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Falcons vs. Panthers: a quick look at the series history

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The Falcons play their second divisional game of the season tomorrow. And fresh off a much-needed win over the Saints last weekend, the Falcons can officially kick off a winning streak ... if they find a way to win tomorrow. That’s sayin’ something.

The Falcons and the Panthers have played some heated football games. So let’s take a quick look at this series history because, why not?

The Falcons get to play the Panthers twice a year. Interestingly, they’ve never faced off in the playoffs. The Falcons hold a respectable 30-18 lead in this series.

Historically there have been stretches where the Falcons simply dominated the Panthers. For example, between 1998 and 2004, the Falcons won 12 of the 15 games they played against the Panthers. Along those same lines, the Falcons have won 6 of their last 7 games against the Panthers, taking us all the back to December 2015. But let’s be kind, because when your franchise quarterback has a career completion percentage of 59.6, winning games is hard.

The Falcons and the Panthers first played on September 3, 1995; the Falcons won that game in overtime, 23-20. The last time these two teams faced off was on December 23, 2018; the Falcons won that game, 24-10. During their last meeting, Matt Ryan put up an efficient line, going 15 of 26 for 239 yards and 3 touchdowns. Brian Hill was the Falcons’ leading rusher that day, racking up 115 yards on 8 carries. (Let’s hope for a repeat performance tomorrow!)

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