Offense struggles against Panthers
The Falcons continued their woes on the road, losing today to the Carolina Panthers 24-9. The Falcons have now lost five straight road games. The teams’ record falls to 2-2. The Panthers committed 11 penalties, but the Falcons were able to capitalize on the Panther mistakes.
Matt Ryan led the Falcons with 158 yards passing and completing 21 of 41 attempts. They couldn’t get Michael Turner going, as he was limited to 56 rushing yards on 18 carries. Jerious Norwood added 51 yards on 3 carries and 4 receptions. Roddy White led the receivers with 7 catches for 90 yards. The Falcons offense struggled on third down, only converting 2 of 15 attempts.
Defensively, the Falcons struggled to slow down the Panthers passing attack, giving up 294 yards in the air. Brent Grimes led the team with 10 tackles. Other notable contributions were made by: Curtis Lofton (8 tackles), Lawyer Milloy (5 tackles), Michael Boley (5 tackles), Erik Coleman (5 tackles), and Grady Jackson (4 tackles).
On special teams, Jason Elam connected on all of the Falcons scores with field goals of 33, and two of 44 yards. Michael Koenen had 6 punts for an average of 34.8 yards with 1 placed inside the 20. Adam Jennings average 12.5 yards on 2 punt returns, and Jerious Norwood averaged 18.5 yards on 2 kickoffs. John Abraham blocked a punt, but it was another failed chance to capitalize on a Panthers mistake.
The Falcons will have an even tougher road test next week taking on the Green Bay Packers (2-2) at Lambeau Field. The Falcons have won two of their last three however at Lambeau, however have lost their last two to the Packers. The Falcons are 1-9 in their last 10 road games. The Packers are 7-3 in their last 10 home games.