Atlanta Falcons sweep Panthers for third time in four years


The Atlanta Falcons swept the Carolina Panthers for the second straight year and third time in the last four seasons.

The Carolina Panthers are just what the doctor ordered for the Atlanta Falcons. Just an absolutely dominant performance by the Falcons today at Mercedes Benz Stadium in front of a less than the capacity crowd.

This helped the Falcons end their latest two-game losing streak and extended the Panthers to five straight losses.

The Falcons were at near full capacity on offense and it showed. Austin Hooper, Julio Jones, and Chris Lindstrom all made their presence felt Sunday. The most important had to be Lindstrom.

Despite not playing for a couple months, he showed why the Falcons took him in the first round of 2019 NFL draft. His talent is undeniable and even helped Kaleb McGary play better and more confident. It is no coincidence that Devonta Freeman scored his first rushing touchdown of the year with Lindstrom back in the lineup.

Julio Jones and Austin Hooper combined for seven catches and 98 yards. Matt Ryan went over 50 thousand yards for his career and is 11th all-time in touchdown passes thrown, cementing his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame whenever he decides to hang them up.

For just the second time in their three years together, Takk McKinley and Vic Beasley each recorded a sack in the same game; Beasley’s was a strip-sack. The Falcons defense got to quarterback Kyle Allen 11 times Sunday, including five sacks.

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There was a lot of good to take from Sunday’s win over the Panthers, but not enough to forget that Arthur Blank still needs to clean house. This was more of a reminder that there is talent here and the right coach and general manager should be able to come in get them to a championship level sooner than later.