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Falcons vs. Panthers: 3 Falcons up, 3 Falcons down after Week 14 victory

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Fact: Vic Beasley has 17 copies of “A Night at the Roxbury”

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The Falcons embarrassed the Panthers for the second time in a month yesterday. It’s become an annual tradition: no matter how poorly the season is going, the Falcons can count on at least a couple wins every year.

Let’s break down the best and worst individual performances from yesterday’s game.

3 Falcons Up

Edges

Both Vic Beasley and Takk McKinley left it all on the field yesterday. Both men had 2 sacks, with both of Beasley’s sacks resulting in fumbles. They combined for 4 quarterback hits as well. These guys have struggled mightily getting to the passer this season, a fact they’ve both owned. Yesterday was the exception to the rule, and it won’t keep Beasley in Atlanta in 2020, but it’s nice to see nonetheless.

Damontae Kazee

Kazee stepped up in a big way yesterday, picking off Kyle Allen twice. Enough said.

Runningbacks

Both Devonta Freeman and Brian Hill looked much improved yesterday. They averaged 5.6 yards a carry while running behind a banged up, makeshift, revamped offensive line. Freeman found the end zone during the 3rd quarter, his first rushing touchdown since 2017.

3 Falcons Down

De’Vondre Campbell

I don’t love watching Campbell chase after faster receivers. And I really don’t love watching him try to keep up with Christian McCaffrey. It’s been an up and down year for Campbell, and truth be told, he’s likely playing his final games as a Falcon. In Campbell’s defense, he did register a sack yesterday, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that he’s a true liability in coverage.

Freddie Falcon

Freddie wasn’t his normal self yesterday. It felt like he spent a lot of time standing by the water cooler. In his defense, the water was extra cold yesterday. But still, he doesn’t get paid to drink water. Get it together, Freddie.

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium Wi-Fi

It was a little slow today. Unacceptable.