Falcons rally to beat Newton's Panthers 31-17

By Paul Newberry

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Oct. 16 2011 2:09 p.m. MDT

Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (28) falls as Atlanta Falcons defensive back Kelvin Hayden (26) defends during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, in Atlanta.

Rich Addicks, Associated Press

ATLANTA — Michael Turner ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns, Matt Ryan scored the tie-breaking TD with 7 minutes remaining, and Corey Peters came up with a huge interception, helping the Atlanta Falcons seal a 31-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Cam Newton, who grew up just a few miles south of the Georgia Dome, wowed the crowd most of the day. He threw for 237 yards and ran for a 14-yard touchdown that put the Panthers (1-5) ahead 17-14 heading to the final quarter.

Atlanta (3-3) responded with Matt Bryant's tying field goal and Ryan's 1-yard sneak. Then Newton made his biggest mistake of the day, throwing a screen pass that was picked off by Peters, a 305-pound defensive tackle. The Falcons drove for Turner's clinching touchdown with 1:56 left.

Get The Deseret News Everywhere

Subscribe

Mobile

RSS