Panthers' scraps out a sloppy victory over the Falcons 25-15
With a must win type of game to stay in the race for their division, the Carolina Panthers needed a bit of luck to pull off a shocking upset against the Atlanta Falcons. The first half was just a struggle for both teams to get past mid-field. Carolina's game plan was to keep the ball on the ground and not let PJ Walker make mistakes, while the Falcons were hoping for a miracle that their wide receivers would make some type of play. The Panthers scored their first touchdown of the night with four minutes left in the second quarter. Walker hooked up with Laviska Shenault Jr on a check down for a 40-yard race to the endzone to put the Panthers up 10-0.
Right after the touchdown, the Panthers' defense picked off Marcus Mariota on the ensuing possession to put Carolina in great position to add more points before half. Carolina extended their lead 13-3 and walked into the locker room with smiles on their faces.
Welp, smiling was not the theme for the Panthers in the second half. They allowed the Falcons to squat their way back into the game with a touchdown midway through the third and was scrambling to conjure some type of offense. The Thanksgiving prayer was answered as Walker hit his receiver for 40-yards. A couple plays later D'Onta Foreman rumbled into the endzone for a Panthers' touchdown. However, the celebration was put on ice, as their kicker missed an extra point.
Things got interesting late in the fourth, ATL scored a touchdown with under three minutes left in regulation to make it a one possession game. Carolina put the game on ice with a late score to take the Falcon's heart.