Carolina Panthers Come Back After Week 3 Loss to Pluck the Atlanta Falcons

Eric QuackenbushSenior Analyst ISeptember 29, 2008

I was very anxious about the Panthers going into this game against the Falcons, but my only true fears were Matt Ryan and Michael Turner.

I know the Falcons have other weapons on both defense and offense, but those two are the names I hear about the most so I didn't really think Carolina had a whole lot to worry about. It turned out, aside from injuries during the game, my feelings were right.

Jake Delhomme looked like Superman yet again, with 20 completions out of 29 attempts for 294 yards and 2 TDs, all of which combined to earn him a 111.8 passer rating.

The offensive line did a terrific job also. They did not allow Delhomme to be sacked even once the entire game!

DeAngelo Williams had 16 carries for 57 yards, while Jonathan Stewart had 14 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown. Both backs looked really good and they both work really hard at their respective roles.

Muhsin Muhammad had a productive day with eight catches for 147 yards and a touchdown; complementing Moose's efforts was Steve Smith, who had six catches for 97 yards and a touchdown.

The Panthers defense played a respectable game, sacking Matt Ryan twice—once with rookie DE Hilee Taylor as he made his first career NFL sack, the other time with DE Julius Peppers. 

The defensive stand didn't end there, however, as the Panthers held Atlanta to only three field goals the entire game.

The fans in Charlotte really came to life in this matchup, creating a tremendous tremor every time the Falcons had the ball! Superb twelfth man effort by the fanbase!

The Panthers' next opponent is the Kansas City Chiefs who will be coming off a huge win over the Denver Broncos.

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