Game Notebook: Falcons at Panthers

  • The Falcons won their second straight division game in come-from-behind fashion as K Matt Bryant split the uprights from 44 yards out with 2:12 remaining in the game to secure a two-point win over the Carolina Panthers.
  • QB Matt Ryan led the Falcons on a 12-play, 54-yard drive to setup the game-winning kick. He completed five passes for 43 yards on the drive, including a key eight-yard strike to WR Harry Douglas on third-and-five to move into field goal range.
  • Ryan led the Falcons on a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter for the second straight week and the third time this season. Sunday's win also marked the 26th time Ryan has led the Falcons on a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime (including playoffs) in his career.
  • The seventh-year signal caller from Boston College completed 31 of 45 pass attempts (68.9 percent) for 268 yards with one touchdown and a 91.7 passer rating.
  • Ryan hit WR Roddy White for a two-yard touchdown in the third quarter. The score was White's fifth touchdown of the season and the 60th of his career. White trails RB Michael Turner (61) for the franchise record for career touchdowns.
  • White finished the game with eight catches for 75 yards and one touchdown. He eclipsed 10,000 career receiving yards with an 11-yard reception in the third quarter. He has tallied 10,003 yards on 732 career receptions. He is one of eight active players to accomplish that feat and the 42nd player in NFL history to reach 10,000 receiving yards.
  • In his last five games against the Panthers, White has totaled 40 catches for 536 yards (107.2 per game), and six touchdowns. White has scored at least one touchdown in five straight games against the Panthers.
  • Bryant posted his second straight game with four field goals, connecting on kicks from 26, 34, 42, and 44 yards. He has hit four field goals in a single game 10 times in his career and five times as a Falcon. Bryant's teams are 9-1 when he connects on four field goals. Bryant has hit 29 consecutive field goals inside 50 yards dating back to 2013.
  • S Kemal Ishmael picked off QB Cam Newton on the Panthers first offensive possession. Ishmael has recorded three interceptions this season and has picked off one pass in each of the last two games. Additionally, all three of his interceptions this season have come against NFC South opponents.
  • Ishmael finished the game with six tackles (five solo), one interception and two passes defensed. The second-year safety from Central Florida has collared 55 tackles (39 solo) and is tied with CB Robert Alford for the team lead with three interceptions.
  • CB Desmond Trufant picked off Newton and returned the interception 19 yards to set up a Falcons field goal at the beginning of the second half. Trufant has notched three career interceptions with two of them coming against Newton at Bank of America Stadium.
  • Trufant has posted an interception or fumble recovery in each of his last three games against the Panthers. He finished the game with one interception and two passes defensed.
  • Atlanta has intercepted Newton five times in the last three games between the two NFC South rivals with Trufant (11/3/13) notching a pair of interceptions while Ishmael, CB Robert Alford (11/3/13), and S William Moore (12/29/13) have each picked off Newton once.
  • The Falcons have intercepted Newton 10 times in seven games, which is the clubs second most interceptions against any active quarterback. Atlanta has picked off Saints QB Drew Brees 20 times in 18 games and Giants QB Eli Manning nine times in six games.
  • Atlanta's defense notched its second straight game with multiple interceptions and multiple sacks. LB Paul Worrilow collared his first sack of the season, dropping Newton for a one-yard loss while rookie S Dezmen Southward logged his first career sack dropping Newton for a six-yard loss.
  • Worrilow notched a team-high nine tackles (six solo) with one sack, one tackle for loss, and one quarterback hit. He is the team's leading tackler with 97 total tackles (58 solo) on the season.
  • WR Eric Weems played a key role in the field position battle as the former Pro Bowl special teams ace notched a team record six special teams tackles (according to STATS LLC.). Since 1994, Weems is one of 11 players in the NFL to post six special teams tackles in a single game. According to STATS LLC., NY Jets RB Jerald Sowell set an NFL record with seven special teams tackles against the New England Patriots on 10/15/00.
  • According to STATS LLC., Weems' six special teams tackles are the most by an NFL player since 2011 when RB Mike Tolbert posted six tackles on special teams as a member of the San Diego Chargers.
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