The Carolina Panthers blanked the Atlanta Falcons for most of the final three quarters in a 20-17 victory Sunday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium. A pair of 15-yard penalties on Atlanta put the Panthers in position for McCaffrey's 4-yard touchdown play on a pitch from Newton.
A field goal on their first possession and a 6-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Mohamed Sanu got the Falcons up by 10 in the first quarter. He had a 4-yard touchdown on a pitchout as part of a day in which he had 66 yards rushing and 28 more receiving, including several plays he made for key first downs.
On fourth-and-7 from the Carolina 39 in the fourth quarter, the man who may be the best receiver in the National Football League got open by 10 yards in the Panthers end zone. Adams left the game in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury, however, and wasn't involved in the Panthers' final stop.
The Falcons didn't waste much time Sunday adding to their miniscule takeaway total as strong safety Keanu Neal twice in the first quarter forced Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart to fumble and Atlanta recovered both time. The touchdown stood, giving Carolina a momentum-shifting lead as the teams headed into halftime.
The Falcons are 4-4 and have lost four of their last five games.
In a season already filled with its fair share of off-field drama, the Carolina Panthers locker room faced another emotional letdown this past week when wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was cast away to Buffalo. It goes as its best player in inside linebacker Luke Kuechly goes. That Newton led the team in rushing for a fourth straight game is concerning, though. He also had a sack to increase his seasonal total to 6.5. With AP Photos.Cam Newton ran for 86 yards and a touchdown and the Carolina Panthers stormed back from an early 10-point deficit and then held on to beat the Atlanta Falcons 20-17.