Panthers foil divided possibility during story with detriment in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) For a initial time this season, there was no large quip for Carolina. No purchase play during a pivotal moment. No dear mistake by a competition in a final few minutes.

The ideal start is over for Cam Newton and a Panthers.

After Julio Jones’ fantastic 70-yard touchdown accepting in a third entertain gave Atlanta a lead, a Panthers came adult dull in dual security in a final 3 mins as a Falcons hold on for a 20-13 feat on Sunday.

Carolina (14-1) got a round for a final time with 90 seconds left and no timeouts remaining. Newton finished a 19-yard pass to Corey Brown on initial down though fumbled when nude by Vic Beasley Jr. on a following play. Adrian Clayborn recovered for a Falcons, jacket adult a win.

It was Carolina’s initial regular-season detriment given Nov. 30, 2014, during Minnesota. The Panthers did not get into a finish section after their opening drive.

”That’s unacceptable, quite during this time of a year,” Newton said.

Newton pronounced manager Ron Rivera pronounced a group played as if it was watchful for a turnaround that never came.

Newton, a Panthers’ MVP claimant with a Superman jubilee pose, was usually OK. He threw for 142 yards and was hold though a touchdown pass for usually a second time this season. He ran for 46 yards, including an 8-yard scoring run on a Panthers’ opening drive.

After that, Carolina’s usually points came on dual second-half margin goals from Graham Gano.

Carolina’s 13 points set a deteriorate low. The Panthers had scored during slightest 24 points in 13 true games.

”We’re 14-1 now,” Newton said. ”We put ourselves in a conditions that we can use this as fuel to a fire.”

The Falcons (8-7) marred a Panthers’ bid for a ideal deteriorate usually dual weeks after being shamed in a 38-0 detriment during Carolina.

”I noticed this diversion as a measuring hang for us,” Atlanta manager Dan Quinn said. ”I wanted to see how a group would respond after a diversion adult there.”

Matt Ryan threw for 306 yards and one touchdown for a Falcons. Devonta Freeman ran for 73 yards and a TD.

Carolina indispensable a win or tie or an Arizona detriment or tie opposite Green Bay to bind home-field advantage for a NFC playoffs. But a Cardinals (13-2) cruised to a 38-8 feat over a Packers.

Jones got a best of his much-anticipated matchup with Carolina cornerback Josh Norman. Jones had 9 catches for 178 yards, including a thespian touchdown catch.

Jones reached above linebacker Luke Kuechly for a locate as Panthers reserve Kurt Coleman slipped, withdrawal a transparent trail for Jones to a finish zone. The play put Atlanta forward to stay during 14-10.

”Julio done a good play on it,” Kuechly said. ”That’s unequivocally all there is. we suspicion we was in a good spot, though he went adult and got it.”

Atlanta’s Shayne Graham kicked margin goals of 37 and 54 yards in a final 3 minutes.

Carolina trailed 14-10 in a fourth entertain when Ryan mishandled a shotgun snap from a Panthers 37. Norman recovered a fumble, environment adult Gano’s 47-yard margin idea that cut Atlanta’s lead to 14-13.

Carolina’s invulnerability drew dual unsportsmanlike control penalties, including one on cornerback Charles Tillman that helped keep a Falcons’ marathon touchdown expostulate alive on their initial possession.

The Falcons were stopped on a third-down deficient pass before Tillman became caught with Atlanta far-reaching receiver Roddy White. Tillman drew a dwindle to keep Atlanta’s offense on a margin for a 16-play, 80-yard touchdown expostulate that lasted some-more than 9 minutes. Freeman scored from a 4 on a initial play of a second entertain for a 7-7 tie.

Rivera pronounced he would speak with a joining bureau about a chastisement though pronounced ”There’s zero we can do about it. We didn’t get off a field. We’re not creation any excuses.”

NOTES: The detriment snaps a Panthers’ strain of 18 true regular-season wins. … Falcons DT Paul Soliai (calf) and WR Eric Weems (concussion) left with injuries. Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker was carted to a locker room with a right ankle injury. … White had 5 catches for 67 yards.

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