Excruciating drop by Julio Jones helps Panthers get division win over Falcons

  • Excruciating drop by Julio Jones helps Panthers get division win over Falcons

Excruciating drop by Julio Jones helps Panthers get division win over Falcons

The Falcons were looking like they were the better team in the first half, then Atlanta does what it does best: blow leads. He wasn't even heard from after the break, but fantasy owners got the touchdown they needed. Things would have looked really different had Falcons' receiver not dropped what would have been a 39-yard touchdown with eight minutes remaining in the game, but luckily for the Panthers the All-Pro receiver couldn't bring it in despite being 10 yards clear of a defender. The Falcons lost, 20-17, dropping to 4-4 this year.

Stewart had two fumbles and four carries in the first quarter.

NEAL WITH THE STRIPS: Falcons safety Keanu Neal had a nice first quarter, forcing Stewart's two fumbles and recovering one. Ryan was picked off in the second quarter by Adams, who tallied his second interception in as many weeks. But the series resulted in a three-and-out with a repetitive first-snap handoff to running back Jonathan Stewart, a pass to Funchess over the middle that was broken up in tight coverage and a collapsed pocket that forced quarterback Cam Newton to scramble short of the first down. The drive ended in a field goal.

In a season already filled with its fair share of off-field drama, the Carolina Panthers locker room faced another emotional letdown this past week when wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was cast away to Buffalo. WR Brenton Bersin, who rejoined the Panthers during the week, was activated for the game. Defensive end Mario Addison followed up Horton's sack with one of his own on the next play for a 6-yard loss. The Falcons are home next Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Carolina will next host Miami on Monday Night Football in Week 10 before the bye week.

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