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Ryan, Falcons hand Panthers 7th straight loss, 24-10

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) It's been a disappointing season for Matt Ryan and the Falcons, but the veteran quarterback is excited about what's ahead for Atlanta next season - particularly on offense.

''It's great to have a bunch of different guys that are capable of making plays at any time during a game,'' Ryan said.

Ryan had 239 yards passing and threw touchdown passes to three different wide receivers, the Falcons ran for 194 yards without Devonta Freeman and Atlanta beat Carolina 24-10 on Sunday. It was the seventh straight loss for the Panthers (6-9), who were eliminated from playoff contention.

The Falcons (6-9), who've battled injuries at a number of key positions, have won two straight, giving them some hope for the future.

''We are at our best when everybody is involved and we can run the football and play-action pass off of it,'' Ryan said. ''We did a nice job of that today and everybody created explosive plays. It makes it difficult to defend when you have to account for a lot of different people.''

Ryan found Calvin Ridley for a go-ahead, 75-yard touchdown strike on the first play of the second half when Panthers safety Eric Reid bit on a play-action fake. He also connected with a wide-open Mohamed Sanu on a crossing route for a 44-yard score and threw a 1-yard TD pass to Julio Jones in the back of the end zone.

Ridley had three catches for 90 yards tied the franchise rookie record for TD catches in a season with eight. Sanu had five grabs for 81 yards, and Brian Hill had 115 yards rushing on eight carries.

The Falcons intercepted first-time starter Taylor Heinicke three times and forced four turnovers after allowing a touchdown on the game's opening possession. Heinicke, making his first NFL start for the injured Cam Newton, left the game briefly in the second quarter with a left elbow injury, but returned and was repeatedly battered by the Falcons.

He finished 33 of 53 for 274 yards with one touchdown.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Heinicke gutted it out, but the team needs to find players who can make plays in the red zone.

''I wasn't coming out of that game,'' an emotional Heinicke said. ''Those guys know I am going to fight for them.''

The Panthers' frustration was evident when linebacker Thomas Davis and cornerback Captain Munnerlyn got into a heated exchange on the sideline.

''I really believed seven weeks ago we were a good football team,'' Munnerlyn said. ''Right now, we've just got a bad record. We just ran into some injuries, ran into some bad luck and fell short.''

McCAFFREY'S DAY

Carolina's Christian McCaffrey had 21 carries for 101 yards and 12 receptions for 77 yards to set an NFL record for receptions in a season (106) by a running back.

He became the third running back in league history to record 100 receptions and 1,000 yards rushing in a season, joining LaDainian Tomlinson and Matt Forte. McCaffrey has 1,080 rushing yards and 845 receiving yards, giving him an outside chance to become only the third player to post 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving.

He also broke his father Ed's record for receptions in a season, although McCaffrey quipped, ''He's got a comeback - he's got three Super Bowl (rings). So he's got me there.''

GOING VIRAL

Falcons punter Matt Bosher went viral when he delivered a blistering hit on Panthers returner Kenjon Barner.

''It was pretty cool,'' Sanu said. ''I jumped out of my seat. I was looking at the tablet and I saw it and was like, `Oh!' I had to go congratulate him. It was a big hit.''

MORE FINES FOR REID?

Reid already been fined four times by the NFL this season for illegal hits and almost certainly will get a fifth letter in his locker next week. Reid was flagged for unnecessary roughness for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Ridley in the second quarter as Ridley tried to make a sliding catch.

Reid has been outspoken about the league drug-testing him six times in 11 weeks and fining him for four hits, one of which has already been overturned. He sued the NFL for collusion for keeping him out of the league because of his decision to kneel alongside Colin Kaepernick during the national anthem to protest racial and social injustice and said he's not surprised by the treatment he's received from the league.

Reid knelt again before Sunday's game.

KEEPING UP WITH JONES

Jones continued to be a problem for the Panthers. He came into the game averaging more than 100 yards in 12 career games against Carolina and didn't wait long to assert himself with four catches for 28 yards and 1-yard TD catch on Atlanta's first possession.

INJURIES

Falcons: Running back Tevin Coleman left the game with a groin injury in the second half and did not return with the Falcons up by two scores.

Panthers: Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner left the game with an ankle injury and did not return.

UP NEXT

Falcons: Visit the Buccaneers next Sunday.

Panthers: Visit the Saints next Sunday.

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Key Players
M. Ryan 2 QB
239 PaYds, 3 PaTDs, RuYd
25
FPTS
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
101 RuYds, 77 ReYds, 12 RECs
17
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:36
M.Bryant extra point is GOOD Center-J.Condo Holder-M.Bosher.
plays
yds
pos
24
10
Touchdown 4:36
M.Ryan pass deep left to M.Sanu for 44 yards TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
85
yds
4:06
pos
23
10
Point After TD 14:51
M.Bryant extra point is GOOD Center-J.Condo Holder-M.Bosher.
plays
yds
pos
17
10
Touchdown 14:51
M.Ryan pass deep left to C.Ridley for 75 yards TOUCHDOWN [M.Addison].
1
plays
75
yds
00:09
pos
16
10
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 5:35
M.Bryant 39 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Condo Holder-M.Bosher.
6
plays
55
yds
2:09
pos
10
10
Field Goal 7:46
C.Catanzaro 50 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Jansen Holder-M.Palardy.
9
plays
46
yds
5:22
pos
7
10
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:38
M.Bryant extra point is GOOD Center-J.Condo Holder-M.Bosher.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 0:38
M.Ryan pass short right to J.Jones for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
13
plays
85
yds
6:19
pos
6
7
Point After TD 6:57
C.Catanzaro extra point is GOOD Center-J.Jansen Holder-M.Palardy.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 6:57
T.Heinicke pass short left to I.Thomas for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
14
plays
73
yds
8:03
pos
0
6
Team Stats
Time of Pos 22:31 37:29
1st Downs 16 29
Rushing 6 8
Passing 8 19
Penalty 2 2
3rd Down Conv 4-10 7-14
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-2
Total Net Yards 427 436
Total Plays 48 84
Avg Gain 8.9 5.2
Net Yards Rushing 194 141
Rush Attempts 21 25
Avg Rush Yards 9.2 5.6
Net Yards Passing 233 295
Comp. - Att. 15-26 37-57
Yards Per Pass 9.0 5.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-6 2-17
Penalties - Yards 4-41 10-86
Touchdowns 3 1
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 3 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 4
Fumbles - Lost 2-2 2-1
Int. Thrown 0 3
Punts - Avg 5-43.8 3-39.7
Return Yards 19 125
Punts - Returns 1-9 2-16
Kickoffs - Returns 1-10 4-109
Int. - Returns 3-0 0-0
Kicking 4/4 2/2
Extra Points 3/3 1/1
Field Goals 1/1 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 1-2 -50% 1-4 -25%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-1 -100% 1-2 -50%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Falcons 6-9 7314024
Panthers 6-9 730010
233 PASS YDS 295
194 RUSH YDS 141
427 TOTAL YDS 436
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Ryan 2 QB
25
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.7% 239 3 0 126.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.3% 4546 33 6 108.5
M. Ryan 15/26 239 3 0 25
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
B. Hill 32 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 115 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 127 0
B. Hill 8 115 0 60 9
T. Coleman 26 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 51 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
159 755 3
T. Coleman 10 51 0 20 5
M. Sanu 12 WR
16
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 29 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 42 0
M. Sanu 2 29 0 24 16
M. Ryan 2 QB
25
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
29 118 3
M. Ryan 1 -1 0 -1 25
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Ridley 18 WR
15
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 90 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 59 789 9
C. Ridley 5 3 90 1 75 15
M. Sanu 12 WR
16
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 5 81 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 59 748 4
M. Sanu 8 5 81 1 44 16
A. Hooper 81 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 36 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 66 593 4
A. Hooper 2 2 36 0 32 3
J. Jones 11 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 28 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 104 1539 7
J. Jones 5 4 28 1 11 8
R. Ortiz 30 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 4 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 11 0
R. Ortiz 1 1 4 0 4 0
T. Coleman 26 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 31 267 5
T. Coleman 1 0 0 0 0 5
B. Hill 32 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
B. Hill 1 0 0 0 0 9
M. Hall 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 149 1
M. Hall 1 0 0 0 0 0
R. Gage 83 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 49 0
R. Gage 2 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. Jones 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-18 2 1.0
D. Jones 8-6 0.0 0 1
R. Alford 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-7 0 0.0
R. Alford 5-0 0.0 0 0
D. Trufant 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
53-11 0 1.0
D. Trufant 5-2 0.0 0 0
S. Neasman 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-12 0 0.0
S. Neasman 5-6 0.0 0 0
D. Kazee 27 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
56-21 6 0.0
D. Kazee 3-1 0.0 0 0
B. Poole 34 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
51-20 3 3.0
B. Poole 3-4 0.0 1 0
S. Means 56 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-5 0 1.0
S. Means 3-1 0.0 0 0
D. Campbell 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
56-29 0 1.0
D. Campbell 3-5 0.0 0 0
B. Irvin 52 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-3 0 6.0
B. Irvin 2-0 1.0 0 0
F. Oluokun 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
52-32 0 0.0
F. Oluokun 2-3 0.0 0 0
G. Jarrett 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-24 0 6.0
G. Jarrett 1-2 0.0 0 0
V. Beasley 44 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-4 0 5.0
V. Beasley 1-1 0.0 0 0
T. McKinley 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-7 0 5.5
T. McKinley 1-2 0.5 0 0
I. Oliver 20 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-3 1 0.0
I. Oliver 1-1 0.0 1 0
J. Crawford 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-3 1 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-15 1 5.5
J. Crawford 0-3 0.5 1 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Bryant 3 K
6
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
18/19 29/31
M. Bryant 1/1 39 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Bosher 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 47.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
55 45.2 20
M. Bosher 5 47.0 2 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Hall 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
22 24.4 53 0
M. Hall 1 10.0 10 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Hardy 14 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 6.6 18 0
J. Hardy 1 9.0 9 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
T. Heinicke 6 QB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.3% 274 1 3 58.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.4% 320 1 3 60.6
T. Heinicke 33/53 274 1 3 13
K. Allen 7 QB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 38 0 0 106.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 38 0 0 106.3
K. Allen 4/4 38 0 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
21 101 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
215 1080 7
C. McCaffrey 21 101 0 13 17
T. Heinicke 6 QB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 33 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 31 0
T. Heinicke 3 33 0 19 13
C. Artis-Payne 34 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 13 0
C. Artis-Payne 1 7 0 7 1
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
13 12 77 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 106 845 6
C. McCaffrey 13 12 77 0 14 17
J. Wright 13 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 7 69 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 41 427 1
J. Wright 8 7 69 0 24 4
I. Thomas 80 TE
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 48 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 31 272 1
I. Thomas 5 4 48 1 27 10
C. Samuel 10 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
13 7 41 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 37 422 4
C. Samuel 13 7 41 0 9 4
D. Funchess 17 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 23 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 44 549 4
D. Funchess 4 2 23 0 13 2
T. Smith 11 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 190 2
T. Smith 2 1 19 0 19 1
D. Moore 12 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 2 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 51 707 2
D. Moore 7 2 19 0 15 1
C. Artis-Payne 34 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 13 0
C. Artis-Payne 2 1 13 0 13 1
K. Barner 23 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 3 0
K. Barner 1 1 3 0 3 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
L. Kuechly 59 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
92-38 1 2.0
L. Kuechly 4-2 0.0 0 0
M. Adams 29 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
47-27 3 0.0
M. Adams 3-1 0.0 0 0
C. Munnerlyn 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-9 1 2.0
C. Munnerlyn 3-0 0.0 0 0
T. Davis 58 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
42-33 0 0.0
T. Davis 3-3 0.0 0 0
M. Addison 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-16 0 8.0
M. Addison 2-2 0.0 0 0
E. Reid 25 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
47-19 1 1.0
E. Reid 2-0 0.0 0 0
K. Love 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-8 0 1.0
K. Love 2-1 1.0 0 1
D. Jackson 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
57-8 4 1.0
D. Jackson 2-1 0.0 0 0
J. Bradberry 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
52-11 1 1.0
J. Bradberry 1-0 0.0 0 0
W. Horton 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-9 0 1.0
W. Horton 1-2 0.0 0 0
J. Peppers 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-8 0 4.0
J. Peppers 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Carter 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
J. Carter 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Poe 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-8 0 1.0
D. Poe 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Catanzaro 4 K
4
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
14/18 27/31
C. Catanzaro 1/1 50 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Palardy 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 42.7 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
58 44.7 24
M. Palardy 3 42.7 1 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Barner 23 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 27.3 37 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 24.4 37 0
K. Barner 4 27.3 37 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Barner 23 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 8.0 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 4.1 13 0
K. Barner 2 8.0 13 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:57 ATL 15 6:19 13 85 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:46 ATL 38 1:31 3 7 Punt
13:08 CAR 13 0:06 1 -6 Fumble
7:40 ATL 25 2:09 6 55 FG
0:49 ATL 8 0:21 3 9 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ATL 25 0:09 1 75 TD
13:37 ATL 15 1:35 4 14 Punt
8:42 ATL 15 4:06 7 85 TD
0:01 ATL 19 1:35 4 12 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:29 ATL 7 0:58 2 30 Fumble
6:36 ATL 41 2:17 3 7 Punt
1:25 ATL 20 1:25 2 59 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CAR 27 8:03 14 73 TD
0:38 CAR 11 0:52 3 4 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:15 CAR 6 0:07 1 3 Fumble
13:02 CAR 22 5:22 9 46 FG
5:31 CAR 36 4:42 11 60 INT
0:28 CAR 37 0:28 4 8 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:51 CAR 37 1:14 3 -2 Punt
12:02 CAR 20 3:20 5 33 Punt
4:36 CAR 25 4:35 9 53 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:26 CAR 33 4:57 11 61 Downs
7:31 ATL 40 0:55 6 -1 Downs
4:19 CAR 15 2:54 9 59 INT