The Falcons came to Charlotte and absolutely dominated this game from start to finish. In every phase.
It was tough to watch if you’re a Panthers fan. If you’re a Falcons fan, you’re probably wondering where this has been all year. It was a perfect storm for Atlanta. They were coming off of a dominant win in New Orleans against a surging Saints team. The Panthers had lost a heart breaker in Green Bay and Kyle Allen had turned the ball over five times in his last three games.
This was a must-win for the Panthers if they wanted to keep their playoff hopes alive and they didn’t deliver. Time after time it seemed like Carolina would shoot themselves in the foot after a solid play. Greg Olsen called it “a comedy of terrible football.” The bottom line is that the Panthers made too many costly mistakes and the Falcons made them pay.
Turnovers And Penalties
Kyle Allen did not play well today. His youth was on full display and the Falcons took full advantage. He had two costly red-zone interceptions and three before halftime alone.
It all started in the trenches. The Panther offensive line looked lost today, allowing five sacks. The Falcons were in Allen’s face for most of the day as Allen was rushed into multiple bad decisions that led to costly turnovers.
Even when the Panthers looked like they had life and were driving before halftime, they would commit costly penalties and negate big plays. When they did get in scoring position on their last drive before halftime, Allen was picked off and the Panthers went into halftime trailing 20-0.
The second half wasn’t much different. Missed opportunities, turnovers, and lack of energy doomed the Panthers throughout the game. Christian McCaffery and D.J. Moore were the lone bright spots for the Panthers, accounting for 286 of the Panthers 347 total yards.
Falcons Had “The Juice”
Give the Falcons credit, they have dominated the past two weeks, not allowing a touchdown in their last 8 quarters of football. Their pass rush has racked up 11 sacks in these last two games. They outplayed the Panthers O-Line from start to finish. This is a Falcons team that many saw competing for the NFC South title this season and they showed what they are capable of in these last two games.
It doesn’t get much easier going forward for the Panthers as they face the Saints next week in New Orleans.