Panthers vs. Falcons: Takeaways from Atlanta's 21-20 Loss to Carolina

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Panthers vs. Falcons: Takeaways from Atlanta's 21-20 Loss to Carolina
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons finished their 2013 with a disappointing 21-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

The Falcons had opportunities late in the game to take the lead, but breakdowns along their offensive line prevented them from taking advantage. It marked the final game in the illustrious 17-year career of tight end Tony Gonzalez, and it's unfortunate that the Falcons couldn't send him off in style with a win.

Atlanta's record falls to 4-12 as they finish a very underwhelming 2013 season. The Falcons entered the season with Super Bowl aspirations, but instead became one of the weaker teams in the league thanks to injuries and inconsistent play. There will be opportunities for growth in 2014 as they evaluate their team, using both positive and negative assessments from the season finale to do so.

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