Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
Atlanta Falcons 20, Carolina Panthers 30 — Final
The Atlanta Falcons lost just their second game today to the Carolina Panthers. The Falcons inability to convert on third downs killed them again today as their 2-for-8—0-for-4 in the first half—gave the Panthers a time of possession victory.
The game just went the Panthers way all day. The Falcons were unable to get anything going and the Panthers were able to drain the Falcons defense by grinding out three long scoring drives in the first half.
Atlanta is now 11-2 and still in the lead for the NFC home field advantage. Carolina is just 4-9 and is still sitting at home for the playoffs.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek, runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.
After failing to get the final kickoff attempt, the Falcons will taste defeat for just the second time this season. Cam Newton downed it twice to end the game.
Atlanta Falcons 20, Carolina Panthers 30 — Final
After the break, Roddy White caught a 17-yard pass to bring it to the 1-yard line. On first down, Julio Jones had the ball knocked from his hands. On 2nd down, Kevin Cone was the intended receiver but Ryan missed him.
Then on 3rd-and-goal from the one, pass interference was called on Captain Munnerlyn to force another first down. On another 1st-and-goal from the 1, Michael Turner got stuffed. Then on 2nd-and-goal from the 1, Michael Turner finally punches it in for a touchdown.
Atlanta Falcons 20, Carolina Panthers 30 — 0:53 4th Quarter
Matt Ryan tried attempting another deep bomb but couldn't find Julio Jones deep. Then Julio Jones got another 18 yard catch. The Falcons are driving down. Harry Douglas, Tony Gonzalez and Julio Jones have been continually working for the touchdown.
Chase Coffman sighting here as well. And then another pair of dump offs to Jacquizz Rodgers brought it to the 18-yard line before the two-minute warning.
Atlanta Falcons 13, Carolina Panthers 30 — 2:00 4th Quarter
The Falcons need to get a turnover here, and the Panthers need to grind clock. The first down play was an incomplete pass and then the Falcons stuffed a run. On 3rd-and-9 from the Panthers 41, the Panthers got a penalty against Dunta Robinson for a free first down.
They cut down DeAngelo Williams in the backfield on first down, and then Cam Newton lost track of time to use the Panthers last timeout. On 2nd-and-9 from their own 47-yard line, DeAngelo Williams took the screen pass 53 yards for a touchdown.
Atlanta Falcons 13, Carolina Panthers 30 — 4:11 4th Quarter
The Falcons need to stop trying to change it up with Michael Turner. If the offense is actually moving the ball passing, just keep passing. Quit changing it up over and over and over again.
It's now 4th & 8 from the 48. Falcons go for it. Ryan picked off by Thomas Davis at the 40. Carolina ball w/6:19 left. #atlcar12— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) December 9, 2012
Opening up on their own 10-yard line, Matt Ryan hit Roddy White on a quick-hitter for the first down on back-to-back plays. Then Ryan hit Harry Douglas at the 50 for another 20 yards. Then Matt Ryan handed it to Michael Turner for five yards. The Falcons offense is always better late in games.
Greg Hardy got the Panthers second sack of the game on another coverage sack. The offensive line has held up well today compared to last time. On 3rd-and-12 from the Falcons 48, the Falcons only got four yards to set up a 4th-and-8.
On 4th-and-8, Thomas Davis intercepted Ryan at their own 40.
The ruling on the field was overturned though and then the Panthers got the first down at the Falcons 41. Then Robert McClain had another knockaway on first down.. He's been a great addition to the Falcons this year and is really coming into his own.
After the second down play set up a 3rd-and-9, Dunta Robinson knocked the ball away, and the Falcons forced yet another punt. They will take over at their own 10-yard line.
Taking over at their own 16-yard line, the Panthers got just one yard to open the drive. After a 6-yard run, the Panthers converted 3rd-and-2 on a pass to Steve Smith to bring it to the 31-yard line.
The Panthers attacked Chris Hope on a slant by Greg Olsen to bring it to around midfield. Another a run by DeAngelo Williams was followed by an incompletion by Louis Murphy. The play was challenged by Ron Rivera, but this looks like the right call. The ball was bobbled the whole way.
The ruling on the field was challenged and Roddy White looks to have caught the ball. The play was not overturned because of a lack of indisputable evidence. The Falcons need to force another pair of failed drives for Carolina.
That was Todd McClure with the huge block to get Julio in the endzone. #atlcar12— Daniel Cox (@FalconsDCox) December 9, 2012
Touchdown #Falcons Julio!!!!! My boy!— Miss Nesha(@Falconschic389) December 9, 2012
I didn't see a bobble either. We'll see >> RT @bobbyrosinski: looks like a catch..let's see if they review it— Knox Bardeen (@knoxbardeen) December 9, 2012
On 1st-and-10 from the 22, Matt Ryan hit Julio Jones but the ball was dropped. An errant thrown on second set up another third down. On 3rd-and-10 from the Panthers 22, Ryan hit Tony Gonzalez for a first down throw.
Then on 1st-and-10 from the 11, Matt Ryan hit Julio Jones on the bubble screen for a touchdown.
On the two point conversion attempt, Ryan hit Roddy White but the play was ruled as a failed conversion due to him bobbling the ball.
Atlanta Falcons 13, Carolina Panthers 23 — 13:57 4th Quarter
On first down, Matt Ryan tried hitting Julio Jones deep, but was unable to hit him. 2nd-and-10 was a brilliant pitch and catch to Jones for 21 yards to close the quarter out.
Atlanta Falcons 7, Carolina Panthers 23 — End 3rd Quarter
To combat the pass rush seen all game, the Falcons started off with another 8-yard screen to Jacquizz Rodgers. After a false start by Tyson Clabo, the Falcons converted their second down play to the 37-yard line.
On the first shot down field, Roddy White tripped over his own feet. Then Michael Turner proved he should be benched again gaining just two yards. On 3rd-and-8 from their own 39, Matt Ryan hit Roddy White at the Carolina 43.
On 2nd-and-12, DeAngelo Williams got another eight yards to set up a 3rd-and-4. Then, Atlanta finally got a third down stop and forced their first punt of the game on an errant Cam Newton throw.
A 58-yard punt gives the Falcons the ball back at their own 20-yard line. The Falcons needed that crucial defensive stop there.
After the Falcons finally let the defense rest for once, Carolina takes over at their own 20-yard line. A great play by Steve Smith for 16 yards opens the drive. After the Falcons stuff DeAngelo Williams in the backfield, Geoff Hangartner went down. Center exchanges are huge.
On 1st-and-goal from the 8-yard line, Jacquizz Rodgers brought it to the Panthers 3. For second down, Carolina called a timout this time.
On 2nd-and-goal from the 3-yard line, Matt Ryan hit Roddy White on an easy crossing route for the touchdown.
Atlanta Falcons 7, Carolina Panthers 23 — 4:48 3rd Quarter
On 1st-and-10 from the Carolina 19, Ryan hit Gonzalez for six yards. Then he missed Jason Snelling on second down. On 3rd-and-4 from the 13, Ryan got hit in the pocket and missed Gonzalez. Then, the Falcons went for it on 4th-and-4.
And Jason Snelling got the first down and brought it to the Carolina 8. On 1st-and-goal from the Carolina 8, Matt Ryan called the first timeout of the half.
Falcons Timeout #1 — 5:26 3rd Quarter
After Jason Snelling took a line drive kick at the 16-yard line, Jacquizz Rodgers took it six yards to set up another Julio Jones first down catch. Then another Rodgers run just proves he should be the starter.
Tony Gonzalez sighting again to bring the ball back across midfield. The offense is continuing to move with another Roddy White catch for 16 yards and then Gonzalez again for another eight. On a draw play, Jacquizz Rodgers got another first down run to bring it into the red zone.
Mike Tolbert had a ridiculously athletic catch on first down to bring up a short 2nd down. Then after a good tackle by Stephen Nicholas on the delay, the Panthers converted the 3rd-and-1 with Tolbert.
And then on 1st-and-10, the Panthers run their first quarterback draw of the day for a long touchdown.
Atlanta Falcons 0, Carolina Panthers 23 — 11:01 3rd Quarter
The Falcons offense has had it four times. Matt Bosher has four punts. There's a problem there. The offense is supposed to be one of the best in the NFL, but if they can't get it together, today will be the Falcons second loss.
To be fair, Julio should've caught previous pass to extend drive. All around slop.— Falcons RapidReports (@CBSFalcons) December 9, 2012
Atlanta has the ball back at the half and will be taking over at their own 20-yard line. The Falcons opened up in spread formation with a 16-yard and 12-yard pass from Matt Ryan to Roddy White. Then a 3-yard run by Michael Turner brought it past midfield.
On 2nd-and-7 from the Panthers 49, Ryan threw it in the dirt on a pass to Julio Jones. On 3rd-and-7, Ryan got hit again and yet another punting drive. The Falcons need to stop going three-and-out.
A good Matt Bosher punt leaves the Panthers at their own 14-yard line.
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