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The Falcons have handled the Panthers pretty well throughout the two teams’ history, and they continued that run with a 40-20 win over Carolina as they moved to 4-9 on the year. It was a bit of a snoozer of a first half, but the Falcons would turn it on in the second and not look back.
It wasn’t close from that point forward, with both the offense and the defense making plays where they needed to. The Falcons and 40 points — who would’ve thought it?
Matt Ryan continued to burnish his bona fides as the best quarterback in Atlanta history, becoming just the 10th quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 50,000 yards. He accomplished the feat in the first quarter on a 14-yard pass to Russell Gage.
Desmond Trufant, Calvin Ridley injured
Atlanta corner Desmond Trufant left Sunday’s game against the Panthers late in the second quarter with a forearm injury and would not return. Trufant is enjoying a very solid season, but unfortunately it’s over thanks to a broken forearm.
In similarly disconcerting injury news, wide receiver Calvin Ridley would have to be carted off in the third quarter. He would not return. Ridley looked shaken on the play, which is obviously not a good sign at all. We’ll provide updates as we receive them over the next couple of days.
Bosher back to IR
Matt Bosher, although listed as questionable through the week of practice, appeared primed to return from to game action after his stint on injured reserve. On Saturday the Falcons placed him back on IR after the he re-aggravated the groin injury that landed him there in the first place.
To fill his punting duties and spot on the roster, the Falcons re-signed Ryan Allen, who played in this afternoon’s game.
Roddy White inducted into the Ring of Honor
Roddy White is one of the most beloved Atlanta Falcons, and on Sunday he entered an elite group, becoming the 11th inductee into the Falcons’ Ring of Honor. Jeanna Thomas had a conversation with Roddy about his football career, the current state of the Atlanta Falcons, and life after hanging up the cleats.
DQ to Carolina?
It’s a foregone conclusion that Dan Quinn will be employed elsewhere at season’s end. But could his landing spot be the team that the Falcons just beat/lost to?
Vegas seems to think so. That likelihood currently sits at 6/1. The NFL is weird.
Something to prove
There’s a handful of Atlanta Falcons with something to prove over the final games of the season to show that they deserve an expanded role — or even just a spot on the roster.
Make Kenjon Barner a Falcon for life, please
If Kenjon Barner didn’t become your favorite Falcon for the way he handled (and came to terms with) Matt Bosher putting his soul through the turf last season, well, you’re a fun sponge. Barner has been a bright spot on special teams this season, and our Jeanna Thomas sat down with him to discuss his year in Atlanta, and got some expected great quotes.