The Atlanta Falcons have defeated Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football this Thursday in Charlotte. The final result of this match was 25-17 for the guests.
This is a huge win for the Falcons, who showed signs of life after the change at the head coach position. They managed to overcome Curtis Samuel’s excellent first half, in which he had two TDs, and go to a break with a 16-14 lead.
After pulling away to 8 points and missing a one-point conversion, Atlanta had to stop the Panthers’ last surge, which they did. Blidi Wreh-Wilson picked Teddy Bridgewater with just above a minute to go, securing the second win for his crew in the past three matches.
Younghoe Koo, the Falcons’ kicker, was the one who made the difference today, with four field goals, the longest 37 yards. Matt Ryan didn’t throw a single TD pass, recording 281 passing yards, 21-of-30, with one interception. However, he contributed a lot to his offense, with one rushing TD in the second period.
Julio Jones was, as usual, Ryan’s favorite target, with 137 yards in six catches. Hayden Hurst had 54 in five, and Calvin Ridley added 42 in three receptions before getting out due to an injury.
Todd Gurley had one running touchdown and 46 yards in 18 runs; Brian Hill added 55 on 11 snaps.
On the other side, Teddy Bridgewater had 176 yards through the air, for one TD and interception each. He briefly had to go out after one illegal hit received from DE Charles Harris, who was ejected because of that.
Teddy Bridgewater gets tripped by Dante Fowler and then takes a shot when he hits the ground. pic.twitter.com/uNI3U3rVKd
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) October 30, 2020
The above-mentioned Samuel had two scores, and 54 yards from the scrimmage. Mike Davis rushed for 66 yards on 13 carries, while DJ Moore caught 55 yards, and Robby Anderson 48.
Both sides had one turnover, and those were interceptions.
For Falcons, tonight’s win is a massive morale boost. They are far away from the playoffs, but at this point, the only thing that matters for them is to start winning, especially because of the new head coach, Raheem Morris.
Meanwhile, the Panthers had several solid games, playing above the expectations, but now, it seems that they slowly come back to old standards. They now have two very tough games ahead, against the Super Bowl champions, Chiefs on the road, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home.
Atlanta hosts Denver Broncos first and then visits the New Orleans Saints.