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October 16, 2011

Panthers 17, Falcons 14, end of 3rd quarter


    Another Sunday, another close game for the Panthers.

    Trying to end a two-game losing streak and pick up their first road win of the season, the Panthers led Atlanta 17-14 entering the fourth quarter today at the Georgia Dome.

   The Panthers took a 17-14 lead with an impressive and lengthy drive on the opening drive of the second half.

   Carolina marched 80 yards in 13 plays -- converting four third-downs in the process -- with Cam Newton scrambling 14 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 6:28 remaining in the third quarter. The third-down conversions came on a nine-yard completion to Steve Smith, a four-yard Newton scramble, an 11-yard completion to Jonathan Stewart and, finally, Newton's touchdown run.

   The Panthers' previous touchdown drive had consumed 81 yards.

   After failing to move on their second possession of the third quarter, the Panthers punted and allowed the Falcons to take possession at the Caroilna 49 late in the quarter.

   The Falcons continued to have success with running back Michael Turner, whose bullish style was a continual problem for the Carolina defense. Turner had 104 rushing yards through three quarters.

  Atlanta was on the Carolina 8-yard line when the third quarter ended.

-- Ron Green Jr.

Posted by Observer Sports on October 16, 2011 at 03:10 PM | Permalink


Disappointing that the Panthers couldn't pull it out today because they were pretty close all game.

Posted by: Jon L. | Oct 16, 2011 5:59:06 PM

Yeah yeah yeah pretty close like all other games.....were do I find that "pretty close to a win" column? Need to change our name to Carolina Pretty Close Panthers

Posted by: SameOLDSong | Oct 16, 2011 6:10:09 PM

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