The Panthers were able to build a halftime lead by relying on some new habits.
But some old ones reared their head to keep it from being bigger.
The Panthers are largely controlling the game, but Cam Newton has thrown a pair of interceptions (his first turnovers since Week Five). The Falcons haven’t found much offensively that works other than throwing it to Tony Gonzalez (six catches for 77 yards and a touchdown in the first half), but they’re still very much in the game.
Newton’s second interception kept them from adding at least a field goal just before halftime (such that the new Ron Rivera kicks field goals), leaving the Falcons with a puncher’s chance.