta to the road turned upside down

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Led by Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and a defense that allowed just three points in the second half, the visiting Falcons beat the Panthers Thursday night, 25-17. Ryan threw for 281 yards rushing for a touchdown. Jones caught seven passes for 137 yards for the Falcons, who have won two of their last three games after a 0-5 start.Atlanta scored on four of its five possessions in the first period. Younghoe Koo scored three field goals in the first half, while Ryan scored his 10th career touchdown on a 13-yard run. Ryan’s score came shortly after the Falcons failed Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s rushed attempt on a fourth and a play. Carolina received two first half touchdowns from wide receiver Curtis Samuel. His 12-yard run gave the Panthers a 7-3 lead early on, while his 29-yard score (on a chip flicker) gave Carolina a 14-6 lead two minutes after the start of the second. quarter. The Falcons responded with back-to-back practices to take a 16-14 halftime lead.

At the start of the second half, Foyesade Oluokun and Grady Jarrett teamed up to smother Panthers running back Mike Davis in the fourth and meter. The save led to Koo’s fourth basket, a 30-yard attempt that extended Atlanta’s lead to five points. Atlanta was preparing to get the ball back when the Panthers took a false punt with rookie Jeremy Chinn, who took the direct slam and scolded 28 yards down the Falcons 40-yard line. The Panthers turned the bet into a 39-yard basket by Joey Slye.

Atlanta responded with an 11-game, 75-yard drive that was capped by Todd Gurley’s eighth touchdown of the season. Atlanta’s lead remained at eight points after Koo missed the point-after attempt. The two teams traded punts before the Panthers took over on their own five-yard line with 2:58 to go. Facing a third and an 18, Bridgewater joined DJ Moore for a 42-yard gain, as the Panthers had the ball on the Falcons 24-yard line. But three games after the great completion, Bridgewater, who missed three games after injuring his neck / head early in the fourth quarter, was intercepted by Blidi Wreh-Wilson securing the Falcons’ second win of the season. .

Here’s a look at what happened Thursday night.

Why the Falcons won

Atlanta received a vintage performance from Ryan and Jones. The duo was also rounded off with a rushing attack that gained 131 yards and two touchdowns in 36 carries. The defense, led by Keanu Neal, Deion Jones, Isaiah Oliver and Dante Fowler Jr., made several key saves while allowing the season low of 17 points. Atlanta managed to win despite the absence of wide receiver Calvin Ridley, who left the game with an ankle injury in the second quarter.

Why the Panthers lost

Carolina’s inability to convert on two fourths and a separate play hurt. And when they did convert on the fourth down (Chinn’s big run in fourth and nine on the Panthers’ false clearance), the Panthers were held to the basket. The Panthers, despite their success on the pitch, have only attempted 22 straight games, including only 13 attempts by running back Mike Davis. The Panthers, who were just 2 of 10 on the third down, had the ball for less than 24 minutes.

Turning

The Panthers appeared to gain momentum following the interception of cornerback Donte Jackson who set up Samuel’s second touchdown that extended Carolina’s lead to 14-6. Ryan, however, responded enthusiastically, leading the Falcons on four straight shots. Conversely, the Atlanta defense made two big saves on the fourth down during this period.

The game of the game

There were several nominees, but the second quarter stop from Foyesade Oluokun to Bridgewater is fourth and one takes the cake. The save helped the Falcons take a two point lead at halftime.

To quote

“I hope this is the start of something. I really feel like, even though we’re 2-6, I feel like we’ve been in close games. We played good football. I think we can play very hard. football during the second half of the season. – Ryan at FOX Sports when asked what Thursday’s significance may mean for Atlanta in the future

And after

The 2-6 Falcons will host the Broncos next Sunday. Denver is 2-4 heading into Sunday’s home game against the Chargers. The 3-5 Panthers will travel to Kansas City to take on the undefeated Chiefs. Kansas City is 5-1 in Sunday’s home game against the Jets without a win.

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