Carolina just clinched a 9-point victory over Atlanta by stopping the Falcons quickly on defense and running out the clock following Jonathan Stewart's 45-yard TD run.
The Panthers' 28-19 win improves Carolina's record to 4-5. The Panthers will have a chance to even that mark Thursday night, when they face Miami.
It was virtually a mistake-free game for the Carolina offense, which didn't turn the ball over. For the third straight game, Jake Delhomme didn't throw an interception.
The Panthers' defense came up with a couple of key interceptions of Atlanta's Matt Ryan -- by Sherrod Martin and Richard Marshall -- and that made the difference.
"Double Trouble" was huge in this one -- DeAngelo Williams and Stewart both ran for more than 80 yards. And the Panthers caught a break when Atlanta's powerhouse RB Michael Turner missed the entire second half with a severe ankle sprain -- he had rushed for 111 yards in the first, and the Falcons' offense was not the same without him.
I'll have my "5 Things I Liked About the Win" post coming in about an hour or so. This was a big one for the Panthers, who have now won four of their past six and are creeping back a little in the NFC.
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