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NFL Week 14, Falcons vs. Panthers

Mike Smith upset by lack of execution on 3rd downs

The Falcons struggled on third downs on both sides of the ball in the loss to the Panthers on Sunday, which upset coach Mike Smith.

Falcons moving on from loss to Carolina

The Atlanta Falcons lost just their second game of the season on Sunday, and now they're focusing on the three games remaining on their regular season schedule.

Falcons struggling on third downs

The Atlanta Falcons have not fared well on third downs in recent weeks -- on either side of the ball.

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Falcons suffer upset loss to Panthers

The Atlanta Falcons will try to continue their winning ways on the road against Carolina on Sunday.

Jacquizz Rodgers seeing increased workload

Atlanta Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers is experiencing an increased workload as the season progresses and he continues to take a greater share of the carries from starter Michael Turner.

McClain has made Panthers regret cutting him

Robert McClain has played well for the Falcons this season after being let go by the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers. He'll get a chance to make the latter team further regret its decision on Sunday.

Koetter not worried about Ryan's dip in production

Atlanta Falcons quarterback threw six interceptions over his last three games, but offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter isn't getting caught up in that number.

Julio Jones looking for better offensive effort

The Atlanta Falcons gave up seven sacks in their first meeting with the Carolina Panthers, which is something Julio Jones does not want to see repeated this weekend.

Mike Smith: Panthers a 'very dangerous team'

Despite holding just a 3-9 record, Falcons coach Mike Smith believes the Panthers are a dangerous team.

Tony Gonzalez shrugs off Greg Hardy's trash talk

Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez shrugged off Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy's comments that Carolina was better than Atlanta.

Falcons D looking to limit Newton's rushing attack

The Falcons will make a concerted effort to limit Cam Newton's damage on the ground this weekend.

Atlanta needs to 'stay focused' against Carolina

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez believes the team cannot lose focus against the 3-9 Carolina Panthers.

Cam Newton ready for challenge vs. Falcons

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has played well in recent weeks and will provide a tough challenge for the Falcons' defense, especially on the ground.

Matt Ryan looks to bounce back in Week 14

Matt Ryan hopes to bounce back after completing a season-low 54.5 percent of his passes for just 165 yards in Atlanta's 23-13 win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 13.

Moore, Samuel sit out practice

Safety William Moore joined Asante Samuel as members of the Atlanta Falcons secondary sitting out of practice with injuries.

John Abraham causing havoc for opponents

Atlanta Falcons linebacker John Abraham has caused a lot of havoc for opposing quarterbacks this season. What was his key play against the New Orleans Saints last week?

Mike Smith strives for improved run defense

Coach Mike Smith addressed Atlanta's struggles against the run, as he and his coaching staff prepare to take on the Panthers on Sunday.

The Falcons open at -3.5 vs. the Panthers

The Atlanta Falcons open as a 3.5-point road favorite over the Carolina Panthers. Here's the full breakdown of the odds and over/under.

Smith keeps Falcons in gear

Falcons head coach Mike Smith says the team needs to keep winning in the regular season.

Moore, DeCoud playing at 'Pro Bowl level'

Atlanta Falcons safeties William Moore and Thomas DeCoud have both been playing at a high level. Do they deserve a trip to Hawaii this season?

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