Thursday Night Football: D’Onta Foreman runs Panthers to 25-15 victory over Falcons

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The Panthers were able to shake off a poor performance against the Bengals on Sunday to defeat the division-rival Falcons 25-15 on Thursday night.

While Atlanta narrowed Carolina’s lead to three at one point in the third quarter, the Panthers were in control throughout the contest. On a rainy night in Charlotte, the Panthers held a 13-0 lead late in the second quarter before a Falcons field goal made the score 13-3 going into halftime.

Rookie receiver Drake London caught a 7-yard touchdown midway through the third period to make the score 13-10. But from there, running back D’Onta Foreman scored a 12-yard touchdown on Carolina’s ensuing drive to keep his team in the game.

Foreman led the way for the Panthers offensively, netting 130 yards on 31 carries.

Eddy Pineiro hit a 40-yard field goal with 9:22 left in the game. And while Falcons receiver KhaDarel Hodge caught a 25-yard touchdown from Marcus Mariota, another Pinerio 37-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in the contest produced the final margin.

Generally, the Panthers ran all over the Falcons. They finished with 232 yards rushing on 47 attempts. That includes a 41-yard touchdown by receiver Levishka Shenault on a backward pass in the second quarter.

On the other side, Mariota finished 19-of-30 for 186 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception. But he looked particularly poor, firing errant passes throughout the night. While he was intercepted once, there were at least two other instances where the ball could’ve been picked off.

Rookie receiver Drake London caught five passes for 38 yards with a touchdown. Tight end Kyle Pitts was held to just two catches on eight targets for 28 yards.

Defensively, the Panthers racked up five sacks — including a pair by defensive end Marquis Haynes on Atlanta’s final drive.

But there could be a significant injury concern within Carolina’s secondary, as cornerback Donte Jackson had to exit the game with an Achilles injury.

With Carolina’s win, the NFC South remains wide open. The Buccaneers lead the division at 4-5, as Atlanta is now 4-6. The Saints, who play the Steelers this weekend, are 3-6.

The Panthers are now 3-7, with a 3-1 record in the division.

20 responses to “Thursday Night Football: D’Onta Foreman runs Panthers to 25-15 victory over Falcons

  1. Falcons are garbage. You don’t use Patterson for the entire second half and use Allgier as your all purpose back despite him not being nearly as dynamic as Patterson? Arthur Smith is a clown.

  2. It’s a rare talent in Mariota that he can consistently throw over the heads of receivers who are 6’5” and 6’6”. It’s almost like he’s not that accurate of a QB!

  3. I don’t know how the Falcons won 4 games, or even managed to score a single touchdown, with Arthur Smith, Marcus Mariota and the worst offensive line in the league.

  4. The Carolina Panthers have to string some wins together and avoid blowouts like in Cincinnatti which was a debacle.

  5. Was Arthur Smith trying to lose? This was an insane gameplan if he was trying to win.

    Last week, Patterson’s first game back 13 carries, 2 TDs. Algeir, 10 carries, 99 yards. This week it’s everyone get’s to play? 4 RBs each had between 4-8 carries and 20-32 yards.
    Needless to say none of the 4 got into the flow of the game and your healthy lead back barely touched the ball.

    We also got to watch Mariota throw the ball the most he has all year, in high winds and rain.

    It’s not surprising in a game between 2 bad QBs, in bad weather, that the team that handed the ball off to it’s lead back 30x is the one who won.

  6. The only thing this win did for the division was to ensure the bucs have a better chance to win it….

  7. Folks,

    The Panthers won the division in 2014 with a sub .500 record.

    Why not in 2022!?!?!??

  8. Yeah I never understood why teams let Foreman go. He was with the Texans for a while and he played well for the Titans last year and both teams let him go. Idk how teams can easily cut a running back that scores every time he gets behind the defense and can run between the tackles.

  9. So now the Panthers are collecting wins to diminish their chances to land a top QB in the draft? Everyone is expecting the Panthers to tank after firing their coach and trading away some top talent, but the current QB and coach are auditioning for permanent jobs. Is Walker really their choice as franchise QB ?

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