Ryan outplays Newton as Panthers lose to Atlanta; 31-23

Matt Ryan led Atlanta to a comeback victory over the Carolina Panthers, keeping the Falcons in the playoff chase.

Ryan threw two of his four touchdown passes in the fourth-quarter to rookie Julio Jones and the Falcons erased a 16-point deficit for a 31-23 victory on Sunday.

Ryan finished with 320 yards and his four TD passes matched a career high.

For the Panthers (4-9), it was the sixth time this season they’ve lost after being ahead or tied in the fourth quarter.

Cam Newton started strong, completing 9 of 14 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns in the first half as the Panthers built a 23-7 lead. But Newton was intercepted twice in the second half, including once on a poor decision where he tried the shovel the ball ahead with his non-throwing left hand as he was falling to the ground. The result was a gift interception for Falcons linebackerMike Peterson.

Yet once again, Olindo Mare, just as he’d done against Minnesota, pushed a potential go-ahead his field goal wide left.  Two plays later, Jones caught his second touchdown pass of the game, going 75 yards to put the Panthers away.


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