RUN OFFENSE: C-minus -- Stephen Davis ran for 84 yards on 21 carries and scored a touchdown, but more was expected against the league's 31st defense. Davis averaged just 3.4 yards per carry and he'll continue to find fewer holes to run with until the Panthers are able to establish a consistent passing attack. Davis seemed to re-injure his ankle on one run in the second quarter. But he sat out five plays and did return. DeShaun Foster saw his first action in three weeks and ran three times for 6 yards.
PASS OFFENSE: D -- Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme failed to have success against the league's worst pass defense, throwing for just 153 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Muhsin Muhammad had three catches for 53 yards but gave up on his route in overtime leading to Kevin Mathis' interception and 32-yard return allowing the Falcons to win the game 20-14. Although Delhomme was sacked just once, Carolina's pass protection wasn't very good. Tight end Jermaine Wiggins came up with a nice touchdown grab for the Panthers. Carolina continued to struggle on third downs, converting just 5 of 14 attempts.
RUN DEFENSE: F -- The Panthers allowed a season-high 224 yards on the ground, including 141 to quarterback Michael Vick. In their previous 12 games, the Panthers had allowed opposing quarterbacks to run for a combined 112 yards in the season, or less than 10 yards per game. Vick is now 3-0 against the Panthers, who simply don't have the speed to keep up with him. Vick looked like a 14-year old playing against a bunch of Pop Warner kids in a sandlot pickup game. The Panthers did get some good hits on Vick, but he kept bouncing back up. T.J. Duckett added 59 yards rushing and a touchdown on a 9-yard run. Carolina gave up two rushing touchdowns. The Panthers really missed Dan Morgan.
PASS DEFENSE: C -- Vick set up the passing game with his running and finished 16 of 33 for 179 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Carolina's safety had a terrible time defending tight end Alge Crumpler, especially down the stretch. Crumpler finished with five catches for 57 yards. Veteran strong safety Mike Minter really struggled in pass coverage. Carolina managed to sack Vick three times.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- John Kasay never got a chance to avenge last week's disastrous performance, converting on his only two extra point attempts. Todd Sauerbrun turned in one of his better performances of the season, although his numbers might have reflected it. Carolina's coverage teams still have not allowed a return for a touchdown this season. Carolina's return units were not very effective. The Panthers benefited from two short missed field goals by Jay Feely.
COACHING: C-minus -- The Panthers still haven't figured out how to defend Michael Vick. Part of that is they don't have the speed to do that. But still, there has to be a way to keep Vick from running wild, as he did on Sunday night. Carolina's offensive game plan left a lot to be desired as the Panthers finished with just 231 yards against the league's worst defense. Some players suggested after the game there was some finger-pointing going on in the locker room, and that is something head coach John Fox must nip in the bud.