The Elevator: Panthers Defense Allows Ryan, Falcons to Flourish

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Published: September 21, 2009

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... did so in a manner that was far less depressing than their Week 1 debacle against Philadelphia.  The Atlanta Falcons, donning throwback uniforms from the 1966 season, beat the Panthers 28-10 in the Georgia Dome.

The main issue for the Panthers on Sunday was their defense.  Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan could likely get away with not washing his uniform after he was relatively unaffected by the Panthers' fruitless pass rush.  Ryan finished the day with 220 yards on 21-of-27 passing with three touchdowns and an interception.

The Falcons were also able to move the ball on the ground, gaining a team total of 151 rush yards—105 of which were picked up by Michael Turner. 

The Panthers' main problem on the day was, as is apparent by the above two paragraphs, the defense.  Again, for the sixth consecutive game including the preseason, the opposing team was able to catch the ball, turn and move up the field before encountering a Panthers d...

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