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The Atlanta Falcons managed to score 31 points against the Panthers (17 of which came in the fourth quarter), making it the third time this season that Atlanta has been able to score more than 30 points.
Prior to this game, Atlanta had lost its offensive identity and struggled with inconsistency in their three losses. Against Carolina, however, the offense as a whole looked like the Falcons from last year. Here are the grades for each unit:
Offensive Line: A-
The offensive line only gave up one sack, and for the most part gave Matt Ryan time in the pocket to throw the ball. The line also created huge running holes which propelled Turner to well over the 100-yard mark.
Ryan had a solid day completing 14-of-22 for 163 yards, 1 touchdown, and no interceptions. He did not do anything special, but also did not do anything to lose the game for the Falcons.
Running Backs: A
Michael Turner showed why he should still be considered a premier back in the NFL as he rushed for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns. He had his best game of the season by far and is a key ingredient for this offense for the rest of the season.
Receiving Core: B-
Tony Gonzalez had the most receptions with three and no one receiver did anything special. They did block well downfield as Turner was able to spring free for a run of 33-yards at one point in the game.