Week 11 Initial Reactions: Falcons rout rival Panthers for second straight win

Dave Holcomb

The Atlanta Falcons have won two straight against NFC South opponents with their latest victory coming against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, 29-3. The Falcons improved to 3-7.

Atlanta dominated in all three phases, posting 295 passing yards, forcing four interceptions and scoring on a punt return. By far, it was the most complete performance from the Falcons this season.

The Falcons came into this week with just four takeaways and only two turnovers on defense. Before Sunday, the last time Atlanta had a takeaway on defense was Week 2.

In a big way, that changed in Week 11. The Falcons intercepted Kyle Allen's second pass attempt of the day and finished with four picks.

Allen dealt with pressure all afternoon. The Falcons recorded five sacks, giving them 11 in the last two games. Atlanta only had seven sacks in the first eight contests of the year.

Also in the last two weeks, the Falcons have given up only 12 points and zero touchdowns.

The way the defense played, Atlanta was once again able to establish a rushing attack. It wasn't very efficient, as the Falcons averaged only 2.1 yards per carry, but with the lead, Atlanta was able to remain patient on offense.

With a balanced attack, Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley were open a lot down the field. Ridley posted eight receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown. Jones registered six catches for 91 yards.

Matt Ryan was 21 of 31 for 311 yards with a touchdown.

Kenjon Barner capped off the performance with a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown. That was the first touchdown of the afternoon.

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