Falcons vs. Panthers: 10 Key Matchups for Atlanta

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Falcons vs. Panthers: 10 Key Matchups for Atlanta
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Another week, another NFC South rival on tap for the 11-1 Falcons

The Falcons-Panthers series has not been as intense as Falcons-Saints over the last few seasons, but this “I-85” rivalry has had its share of moments.

Earlier this season, the Charlotte Observer said that the Panthers' heartbreaking 30-28 last-minute loss to the Falcons would “leave a mark on the Panthers.” One could argue that these 2012 Panthers have not been the same since losing that game that they seemingly had wrapped up but for a late Cam Newton fumble and an unbelievable pass from Matt Ryan to Roddy White.

The intrigue surrounding Sunday's Atlanta trip to Bank of America Stadium centers around the Carolina defense and their sensitivity to certain postgame comments made by Ryan, who starred in an episode of the old show Candid Camera after the Week 4 Falcons win over the Panthers.

As we prepare for another exciting week of Falcons football, let's whet our appetites with a look at 10 specific matchups that will be decisive in Sunday's NFC South tilt in Charlotte.

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