The Atlanta Falcons have rediscovered their operating sport late within the season and it has come from an surprising supply.
The Falcons practically rushed for 200 yards for a second straight week — settling for 195 — and beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10, giving Atlanta its second straight win. It was the seventh straight loss for Carolina and the second time this season the Falcons have overwhelmed the Panthers.
The majority of the yardage got here from Brian Hill, who bought an opportunity to play when rookie Ito Smith injured his knee final week and was positioned on injured reserve. Hill ran eight occasions for 115 yards, not distant from his profession whole of 164 yards in 16 earlier video games, and had a long term of 60 yards.
“It was thrilling,” Hill mentioned. “I used to be excited all week, figuring out I used to be going to get an opportunity to run the ball. I began out slightly shaky on the market, however I am completely happy I might flip it round.”
Tevin Coleman, who rushed for 145 yards per week in the past towards Arizona, added 51 yards on 10 carries. The sport benefited from adjustments on the offensive line; rookie Ty Sambrailo began at proper deal with and Zane Beadles began at proper guard.
Quarterback Matt Ryan was impressed by Hill.
“I assumed he ran the ball rather well,” Ryan mentioned. “Between the deal with, very nice job, he was bodily. He is a man that has labored exhausting for us and eventually has gotten his alternative and he took benefit of that.”
The operating sport partnered with Ryan, who threw for 239 yards and three touchdowns and was sacked just one time. Ryan threw touchdowns to Julio Jones (4 catches for 28 yards), Calvin Ridley (three catches for 90 yards) and Mohamed Sanu (5 catches for 81 yards).
The Atlanta protection got here to play, too. They got here up with three interceptions to assist wreck the primary profession begin for Carolina quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who accomplished 33-of-53 passes for 274 yards and one landing.
However Jack Crawford intercepted one cross to cease a Carolina scoring drive earlier than the half. Brian Poole and Isaiah Oliver got here up with interceptions, too, and Oliver recovered a fumble brought on by Deion Jones. It offset any momentum the Panthers had been in a position to construct, despite the fact that they rushed for 141 yards and managed the clock for practically 38 minutes.
“That type of end, that type of effort is essential,” Falcons head coach Dan Quinn mentioned. “We have to do it with poise, however having that type of end on the finish is a part of our identification, our fashion and our toughness. That can all the time be the way in which we need to assault.”
The Falcons had been in a position to maintain Carolina operating again Christian McCaffrey off the board, despite the fact that he rushed for 101 yards and caught 12 passes for 77 yards. McCaffrey has 106 receptions this season. He grew to become the third operating again in NFL historical past to hurry for 1,000 yards and catch 100 passes.
The loss ended the miniscule mathematical probabilities for Carolina to make the playoffs. It was Atlanta’s second highway win of the season.