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Final Grade: A
It seemed everyone played a part in Carolina's victory. The offensive line was outstanding; protecting Newton and helping the running game establish itself. It also did it's part to set up Carolina's final score on Williams long touchdown reception.
This will serve as motivational boost moving forward and should serve them well as they attempt to close out the season on a high note.
4th Quarter Grade: A
The Panthers offense seems to have been figured out as the Falcons aren't giving up too much on the ground and they are keeping the receivers in check. If Carolina can't score, then they need to take as much time off the clock as possible and make the game all about ball control.
DeAngelo Williams hasn't made much noise this season but his 53 yard touchdown reception was the boost Carolina needed and may have served as the final nail in the coffin for the Falcons as the Panthers increased their lead to 17.
3rd Quarter Grade: A
Carolina's first offensive series of the half was mostly the Cam Newton Show but without his teammates at the line or down the field, he doesn't score. The offense is perfect on five possessions having scored on each drive. Needless to say, the Falcons have to be stunned.
Too bad Steve Smith hasn't had more opportunities this season. The Panthers all-time leading receiver reach 100 yards receiving and was perhaps the best highlight late in third quarter. Despite the rapport he has with Newton, he can't make a play if he is not on the same page with him.
2nd Quarter Grade: B+
Much like Newton, the offense was not able to pick up another touchdown but the line did their part to hold off Atlanta defenders and open up running lanes for the running game to pick up some big yards. They may not have gotten the six after what was a great start to the series but they did put their team in a position to pick up more points and that is important.
Steve Smith is still proving to be an offensive weapon having caught a couple of balls from Newton that put him at 67 yards receiving on three receptions. Newton has been trying to connect with him deep for the score but has overthrown him. The good news is the Panthers were able to add to their point total but had to settle for a field goal after a false start penalty set them back. So far, they have 206 total yards and could possibly add to it before the half ends.
Carolina's offense may have only one touchdown to show for themselves in the first half but they did put themselves in a position to score on every possession. That will be important heading into the second half of football and Panthers fans should be feeling good about a 16-0 lead.
The key to the game has been time of possession. They have been the complete opposite of last week where the offense couldn't get on the field. This week they have a time of possession of 23:48.
1st Quarter Grade: A+
DeAngelo Williams ran hard on the Panthers first possession. The Panthers converted three times on third down with the last one of the series being a touchdown reception by Greg Olsen. Carolina needed to make a statement to open the game and they got started off on the right foot. They burned a lot of time off the clock in the first quarter helping set the tempo of the game.
It's too early to tell if Williams will reach 100 yards rushing but he is playing hard and taking advantage of his field time. The line is holding their blocks allowing both the running and passing games to continue moving the ball.
The offense has been pretty decent as of late, but it needs to be on the field. As shown in the Panthers' loss to Kansas City last week, if the offense is unable to get on the field, it makes it difficult for the team to win.
DeAngelo Williams, who was benched earlier in the season but has resumed starting duties in place of Jonathan Stewart, had a decent day in Week 4, with 49 yards rushing and one touchdown.
He averaged 4.5 yards a carry but only had 11 touches. It should be interesting to see if Carolina runs the ball more given the success it had in the first game.
The passing game will be vital to the team's success, as Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Greg Olsen will be called upon to give Newton multiple options. Olsen has been a beast and a reliable option in the offense, and LaFell has proven to be a capable down-field threat when he catches the ball.