Closer look at Falcons-Panthers game

November 2, 2013 

ATLANTA (2-5) at CAROLINA (4-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox-54, WIOL-FM 95.7

Opening the line: Panthers by 7 1-2

Record vs. the spread: Atlanta 2-5, Carolina 4-3

Series record: Falcons lead 23-13

Last meeting: Panthers beat Falcons 30-20, Dec. 9, 2012

Last week: Falcons lost to Cardinals 27-13; Panthers beat Buccaneers 31-13

Streaks, stats, notes: Panthers have won four of last five games; Falcons have lost four of last five. ... Falcons QB Matt Ryan has nine touchdown passes and seven interceptions in team's five losses. Ryan has five TD passes and no INTs in two wins. ... Ryan is 5-1 in last six starts against Carolina with 13 TD passes and three INTs. ... RB Steven Jackson is NFL's leading active rusher with 10,221 yards. ... TE Tony Gonzalez has caught pass in 202 straight games. ... WR Roddy White has caught TD pass in last three games against Carolina. White caught 17 passes for 286 yards receiving and three TDs in two games last season vs. Carolina. But he is dealing with ankle and hamstring injuries. ... Panthers' offense ranks first in time of possession (33:40 per game) and tied for first with most drives of five-plus minutes. ... QB Cam Newton has eight combined touchdowns -- six passing and two rushing -- and no turnovers in last three games. ... Newton had 287 yards passing and two TDs and 116 yards rushing and one score in last game against Atlanta. ... RB DeAngelo Williams has scored touchdown in three straight games vs. Atlanta. ... Williams, Tony Dorsett and Ricky Williams are only running backs to rush for 6,000 career yards in college and NFL. ... RB Mike Tolbert has four TDs in past three games. ... TE Greg Olsen has touchdown reception in four of last five games against Atlanta. .. S Mike Mitchell has three INTs, two forced fumbles and two sacks in seven games. ... DE Greg Hardy has 14 sacks in last 16 games. ... DE Charles Johnson has five sacks in last four games against Atlanta. ... Carolina allowing 13.7 points per game on defense. Only Kansas City (12.3) is allowing fewer. points per game.

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