Panthers show they could be a force

Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart breaks a tackle of Atlanta Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow...

Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart breaks a tackle of Atlanta Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow (55) and linebacker Akeem Dent (52) during the game at Bank of America Stadium. Panthers won 34-10. (USA TODAY Sports)

Mike Rutsey, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:14 AM ET

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.

 


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