Panthers vs. Falcons: Halftime Notes

The Carolina Panthers have played nearly perfect over the first 30 minutes of the game and jumped out to a 24-3 lead over the Atlanta Falcons. These are a few notes from the first half of the game.

  • The first quarter was all about the Carolina Panthers offense, playing nearly perfect. They held the ball for 11:55 out of a possible 15 minutes and gained 164 total yards, 105 of them coming on the ground. The offensive line was a big reason for the success, protecting Cam Newton when he was in the pocket. Newton had seven completions in the first quarter to four different targets. They also dominated in the run game too, opening up running lanes for Newton and Jonathan Stewart.


  • In the second quarter though it was the Panthers’ defense that really opened this game up. The defensive line was getting steady pressure on Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan with two sacks by Charles Johnson and Kony Ealy. The pressure led to an overthrown pass by Ryan that was intercepted by Roman Harper and returned for a touchdown. The next series it was rookie Adarius Glanton with the big play, forcing a fumble on Roddy White. The fumble was returned by Thomas Davis down to the Falcons 10-yard line. It took Newton only one play to run it in for a touchdown.


  • The Panthers' offense has even looked good in the red zone which has been an area of concern all season. They have had three trips in the first half and after settling for a field goal on the first trip, they came away with two touchdowns. The first touchdown was a pass from Newton to Ed Dickson with three wide receivers bunched on the right side of the formation. The second touchdown was a run right up the middle powered by the offensive line and Cam Newton.

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