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Carolina Panthers Vs. Atlanta Falcons: From We Dat To Beat The Cats

Week 16 didn't go quite how Atlanta Falcons fans hoped, with the likely No. 5 seed New Orleans Saints splitting the season series, but nothing would put that in the rear view quite like clinching Mike Smith's first NFC South title and the franchise's first No. 1 seed since 1980. 1980! The Birds can do it this week by beating the Carolina Panthers, who happen to be the league's worst team, but don't count out the Cats.

Cause for concern: in the first meeting between these teams, Carolina ran for 212 yards. Sort of a misleading stat, since much of that yardage came in garbage time when the Falcons were playing loose to shut off deep passes, and anybody can run on soft zones from nickel sets. But the Panthers have had solid ground days against the Falcons in recent years, including a 185-yarder last year.

Plus this is likely John Fox's last game as Panthers coach. Think he might like to completely rearrange the NFC playoff picture on his way out?

Still, we shouldn't be all that worried. The Falcons won that game by three touchdowns, and that was in Atlanta East with somewhat less to play for. Atlanta knows this game is the difference between taking a week off before welcoming the Saints or Packers back to the Georgia Dome and having to travel, risk injury, and travel again to New Orleans, Philly, or Chicago.

More to come throughout the week on a very big divisional game.


Next Game

Carolina Panthers
@ Atlanta Falcons

Sunday, Jan 2, 2011, 1:00 PM EST
Georgia Dome

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Panthers Schedule

@ New York Giants Sun 09/12 L 18 - 31
Tampa Bay Sun 09/19 L 7 - 20
Cincinnati Sun 09/26 L 7 - 20
@ New Orleans Sun 10/03 L 14 - 16
Chicago Sun 10/10 L 6 - 23
San Francisco Sun 10/24 W 23 - 20
@ St. Louis Sun 10/31 L 10 - 20
New Orleans Sun 11/07 L 3 - 34
@ Tampa Bay Sun 11/14 L 16 - 31
Baltimore Sun 11/21 L 13 - 37
@ Cleveland Sun 11/28 L 23 - 24
@ Seattle Sun 12/05 L 14 - 31
Atlanta Sun 12/12 L 10 - 31
Arizona Sun 12/19 W 19 - 12
@ Pittsburgh Thu 12/23 L 3 - 27
@ Atlanta Sun 01/02 1:00 PM EST


Passing

Passing Rushing Sacks
G Rating Comp Att Pct Yds Y/G Y/A TD INT Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Sack YdsL
Jimmy Clausen 12 56.8 138 266 51.9 1376 114.7 5.2 2 8 23 57 4.8 2.5 0 30 195
Matt Moore 6 55.6 79 143 55.2 857 142.8 6 5 10 5 25 4.2 5 0 13 90
Tony Pike 1 60.1 6 12 50 47 47 3.9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 10
Brian St. Pierre 1 48.7 13 28 46.4 173 173 6.2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 23

Rushing

Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD
Jimmy Clausen 12 23 57 4.8 2.5 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Armanti Edwards 2 1 7 3.5 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
David Gettis 14 2 -17 -1.2 -8.5 -6 0 33 475 33.9 14.4 88 3
Mike Goodson 15 101 438 29.2 4.3 45 3 38 321 21.4 8.4 32 0
Matt Moore 6 5 25 4.2 5 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dante Rosario 14 1 -2 -0.1 -2 -2 0 30 245 17.5 8.2 26 0
Steve Smith 14 1 9 .600 9 9 0 46 554 39.6 12 39 2
Jonathan Stewart 13 165 739 56.8 4.5 48 2 8 103 7.9 12.9 55 1
Tyrell Sutton 7 11 58 8.3 5.3 32 0 9 49 7 5.4 12 0
Josh Vaughan 2 3 7 3.5 2.3 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
DeAngelo Williams 6 87 361 60.2 4.1 39 1 11 61 10.2 5.5 14 0

Receiving

Receiving
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG Lng TD
David Clowney 4 4 46 11.5 11.5 25 0
Armanti Edwards 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
David Gettis 14 33 475 33.9 14.4 88 3
Mike Goodson 15 38 321 21.4 8.4 32 0
Jeff King 11 17 120 10.9 7.1 16 1
Brandon LaFell 12 34 405 33.8 11.9 44 1
Dante Rosario 14 30 245 17.5 8.2 26 0
Steve Smith 14 46 554 39.6 12 39 2
Jonathan Stewart 13 8 103 7.9 12.9 55 1
Tyrell Sutton 7 9 49 7 5.4 12 0
DeAngelo Williams 6 11 61 10.2 5.5 14 0

Returns

Kickoff Returns Punt Returns
G KR YDS AVG Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
David Gettis 14 8 145 18.1 28 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Goodson 15 46 1019 22.2 46 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jeff King 11 1 11 11 11 0 0 0 0 0 0
Captain Munnerlyn 15 2 87 43.5 64 0 30 327 10.9 37 0
Eric Norwood 10 1 17 17 17 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jordan Pugh 10 9 218 24.2 32 0 0 0 0 0 0
Steve Smith 14 0 0 0 0 0 6 46 7.7 32 0
Tyrell Sutton 7 1 12 12 12 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jamar Williams 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Devin Thomas 0 3 63 21 26 0 0 0 0 0 0

Punting

Punting
G Punts Yds AVG Lng In20 TB
Jason Baker 15 88 3753 42.6 57 21 6

Kicking

Field Goals PAT
G 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ FGM FGA PCT XPM XPA PCT pts
John Kasay 15 0 - 0 8 - 8 2 - 2 11 - 14 3 - 4 24 28 90.0% 16 16 100.0% 88

Defense

Sacks Interceptions Tackles
G Sacks YdsL Int Yds IntTD Solo Ast Total
James Anderson 15 3.5 25.5 1 1 0 92 24 116
Jon Beason 15 1 7 1 7 0 81 26 107
Mackenzy Bernadeau 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tyler Brayton 13 0 0 0 0 0 16 6 22
Everette Brown 12 3.5 33 1 0 0 20 5 25
Dan Connor 7 1 10 0 0 0 33 14 47
Tony Fiammetta 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Gamble 10 0 0 0 0 0 32 3 35
Charles Godfrey 15 0 0 5 112 0 67 12 79
Jordan Gross 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greg Hardy 14 3 14 0 0 0 17 4 21
Nic Harris 9 1.5 13 0 0 0 23 7 30
Nick Hayden 11 1 10.5 0 0 0 19 9 28
Abdul Hodge 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Marcus Hudson 10 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 5
J.J. Jansen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Charles Johnson 15 11.5 92 0 0 0 51 10 61
Ed Johnson 10 0 0 1 5 0 15 7 22
Ryan Kalil 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Derek Landri 15 3 14 0 0 0 31 11 42
Richard Marshall 15 1 7 3 91 0 71 13 84
Sherrod Martin 13 0 0 1 34 0 50 23 73
Robert McClain 7 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 7
Captain Munnerlyn 15 0 0 3 37 0 38 4 42
Andre Neblett 4 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 7
Eric Norwood 10 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Jordan Pugh 10 0 0 1 -2 0 5 3 8
Geoff Schwartz 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jordan Senn 9 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 6
Travelle Wharton 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jason Williams 5 0 0 0 0 0 10 4 14
Jamar Williams 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 7
Garry Williams 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C.J. Wilson 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Louis Leonard 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2


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