Atlanta and Carolina have played an interesting first half full on long scoring drives, with the Falcons leading 14-10 at halftime.
Carolina is having a hard time defending Michael Turner, who has 11 carries for 62 yards. The game has featured 3 TD drives of 80 yards or longer -- 2 by the Falcons, who are getting a controlled, no-mistakes passing effort from Matt Ryan.
Carolina actually has more yardage at halftime (193-165) but one play was the difference. Down 14-10 but with a first-and-goal at the Atlanta 10, Cam Newton tried to zing a pass into Steve Smith. Instead, it was tipped into the air by one Atlanta defensive back and intercepted by another.
At worst, without the turnover, Carolina would surely have gotten a field goal out of the drive.
One positive sign: On first-and-goal from the 1, Carolina ran Jonathan Stewart (instead of Newton) and he bulled his way in for the Panthers' only TD.
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