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NFL Game Summary - Atlanta at Carolina



(Sunday, November 3rd)

Final Score: Carolina 34, Atlanta 10

Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Cam Newton threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score in the Carolina Panthers' 34-10 victory over the struggling Atlanta Falcons.

Newton completed 23-of-37 passes for 249 yards and two interceptions for the Panthers (5-3), who have won four in a row.

Greg Olsen caught four passes for 66 yards and a touchdown for Carolina, which now trails New Orleans by one game for first place in the NFC South after the Saints lost to the Jets on Sunday.

Matt Ryan connected on 20-of-27 passes for 219 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions for the Falcons (2-6), who fell to 0-4 on the road this season.

Tony Gonzalez caught six passes for 81 yards and a score for Atlanta, which has lost two in a row. Steven Jackson carried the ball 13 times for 57 yards.

The Panthers jumped out to an early lead thanks to Luke Kuechly's interception of Ryan. Steve Smith gave Carolina a fresh set of downs with an 18-yard catch on 3rd-and-7, and the Panthers picked up another first down when Desmond Trufant was called for defensive pass interference on 3rd-and-4. Mike Tolbert capped the series with a 4-yard TD run.

The Falcons responded with a 13-play, 80-yard drive in which Gonzalez came up with three big catches to help move the ball to the Carolina 2-yard line. On Jackson rumbled into the end zone on third down, but the score was nullified by an offensive holding penalty and the visitors had to settle for a 28-yard Matt Bryant field goal with 14:09 left in the first half.

Atlanta got the ball back after Trufant picked off Newton on the following drive. The Falcons, though, went three-and-out.

"We did some good things," Trufant said. "Obviously, not enough to win, but we did some good things. We've got to put it all together. That's been our biggest problem. We haven't played a complete game yet, so we've just got to continue to improve."

Ted Ginn's 24-yard return of the resulting punt set up the Panthers at the Atlanta 34. On 4th-and-1, Newton found Olsen wide open off a play-action pass for a 14-yard score that made it 14-3 Carolina.

The Falcons responded with a touchdown of their own. Harry Douglas caught a 41-yard pass on the first play of the series, and Gonzalez caught a 14-yard pass on 3rd-and-3 before his 17-yard TD reception.

With time winding down in the first half, Newton led the Panthers down to the Atlanta 19-yard line. The Panthers came up with zero points, however, when Robert Alford picked off Newton in the right corner of the end zone.

"He got a little carried away early on and tried to make things happen," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said of Newton.

Carolina got a 55-yard field goal from Graham Gano in the early stages of the third quarter to extend the lead to 17-3. Thomas Davis picked off Ryan with 3 1/2 minutes left in the stanza to end a potential Atlanta scoring chance.

The Panthers scored a touchdown in the early stages of the fourth to create some distance. Brandon LaFell caught a 23-yard pass before recovering his own fumble at the Atlanta 8-yard line, and Newton followed with a rushing touchdown to make it 24-10 with nine minutes to play.

Thirty seconds later, Drayton Florence essentially sealed the victory with a 38-yard interception return of Ryan for a touchdown.

Gano added a 20-yard field goal with 1:13 remaining.

Game Notes

Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart, who was activated off the physically unable to perform list Saturday, carried the ball nine times for 43 yards in his season debut ... Carolina offensive lineman Jeff Byers left the game with an ankle injury ... The Panthers have scored at least 30 points in each of their last four games ... Falcons wide receiver Roddy White missed his third straight game due to ankle and hamstring issues.

11/03 17:53:43 ET

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 2013 American Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-New England 12 4 0 .750 444 338 8-0 4-4 4-2 9-3
NY Jets 8 8 0 .500 290 387 6-2 2-6 3-3 5-7
Miami 8 8 0 .500 317 335 4-4 4-4 2-4 7-5
Buffalo 6 10 0 .375 339 388 4-4 2-6 3-3 5-7
 
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y-Cincinnati 11 5 0 .688 430 305 8-0 3-5 3-3 8-4
Pittsburgh 8 8 0 .500 379 370 5-3 3-5 4-2 6-6
Baltimore 8 8 0 .500 320 352 6-2 2-6 3-3 6-6
Cleveland 4 12 0 .250 308 406 3-5 1-7 2-4 3-9
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Indianapolis 11 5 0 .688 391 336 6-2 5-3 6-0 9-3
Tennessee 7 9 0 .438 362 381 3-5 4-4 2-4 6-6
Jacksonville 4 12 0 .250 247 449 1-7 3-5 3-3 4-8
Houston 2 14 0 .125 276 428 1-7 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Denver 13 3 0 .813 606 399 7-1 6-2 5-1 9-3
x-Kansas City 11 5 0 .688 430 305 5-3 6-2 2-4 7-5
x-San Diego 9 7 0 .563 396 348 5-3 4-4 4-2 6-6
Oakland 4 12 0 .250 322 453 3-5 1-7 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
 2013 National Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Philadelphia 10 6 0 .625 442 382 4-4 6-2 4-2 9-3
Dallas 8 8 0 .500 439 432 5-3 3-5 5-1 7-5
NY Giants 7 9 0 .438 294 383 4-4 3-5 3-3 6-6
Washington 3 13 0 .188 334 478 2-6 1-7 0-6 1-11
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Green Bay 8 7 1 .531 417 428 4-3-1 4-4 3-2-1 6-5-1
Chicago 8 8 0 .500 445 478 5-3 3-5 2-4 4-8
Detroit 7 9 0 .438 395 376 4-4 3-5 4-2 6-6
Minnesota 5 10 1 .344 391 480 5-3 0-7-1 2-3-1 4-7-1
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Carolina 12 4 0 .750 366 241 7-1 5-3 5-1 9-3
x-New Orleans 11 5 0 .688 414 304 8-0 3-5 5-1 9-3
Atlanta 4 12 0 .250 353 443 3-5 1-7 1-5 3-9
Tampa Bay 4 12 0 .250 288 389 3-5 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Seattle 13 3 0 .813 417 231 7-1 6-2 4-2 10-2
x-San Francisco 12 4 0 .750 406 272 6-2 6-2 5-1 9-3
Arizona 10 6 0 .625 379 324 6-2 4-4 2-4 6-6
St. Louis 7 9 0 .438 348 364 5-3 2-6 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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