The Falcons kept it relatively close and competitive unlike previous losses, as the game was within one score until midway through the fourth quarter. Then the Panthers were able to put up three scores in the final nine minutes of the game and blow up the scoreboard.
Now officially at the midpoint through the 2013 season, the Falcons' record stands at 2-6 and will need an improbable second-half comeback to even sniff the playoffs. Instead of playing for the postseason, the Falcons have reached a point in their season where they are simply playing for pride and respect.
As they do so in the second half of the year, there will be both positives and negatives that they can take away from Sunday's game.