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Carolina Panthers Jump out to Big Halftime Lead over the Atlanta Falcons

The Carolina Panthers certainly don't look like they plan on losing games any time soon as they jump out to a big 28-0 halftime lead over the Altanta Falcons

  • The Carolina Panthers were not going to let what happened last week against the New Orleans Saints happen again today against the Atlanta Falcons. The Panthers' offense was clicking on all cylinders with drives of 80 yards, 93 yards and 80 yards all ending in touchdowns. After the first quarter, the Panthers were up 21-0 and had outgained the Falcons 260 yards to 53.
  • The big plays came from wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. who had two touchdown catches of 74 yards and 46 yards. This is a great testament not only to Ginn but also Cam Newton in him having faith in going to the veteran wide receiver after a few key drops against the Saints. Newton finished the half completing 12 of 17 passes for 246 yards and three touchdown passes.
  • The concern for all Panthers' fans though has to be at the end of the first half with Newton leaving for a play due to an injury but Derek Anderson came in and completed a 24 yard pass to Philly Brown down to inside the five yard line.
  • This wasn't the only injury in the final minute as tight end Greg Olsen went down with a knee injury but was able to walk off under his own power. This is certainly a good sign and with the lead the way it is I would not be surprised to see the coaching staff be cautious with him in the second half.
  • The offense was also moving the ball on the ground thanks to running back Jonathan Stewart who rushed for 75 yards on 10 carries and showed some explosion on a 44 yard run. He also had the game's first touchdown.
  • The Panthers have also now extended their streak of scoring 25 or more points in a game to 11 games, which is good enough for the fifth longest in NFL history.
  • The Panthers' defense has done an excellent job as well containing the Falcons, holding them to only 97 yards of total offense. This was due to an excellent job of the guys in the trenches, particularly Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short. Lotulelei has been getting regular pressure and has seen disrupting running plays. Short had the big play though when he had a strip sack that knocked the Falcons back and out of field goal range.
  • The big matchup entering this game was Julio Jones and Josh Norman, which after two quarters the Panthers' cornerback seems to be winning. Jones has caught four passes for 28 yards but has not had any big plays. The longest reception for Jones is only 14 yards.

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