Falcons vs. Panthers Part 2: A Look At The History Of The Series


The Falcons and Panthers face off in a meaningful clash in December for the first time in several years. Each is in the current Wildcard hunt and looking to make their first playoff appearance since 2017.

While the Falcons have had an incredible back-and-forth history against the Buccaneers and Saints, the Panthers are the divisional rival the Birds have typically beaten for the most part.

After winning the first clash of this season, the Panthers have moved closer to series history, which now sits at 33-20 in favor of Atlanta. It was Carolina’s second victory in the last three meetings, after the Birds had won eight of the previous nine meetings.

The victory that started that eight-for-nine streak came in December 2015, when the Falcons handed the Panthers their only loss of this regular season, keeping them from joining the 2007 Patriots at the exclusive club 16-0.

A year earlier, Carolina had secured a victory in late December in Atlanta, which was just as enjoyable, when they won 34-3 at the Georgia Dome in a Week 17 game where the winner would reign in master at the top of the NFC South.

It also marked Carolina’s third straight victory over rivals I-85, which to date is the most they have ever put together in this series. Atlanta’s longest winning streak has been in six games, between 2000-2002 (three consecutive years of sweeps).

The most unbalanced victory the Panthers have ever won against the Falcons came just two weeks before Atlanta ended their undefeated season in 2015. It was a 38-0 dismemberment. Atlanta’s most unbalanced victory was a 41-0 shellacking in 2002. The Falcons actually excluded the Panthers in both games of the 2002 season, winning the other game 30-0.

It was a Week 8 clash earlier this season between a Falcons team that had back-to-back wins and a Panthers team that had lost four straight games.

The wheels had started to fall off Sam Darnold’s experience, Christian McCaffrey was out, but the Panthers have proven that all situations can be alleviated if you win the war in the trenches. Carolina didn’t do a great job finishing the records – she had 12 points on four field goals in the three quarters – but her offensive line put Atlanta’s top seven in the dust, and her advantage of 11 minutes of possession time proved to have an impact.

Despite Darnold not having a good game passing the ball, Carolina racked up a monstrous 203 rushing yards on 47 carries. Conversely, Atlanta’s offensive line couldn’t stop the Panthers’ seven forwards from reaching Matt Ryan, allowing three sacks and a number of hits and QB presses.

Aside from a valiant effort from Cordarrelle Patterson on a touchdown in the second quarter, the Falcons couldn’t find the end zone and they racked up a tiny 13 points overall. Other than what amounted to a field goal, they were shut out in the second half, a spell they hope to avoid this time around.


Comments are closed.