Streaks, Stats, & Notes For Week #17: Carolina Panthers At Atlanta Falcons
CAROLINA (11-4) at ATLANTA (4-11)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE — Panthers by 8
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Carolina 9-6, Atlanta 6-9
SERIES RECORD — Falcons lead 23-14
LAST MEETING — Panthers beat Falcons 34-10, Nov. 3, 2013
LAST WEEK — Panthers beat Saints 17-13; 49ers beat Falcons 34-24
AP PRO32 RANKING — Panthers No. 4, Falcons No. 25
PANTHERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (25), RUSH (11), PASS (28)
PANTHERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (2), PASS (7)
FALCONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (12), RUSH (32), PASS (6)
FALCONS DEFENSE — OVERALL (28), RUSH (31), PASS (25)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Panthers clinch NFC South and first-round bye with win. … Carolina seeking first division title since 2008. … Since division realignment in 2002, no NFC South team has won back-to-back titles. Falcons won division in 2012. … QB Cam Newton first NFL player to have more than 50 TDs passing with more than 25 TDs rushing in first three seasons. Newton has 62 TD passes, 28 TDs rushing. . WR Steve Smith expected to miss game with left knee sprain. Smith needs 55 yards for 10th season with at least 800 yards receiving. … TE Greg Olsen has TDs in last four games against Atlanta. … WR Brandon LaFell averaging 27.1 yards for 13 career TD catches. … CB Drayton Florence returned INT 38 yards for TD in win over Falcons on Nov. 3. … LBs Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly had INTs in last game against Falcons and last week’s win over Saints. … Kuechly leads NFL with 310 tackles since beginning career in 2012. His 24 tackles last week tied for most in NFL since 1994. … DE Greg Hardy had three sacks last week and has 20 in last 24 games. … Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez to play in final game before retirement. Gonzalez fifth in NFL history with 15,071 yards receiving. Has caught passes in 210 consecutive games, second-longest streak in NFL history behind Jerry Rice (274). … Gonzalez leads team with 79 catches, eight TDs. … QB Matt Ryan 5-0 at Georgia Dome against Panthers. … Ryan has third straight season with more than 4,000 yards passing (4,235). … WR Roddy White had best game of 2013 with 12 catches for 141 yards and TD against 49ers last week, but will have franchise-record streak of six-straight 1,000-yard seasons end. White has four TDs in last three games against Panthers. … WR Harry Douglas has first 1,000-yard season (1,009). … Undrafted rookie LB Paul Worrilow leads team with 114 tackles. Rookie CB Desmond Trufant leads team with 16 pass deflections. … Undrafted rookie LB Joplo Bartu has 79 tackles, 3 ½ sacks.
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