Carolina 30, Atlanta 20

Date - 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, December 9, 2012
Location - Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
Temperature - 70°
Head Official - Ed Hochuli
Attendance - 73292

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Atlanta 0 0 7 13 20
Carolina 7 9 7 7 30

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Atlanta 11-2 6-0 5-2 L1
Carolina 4-9 2-5 2-4 W1

Recap


Panthers 30, Falcons 20:
Cam Newton passed for 287 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 116 yards and another score as host Carolina snapped a five-game losing streak against Atlanta. 

Steve Smith had seven catches for 109 yards for the Panthers, and DeAngelo Williams added 126 total yards and a touchdown. Matt Ryan passed for 342 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for the NFC South champion Falcons (11-2), who are still in position for the top seed in the NFC playoffs. 

With the exception of a kneel-down at the end of the first half, the Panthers (4-9) scored on their first five possessions with Newton's 72-yard touchdown run giving them a 23-0 lead with 11:01 left in the third quarter. The Falcons rallied from a 23-7 deficit to win 30-28 in the first meeting this season, but they couldn't finish the comeback this time. 

After getting within 23-13 on touchdown passes of 4 yards to Roddy White and 11 yards to Julio Jones, the Falcons drove into Carolina territory again, but Thomas Davis intercepted a Ryan pass on fourth-and-4 to thwart the rally. 

On the next possession, Williams took a short screen pass and went 53 yards for a score to seal it. 

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Panthers have won just three of the past 11 meetings with the Falcons. … Carolina's rushing totals of 199 and 195 are the two highest totals Atlanta has allowed this season. … Newton became the first quarterback in team history with 100 rushing yards in a game. 

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Atlanta   Carolina
Jacquizz Rodgers Player Cam Newton
4 Attempts 9
21 Yards 116
5.2 Avg Yards 12.9
0 Touchdowns 1
6 Long 72
Receiving
Atlanta   Carolina
Roddy White Player Steve Smith
9 Receptions 7
117 Yards 109
13.0 Avg Yards 15.6
1 Touchdowns 0
18 Long 22

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Atlanta 362 35 327 3 0 0 1.0 1
Carolina 475 195 280 3 3 1 2.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Carolina will play their next game on the road against San Diego. The Panthers have a W/L % of .308 after a win and .308 after a loss.
  • Atlanta will play their next game at home against N.Y. Giants. The Falcons have a W/L % of .846 after a win and .846 after a loss.