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September 30, 2012

Falcons kick a FG, Panthers lead by a point

Score: Panthers 28, Falcons 27

Scoring play: A 33-yard field goal by Matt Bryant.

Drive: 9 plays, 65 yards, 2:58

Key play: Facing a 3-and-10, Matt Ryan found Julio Jones for the first time all game. The second-year wideout had been targeted four times before but they could not connect. The 30-yard pass brought the Falcons to midfield.

Time of game: 4:57 in the fourth quarter.

Worth mentioning: The Panthers have six sacks on the day, which is one away from tying the franchise high, which was last set in 2006.


Score: Panthers 28, Falcons 24

Scoring play: A 36-yard touchdown screen pass from Cam Newton to Kealoha Pilares.

Drive: 6 plays, 88 yards, 3:23.

Key play: With their backs to the end zone at their own 12-yard line, Newton passed down the near sideline to Greg Olsen for a 34-yard pickup.

Time of game: 7:55 in the fourth quarter.

Worth mentioning: That's Pilares' second career reception and his first receiving touchdown of his career. He took a kickoff back 101 yards for a touchdown last season against the Lions. 


Score: Falcons 24, Panthers 21

Scoring play: A 4-yard touchdown rush by Cam Newton.

Drive: 12plays, 77 yards, 7:01

Key play: On 3-and-8 from the Atlanta 19, Newton dropped back and found a huge hole in the middle of the line. He scampered for 15 yards before being upended at the 4-yard line.

Time of game: 3:16 in the third quarter.

Worth mentioning: After two seasons and three games, Armanti Edwards has recorded his first career catch. The App State product caught a 12-yard ball from Newton that extended the drive on third down. The next play he passed deep downfield for Steve Smith, but the pass fell incomplete.


Score: Falcons 24, Panthers 14

Scoring play: A 60-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Michael Turner.

Drive: 3 plays, 72 yards, 1:37.

Key play: With such a short drive, the key play was obviously the 60-yard catch and run. Haruki Nakamura missed an arm tackle, and Captain Munnerlyn gave chase before he was blocked just as he closed in on Turner. It was Turner's first receiving TD of his career.

Time of game: 10:17 in the third quarter.

Worth mentioning: Atlanta has all of the momentum right now. The Falcons scored with less than two minutes left in first half, then held Carolina on its drive heading into halftime. 

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on September 30, 2012 at 02:54 PM | Permalink


love it, hurney with another loss!

Posted by: Steven | Sep 30, 2012 4:26:10 PM

Joe, are you interested in the GM job? I like reporters in that role, if not reporters, plumbers. Seems reasonable.

Posted by: Jerry Richardson | Sep 30, 2012 4:31:26 PM

Haruki Nakamura is all I can say. Only the Panthers would have a Japanese safety as their starter. He is a special teams player that has exponentially been the victim of more plays than plays he's made. I haven't seen one good play. He is out of position EVERY PLAY. Forget Cam's fumble, I knew we wouldn't get the first, the Panthers are still not winners yet. I can't believe you get beat 60 yards with the ball on the 1....I'm done

Posted by: Chris | Sep 30, 2012 4:32:44 PM

I really don't understand our defensive coordinator. Why let the Falcons complete passing to the sideline when they had no time outs? Defend the sidelines and make them dump it to the middle of field to expire time. These guys drove from the 1 yard-line with no time outs and 50 something seconds to go. I'm totally shocked.

Posted by: Ryan | Sep 30, 2012 4:38:28 PM

John Fox called. He asked, "Miss me yet"?

Posted by: Fire Rivera | Sep 30, 2012 4:39:26 PM

I love the panthers, but Rivera has no guts!! Everybody watching knew if the panthers didn't go for it on 4th & 1 that they would find a way to lose this game. Sure enough that is exactly what they did. This one isn't on the players. This is on Rivera. He should have known better. Everyone else did.

Posted by: panther9077 | Sep 30, 2012 4:42:51 PM

no question, Rivera is in way over his head..whether it's adjustments decision making, or inspiration... and the talent level on this team can't afford that kind of leadership...he may be a nice guy but it's not a popularity contest....

Posted by: David | Sep 30, 2012 4:48:50 PM

I'm begining to think the NFL is set up like wrestling, NASCAR and soap operas. Any coach with half a brain should have went for it on 4th and one. Is the NFL setting these games up?

Posted by: NoITall | Sep 30, 2012 4:49:17 PM

Can't put it at Rivera's feet, Hurney picks and signs players.

Posted by: Steven | Sep 30, 2012 4:51:21 PM

Don;t blame the coach, you have to punt it there. But, you can't let a receiver get behind you 60 yards down the field. we gave this to atlanta

Posted by: Tyler | Sep 30, 2012 4:51:42 PM

Has for ten years, three winning records. Enough said.

Posted by: Steven | Sep 30, 2012 4:52:06 PM

This is not Rivera fault! Players has to make plays! Simple as that!

Posted by: Ryan | Sep 30, 2012 4:55:49 PM

All that money on running backs and you want go for it on 4th and 1!
Who coaches the DB's, Tom O'Brien.

Posted by: Zeus | Sep 30, 2012 4:58:47 PM

This is Riveras fault, and only his fault. This isn't the Ravens our the 49ers defense. This team does have that kind of luxury that they can pass up a 4th & 1 and say we know our defense will go out there and close it out for us.

Posted by: panther9077 | Sep 30, 2012 5:02:12 PM


Nakamura had an interception in the game you idiot....wake TFU. Yes, his sorry a@@ attempt at batting the ball down (didn't jump...just fell back) doesn't help his cause and was embarassing. We lost the game because CAM fumbled the ball and we didn't go for it on 4th and 1. SIMPLE AND PLAIN as CAM would put it.

Posted by: What? | Sep 30, 2012 5:02:59 PM

@what. They lost because Rivera has no spine. Plain and simple. Cam fumbled the ball past the first down marker but they didn't give to him. Rivera is not going to win games playing scared.

Posted by: defensewinsgames | Sep 30, 2012 5:13:20 PM

tough loss that came down to 2 fumbles and poor tackling. but man they looked good today.

between murphy, edwards, and pilares....receiver position looks set regardless of if gettis comes back this year or not. running game was nice. outside of the few mistakes, the offense was outstanding. defense was REALLY GOOD but gave up 3 huge plays. tackling needs to be cleaned up but they made big plays.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 30, 2012 6:37:42 PM

OMG.....What the H*LL were the Falcons smoking today! I can't believe they let these "kitty cat pathetic losers" score!!! How dare you Falcons let Mr. mopeyhead, crybaby cammy even THINK he had a chance to win! Thank goodness we won, but I'm p*ssed at our performance today!

Posted by: FalconsRULE | Sep 30, 2012 8:16:40 PM

Oh and by the way CC (crybaby Cammy), stop jumping the gun with your pathetic celebration....start focusing on ball control instead of dance moves!!

Posted by: FalconsRULE | Sep 30, 2012 8:20:06 PM

We will get them next time!!!! Go Panthers!!!!

Posted by: viagra | Sep 30, 2012 11:47:18 PM

This Defense Sucks balls!!

Posted by: skywalker1 | Oct 1, 2012 1:10:20 AM

Joe, PLEASE ask Rivera about his awful decision to punt on 4th and 1. From this Grantland article: http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8447703/mark-sanchez-getting-better-rest-week-4-news

"ESPN Stats and Info also found that, since 2001, teams who ran the ball on fourth-and-1 in the fourth quarter with a lead and the ball between the 40- and 50-yard line have converted on 71.9 percent of those carries. And according to Brian Burke's fourth-down calculator, the Panthers would be in the right to go for it in this situation if they thought they could succeed 35 percent of the time on fourth-and-1. Thirty-five percent! Remember: that's the average team. The Panthers are not your average short-yardage running team. In addition to the considerable skills of Cam Newton, Carolina has spent nearly $50 million on running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart to ensure that their running game is effective. If you don't trust your team to pick up one yard with the game on the line in the fourth quarter, why did you spend close to $50 million on running backs? What's the point of having Cam Newton?

"Since Newton arrived in town, the Panthers have faced third- or fourth-and-1 on 24 occasions. They've converted on 21 of those 24 opportunities."

Posted by: Brandon | Oct 1, 2012 10:56:53 AM

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