Panther go 3-0 after 23-3 win over the Falcons

``This was real gratifying after six straight losses and them owning us,'' defensive end Brentson Buckner said. ``Now we know we can beat them.''

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. The Panthers went 3-0 after a 23-3 victory Sunday over Atlanta to snap Carolina's six-game losing streak to the Falcons.

``This was real gratifying after six straight losses and them owning us,'' defensive end Brentson Buckner said. ``Now we know we can beat them.''

Stephen Davis ran for 153 yards and his first touchdown of the season to become the first back in franchise history to open the season with three consecutive 100-yard games.

Davis, written off in Washington last season, now has 406 yards rushing in three games and has turned into the workhorse the Panthers had hoped for. He could have gone after Carolina's single-game franchise record of 168 yards, but sat most of the fourth quarter after just 21 carries.

``I had a lot more in me,'' Davis said with a sly grin. ``But I had a little headache, I just didn't want to tell you guys.''  

Davis reeled off a 29-yard run on Carolina's second possession to set up the Panthers' first rushing touchdown of the season. He scored on a 1-yard run eight plays later to put Carolina up 7-0.


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