Ryan, Falcons avenge earlier loss to Panthers, 25-17

Matt Ryan threw for 281 yards and ran for a landing, Younghoe Koo made 4 box objectives and the Atlanta Falcons hung on to overcome the Carolina Panthers 25-17 to steer clear of a sequence season sweep

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — This time, the Atlanta Falcons completed.

Matt Ryan threw for 281 yards and ran for a landing, Younghoe Koo made 4 box objectives and the Atlanta Falcons hung on to overcome the Carolina Panthers 25-17 on Thursday evening at the back of a robust defensive efficiency to steer clear of a sequence season sweep.

The Falcons (2-6) have had a penchant for squandering leads, getting into the sport 1-Three when main getting into the fourth quarter. Carolina used to be riding overdue, however Atlanta stopped the rally when Blidi Wreh-Wilson intercepted Teddy Bridgewater close to the Falcons’ 10-yard line with 1:04 final.

“That’s what we’ve been speaking about, finishing video games with both sacks or interceptions and the blokes went out these days and did precisely that,” Falcons trainer Raheem Morris. “The ball went up within the air and Blidi got here down with it and it used to be superior.”

Todd Gurley grinded out 46 yards dashing and a landing, Julio Jones added 137 yards receiving in opposition to a banged-up Panthers secondary and the Falcons protection restricted the Panthers to two of 10 on 3rd down conversions to make stronger to 2-1 since Morris changed Dan Quinn as head trainer.

Panthers trainer Matt Rhule stated it felt like Bridgewater used to be repeatedly underneath duress.

“We had a difficult time blocking off their entrance,” Rhule stated. “We were not in a position to get our receivers concerned. We have been 2 of 10 on 3rd downs and we will’t reside like that.”

Bridgewater attempted to spur Carolina to a comeback in entrance of a sparse crowd of five,240 because of COVID-19 after Koo ignored an additional level that might have made it a two-possession sport.

Bridgewater, who used to be knocked out of the sport for 2 possessions with a neck damage following a overdue hit through Charles Harris — one who ended in him being ejected — took over with the Panthers down through 8 issues with lower than Three mins to play. He finished a 35-yard strike to D.J. Moore on 3rd and 18 to transport the Panthers into Falcons territory. However his ultimate go used to be simply picked.

Bridgewater used to be restricted to 176 yards passing because the Panthers (Three-Five) misplaced their 3rd directly sport with out injured Christian McCaffrey.

“I don’t suppose any folks performed actual neatly this night,” Rhule stated of Bridgewater’s efficiency.

Mentioned Bridgewater: “Difficult loss and we need to in finding tactics to complete the sport. That may’t be the average factor round right here — arising quick.”

The Falcons avenged a 23-16 loss to Carolina 18 days in the past during which Bridgewater threw for 313 yards and two rankings and Mike Davis piled up 149 yards dashing. Davis used to be held to 77 yards this time on a rainy box the place avid gamers mechanically swapped cleats to evolve to the converting stipulations.

However Jones did not play within the first assembly.

He used to be an enormous distinction on this one, surroundings the tone through hauling in catches two catches for 52 yards at the sport’s first two performs. Enjoying in opposition to a Panthers secondary that used to be already with out two starters and misplaced every other when Donte Jackson reinjured his toe within the first part, proved to be simple pickings for Jones.

“It’s amusing, no query about it,” Ryan stated of getting Jones within the lineup. “The best way we began the sport is after we’re at our easiest, play-action go. I’m hoping it’s the beginning of one thing. I truly really feel like, despite the fact that we’re 2-6, we’ve been in some tight ones.”

SAMUEL’S BIG DAY

The Panthers had opened a 14-6 lead in the second one quarter when Bridgewater discovered Curtis Samuel for a 29-yard landing go on a neatly arrange flea flicker. It used to be Samuel’s 2nd TD of the part, scoring previous on a 12-yard run up the center to provide Carolina its first lead.

The 24-year-old Samuel has 3 occupation video games with a TD dashing and receiving, which trails best Jerry Rice (Five) amongst extensive receivers within the Tremendous Bowl technology.

RYAN’S RUN

Ryan stated he wasn’t positive if he would get to the tip zone on a 13-yard TD run within the first part however knew he had a possibility when cornerback Troy Delight slipped whilst seeking to chase him down.

“Simply rapid sufficient,” Ryan stated. “I believe like I’ve at all times been that method right through my occupation, simply rapid sufficient to cause them to pay occasionally on 3rd downs. It used to be a large ranking for us there. We truly wanted it.”

When requested in regards to the reactions of his teammates, Ryan stated, “I will be able to’t inform in the event that they’re guffawing at me or simply having a great time and excited for it.”

INJURIES

Falcons: Huge receiver Calvin Ridley left the sport in the second one quarter with an ankle damage after creating a reception within the purple zone and didn’t go back. Morris presented no replace on his standing after the sport. … Cornerback Kendall Sheffield left the sport early with a head damage, however did go back.

Panthers: Cornerback Donte Jackson’s lingering toe damage compelled him to depart the sport early once more, and the banged-up Panthers secondary needed to end with rookie Troy Delight and Corn Elder at cornerback spots.

UP NEXT

Falcons: Host the Broncos on Nov. eight

Panthers: Open the second one part of the season on the protecting Tremendous Bowl champion Chiefs on Nov. eight.

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