NFL Power Rankings: Panthers rise, Patriots fall in Week 13

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Nov 29, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman (26) runs in the first quarter of their game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Georgia Dome. The Vikings won 20-10. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports


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The Atlanta Falcons’ free fall continued, as they dropped their fourth straight game. Turnovers are killing them, and they gave away the ball three more times against the Vikings on Sunday.

Tevin Coleman actually played pretty well in relief of Devonta Freeman, who missed the game with a concussion. But he made a huge error early in the game, breaking out on a 46-yard gain before the ball was punched out of his grasp. It’s his third fumble of the season, and it was costly.

The Falcons need Freeman back this week to kickoff a three-game road streak. The playoffs aren’t out of sight, but Atlanta must take care of the football and build some confidence. Hey, the Carolina Panthers did it a year ago. Why can’t the Falcons?

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