Atlanta 31, Carolina 17

Sunday, October 16, 2011 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, October 16, 2011
WHERE: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
TEMPERATURE: DOME
HEAD OFFICIAL: Peter Morelli
ATTENDANCE: 69047

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Carolina 3 7 7 0 17
Atlanta 7 7 0 17 31

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Carolina 1-5 1-2 0-3 L3
Atlanta 3-3 2-1 1-2 W1

Recap

Michael Turner gashed the Carolina Panthers on the ground and rookie Cam Newton threw three interceptions — including two late in the fourth quarter - as the Atlanta Falcons secured a 31-17 home victory on Sunday.

Turner topped 100 yards rushing for the third time this year with a season-high 139 yards and scored twice. It was Turner's 22nd 100-yard game with the Falcons, which is tied for the second-most in franchise history behind Gerald Riggs.

Newton failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first game of his brief career.

Quarterback Matt Ryan threw one touchdown pass and added another on the ground to give the Falcons the lead for good. Ryan improved to 22-3 at home, including a 4-0 mark at home against the Panthers.

The Falcons have won five of the past six meetings between the NFC South rivals.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Carolina   Atlanta
Jonathan Stewart Player Michael Turner
7 Attempts 27
48 Yards 139
6.9 Avg Yards 5.2
1 Touchdowns 2
13 Long 33
Receiving
Carolina   Atlanta
Steve Smith Player Harry Douglas
5 Receptions 2
66 Yards 57
13.2 Avg Yards 28.5
0 Touchdowns 0
24 Long 34

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Carolina 365 139 226 2 1 0 1.0 0
Atlanta 325 166 159 4 1 3 1.0 2

Upcoming Games

  • Atlanta will play their next game on the road against Detroit. The Falcons have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Carolina will play their next game at home against Washington. The Panthers have a W/L % of .167 after a win and .167 after a loss.
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