Atlanta Falcons: Five things we learned in win over Panthers

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1) The Falcons will have a ton of momentum headed into 2016

Dec 27, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) carries the ball past Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson (95) in the first quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the gratifying win over Carolina, the Falcons were eliminated from the playoffs last night after a Minnesota Vikings win but the strong finish to their season is going to build a lot of momentum heading into 2016.

At worst the Falcons will finish with an 8-8 record and will not having a losing record for the first time since the 2012 season. If the Falcons were to knock off the New Orleans Saints in their season finale, the Dan Quinn led Falcons would finish with a respectable 9-7 record in his first year as head coach.

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This roster has several holes that need to be filled in order to take this team to the next level and that all starts with the offseason. the Falcons will be in the market for several positions including offensive line, wide receiver and linebacker and will have plenty of player to choose from via free agency and the 2016 NFL draft.

It’s a shame that the Falcons wasted a 5-0 record to start the year, but if someone had of told you that the Falcons would finish with a 9-7 record, many of you would be just fine with that. It’s going to take some time for Quinn to bring in the players he needs but when he does, watch out.