Blidi Wreh-Wilson interception of Teddy Bridgewater seals 25-17 Falcons win over Panthers

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The Atlanta Falcons have seen many games slip away in the late stages this season. But Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers, the Falcons managed to seal the deal.

Blidi Wreh-Wilson intercepted Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgwater inside the final minute as Atlanta held on for a 25-17 victory.

Younghoe Koo converted four field goals and Matt Ryan and Todd Gurley each rushed for touchdowns as the Falcons earned their second win of the season. Wreh-Wilson’s interception combined with a pair of fourth down stops defensively for Atlanta also contributed to the victory.

The game could have been much more heavily weighted toward the Falcons if their red zone offense had been more effective. The Falcons constantly managed to drive inside the Panthers’ 20-yard line but weren’t effective once they got there. Atlanta settled for three field goal attempts and a lone touchdown on four trips inside the Panthers’ 20-yard line in the first half.

Koo converted field goals from 20, 37 and 36 yards with Matt Ryan scoring on a 13-yard scramble as the Falcons built a 16-14 lead at halftime.

Ryan completed 21 of 30 passes for 281 yards with an interception and his rushing touchdown for Atlanta. Julio Jones caught seven of those passes for 137 yards.

Meanwhile, Curtis Samuel scored on a 12-yard run and caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from Bridgewater for the Panthers before the break.

Carolina had two straight drives split between the second and third quarters that resulted in failed fourth downs. Bridgewater was tracked down by Foye Oluokun on a fourth-and-1 carry and Mike Davis was stopped on a fourth-and-1 run to thwart potential scoring chances for the Panthers.

Koo added his fourth field goal, a 29-yard kick, in the third quarter to increase Atlanta’s lead to 19-14 before Joey Slye‘s 39-yard conversion closed the gap again for the Panthers.

Davis had 66 yards on 13 carries for Carolina.

Gurley scored on a 3-yard touchdown run with 11:01 left to play that could have made it a two-score game. However, Younghoe Koo missed the ensuing extra point to keep the deficit at eight, 25-17, and the game within reach.

Gurley would then make a mental error for a second straight week as he ran out of bounds to stop the clock on a third-and-14 run that allowed the Panthers to get the ball back without the clock running down any further. It gave the Panthers the ball back with 2:58 remaining.

A 42-yard strike from Bridgewater to Moore on third-and-18 moved the Panthers inside Atlanta territory with less than two minutes to play. However, Bridgewater was then picked off by Wreh-Wilson with a minute remaining to end the Panthers chances.

Bridgewater was briefly knocked from the game after taking an illegal hit from defensive end Charles Harris in the third quarter. He was cleared of a concussion and missed several plays due to a neck injury before returning to the game. P.J. Walker took the snaps in place of Bridgewater for Carolina. Harris was ejected from the game for the shot to Bridgewater’s head.

Bridgewater completed 15 of 23 passes for 176 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception.

13 responses to “Blidi Wreh-Wilson interception of Teddy Bridgewater seals 25-17 Falcons win over Panthers

  1. Matt Rhules coaching staff is abysmal. That 7 year, $60 million contract is not looking good. I’d bet David Tepper will start paying Rhule not to work long before that contract expires.

  2. And to think this team is only a stand and stare onside kick, a couple of plays against the Bears, and a kneeldown at the 1 yard line from being 5-3….

  3. The players flagged for illegal hits should not only be ejected, they should sit the next game and be docked a games pay. They’d figure it out real quick.

  4. This game showed bridgewater make really poor decisions under pressure up the middle. Hopefully he learns from it and the trend doesnt continue

  5. Bridgewater never should’ve been put back into that game. He clearly was still hurt from that hit. On the sidelines he looked as if he was still shook up.

  6. Gurley can’t run like he used to anymore – he’s just a guy now and he makes the mental errors of a rookie. Can’t see him sticking around much longer, Atlanta will definitely cut bait at season’s end, if not sooner.

  7. sponz says:
    October 30, 2020 at 8:44 am
    Gurley can’t run like he used to anymore – he’s just a guy now and he makes the mental errors of a rookie. Can’t see him sticking around much longer, Atlanta will definitely cut bait at season’s end, if not sooner.—————————————————————————————————————————————————-

    Totally agree. On that last drive he had an army of blockers and ran out of bounds stopping the clock after getting 4 yards. Rams were smart to get rid of him. Not an explosive or violent runner anymore at all.

  8. Liberty Biberty says:
    October 30, 2020 at 5:12 am

    And to think this team is only a stand and stare onside kick, a couple of plays against the Bears, and a kneeldown at the 1 yard line from being 5-3….

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    And a few minutes of solid play away from having a Super Bowl trophy in the case.

  9. the best of the worst NFC south teams got the win…
    If the Falcons fix defense, they could be a good team…
    Panthers have a ways to go…

  10. I think Fowler and Harris should both have been ejected, and Harris suspended.

    If the league wants anyone to believe it’s serious about player safety, it has to start cracking down hard on this, and being harsh in punishment right away.

    No excuse for Harris’s shot. All the heeded to do was touch Bridgewater for him to be down. He sized him up and targeted him.

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