The Panthers were sleepwalking through much of the first half of a game they have to win, and the Falcons were making them pay.
But as they’ve done so often this year, they came up with a drive as the clock wound down.
The Panthers took a 14-10 halftime lead on Ted Ginn’s touchdown grab, which capped a 13-play, 96-yard drive just before the break.
The Falcons dominated the early going, controlling the Panthers with their own defense.
But Panthers rookie cornerback Melvin White intercepted Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan for a touchdown, setting up Cam Newton’s latest clutch drive. He’s shown a knack for such pressure situations this year, at the ends of halves and games.
That’s why the Panthers are playing for a bye week.