The Atlanta Falcons were put to rest Sunday afternoon.
The top team in the NFC’s regular season last year with a 13-3 record, the Falcons were completely manhandled by the tenacious Carolina Panthers who laid a 34-10 beating on Matt Ryan and company.
With the loss, the Falcons dropped to 2-6 having dropped five of their past six and are 0-4 on the road while the suddenly ambitious Panthers have fought their way back into the post-season picture.
The victory for Carolina was their fourth in a row and pushed them to 5-3 and just one game back of the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South.
The Saints fell to 6-2 after being upset 26-20 by the Jets in New York.
For Carolina, meanwhile, it marked the first time in franchise history that the Panthers had scored 30 or more points in four consecutive games — all victories.