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September 30, 2012

Ryan finds White for a TD, Falcons lead 17-14

Score: Falcons 17, Panthers 14

Scoring play: A 14-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Roddy White.

Drive: 10 plays, 51 yards, 3:40.

Key play: On 3-and-5 and just in field-goal range, the Falcons and Ryan found White in the middle of the field for a nine-yard gain to continue to drive.

Time of game: 1:49 in the second quarter.

Worth mentioning: Both of the Falcons' touchdowns have come via passes from Ryan to White. And on both of the scores, free safety Haruki Nakamura has not been able to defend the passes.


Score: Panthers 14, Falcons 10

Scoring play: A 13-yard touchdown rush by DeAngelo Williams.

Drive: 7 plays, 79 yards, 4:27

Key play: Catching his first pass of the game on 2-and-4 was Steve Smith. Jonathan Stewart picked up the Atlanta blitz well and gave Cam Newton enough time in the pocket to find Smith in the seam. The 27-yard gain set up Williams' 13-yard touchdown rush.

Time of game: 8:44 in the second quarter.

Worth mentioning: The Panthers' game plan, like most teams playing the Falcons, is to keep Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan off the field. With a stout defense in the red zone and a 79-yard offensive drive, the Panthers are sticking to that plan well.


Score: Falcons 10, Panthers 7

Scoring play: A 41-yard field goal by Matt Bryant.

Drive: 6 plays, 7 yards, 2:05.

Key play: Defensive end Charles Johnson is having himself a game in his home state of Georgia. He's already been credited with two .5 sacks, and he sacked Matt Ryan on 2-and-1 for a loss of 13. He also pulled Ryan's facemask, which resulted in a 15-yard penalty, but it kept the Falcons at bay in the red zone.

Time of game: 13:11 in the second quarter.

Worth mentioning: The Falcons are 1-for-2 in the red zone for 3 points. Their first trip resulted in a Caorlina interception, and their second trip a field goal after getting to the 19-yard line.


Score: Panthers 7, Falcons 7

Scoring play: A 49-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Roddy White.

Drive: 3 plays, 77 yards, 1:30.

Key play: After two strong rushes by Michael Turner that resulted in 28 yards, Ryan used play action to fool FS Haruki Nakamura. White, the NFL's leader in receptions since 2010, beat Nakamura down the middle of the field for the grab.

Time of game: 0:26 in the first quarter.

Worth mentioning: Atlanta's previous possession was a 17-play drive that saw the Falcons on the half-yard line before a penalty backed them up. Nakamura intercepted a Ryan pass, Ryan's second of the year, to end the threat and give the Panthers momentum.


Score: Panthers 7, Falcons 0

Scoring play: A 17-yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton to Greg Olsen.

Drive: 5 plays, 53 yards, 2:29.

Key play: On 2-and-7 from midfield, Cam Newton opted to run down the near sideline to pick up 32 yards and put the Panthers in the red zone. The run was similar to his option for 40 yards against the Saints that set up a score in Carolina's lone win this year.

Time of game: 11:45 in the first quarter.

Worth mentioning: It's the first time all season the Panthers have not allowed an opponent to score a touchdown on their opening drive. Likewise, it's the first time Carolina has scored on its opening drive all year.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on September 30, 2012 at 01:17 PM | Permalink


If Jon Beason is going to hurt the team by playing hurt he shouldn't be playing. Two big plays he has given up.

Posted by: Ryan | Sep 30, 2012 2:21:51 PM

Steve Smith sucks!Fumblerer hahhaha cam newton should do it to him for what he did to him last week making turnovers stupid.And i just wanna say we dont have widereceivers remmember when clausen was in for QB he didnt have no one to throw to,i still think nothing has changed

Posted by: John.Doe | Sep 30, 2012 2:34:54 PM

defense sucks period!

Posted by: John.Doe | Sep 30, 2012 2:57:01 PM

“I was hoping that they would punt it to us, and that’s the right thing to do in that situation on a fourth-and-one. They did what most any coach would do.” Atlanta coach Mike Smith

• “I’m surprised. With (Newton’s) big body, he’s long, and all that good stuff you’d think they just quarterback sneak it.” Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez

Well, after screaming to go for it - 1 yard to change your identity, these quotes from the opposition are all I need to hear. Rivera is just any old ball coach. One I'm not so sure I want.

Posted by: Fan | Sep 30, 2012 9:18:42 PM

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