Panthers vs. Falcons: 5 Things We Learned from Atlanta's 31-17 Win

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Panthers vs. Falcons: 5 Things We Learned from Atlanta's 31-17 Win
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The Falcons once again found themselves in a trying battle Sunday, needing a fourth-quarter rally to defeat their division rival Carolina Panthers 31-17 in front of fans at the Georgia Dome.

Michael Turner, who had struggled in previous weeks with his aggressive running game, finally came alive and led the Falcons to a solid victory.

Carolina, who had been nothing of a pushover in their first five games despite a 1-4 record entering the contest, gave the Falcons all they could handle.

Cam Newton, who was making a homecoming back to his home city, had another impressive rookie performance despite three interceptions.

Those three interceptions might have won the Falcons the game.

It surely is a breath of fresh air to see the Falcons win decisively, especially within the division, but there are still some things that need to be ironed out if this team is going to make a run for the playoffs.

Here are five things we learned from the Sunday's game.

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