The Carolina Panthers outlasted the Atlanta Falcons in a tantalizing victory of 23-16, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. For the win, Teddy Bridgewater threw for 313 yards, and two touchdowns. The Panthers also relied on a rushing game that produced 124 yards and no rushing touchdowns.
Bridgewater finished the game completing 27 of 37 passes, to lead the way for the Panthers. He ended up with an overall QB rating of 116.20, coming from a performance that included 313 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions for the game.
The ground game for the Panthers saw Trenton Cannon carrying the football 2 times, and Mike Davis helping with rushing the ball 16 times. The two rushers produced minus one yard and 89 yards respectively in a winning effort. The passing game for the Panthers had Bridgewater throwing the football to Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore as his most productive targets. Anderson caught eight passes for a net gain of 112 yards. The secondary target (Moore) caught four passes for a net contribution of 93 yards.
With one forced fumble, two tackles for loss and two sacks , the Panthers got just the defensive help it needed to get the win.
On the losing side of the game, Matt Ryan of the Falcons ended the day with no touchdowns, along with 226 yards, one interception, and a 63.60 passer rating.
The Falcons’ rushing game was led by Todd Gurley and Brian Hill. For the game, Gurley carried the ball 14 times, rushed for 121 yards, and one touchdown. Hill supplemented and carried the ball a total of six times for a total of 39 yards. Meanwhile Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage were the top 2 aerial passing targets for the Falcons. Ridley caught eight passes from Ryan for a total of 136 yards, while Gage contributed with 16 yards from two passes.
In a losing effort, the Falcons defense contributed with zero sacks , no forced fumbles, zero tackles for loss, and zero defensive touchdowns for the game.
After this game, the Panthers improved to a record of 1-0, while the Falcons dropped to a 0-1 record. After the win, the Panthers now have a 1-0 record, compared to the Falcons who now have 0-1 record.