Panthers running game comes alive in 20-17 win over Falcons

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Carolina ran for 201 yards and got a career-high 66 yards and a touchdown from rookie Christian McCaffrey. It marked the first time Stewart has lost two fumbles and fumbled twice in the same game since coming into the National Football League as a first-round draft pick.

From there, Atlanta struggled to stay in the game, while Carolina pushed the Falcons around for most of the third quarter.

Carolina is coming off a road stretch where the team played four road games in five weeks, finishing 3-1 away from home.

With time running out, Ryan threw to Jones who was wide open in the end zone again on fourth down, but Jones dropped the ball, stunning everyone. A 53-yard punt in the first quarter downed the ball at Atlanta's 13-yard line, and a second-quarter punt downed the ball at the Falcons' 3-yard line - giving Ryan long fields to work against both times. Atlanta led, 10-0, after the first 15 minutes of play, aided by a touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Mohamed Sanu and two fumbles from Panthers' running back Jonathan Stewart.

Steph Curry is a huge Carolina Panthers fan, and he found himself envying Cam Newton's athleticism during Sunday's game against the Falcons. The touchdown stood, giving Carolina a momentum-shifting lead as the teams headed into halftime.

The Falcons have won the last three games after Carolina won five of six before that.

Panthers K Graham Gano has made 19 of 20 field-goal attempts this season, adding two successful boots Sunday. Atlanta LB Vic Beasley Jr. had one sack, pushing his total to 19.5 since 2016 for the second most in the NFC. 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. The defense forced the Panthers to go three-and-out, but the offense tried four straight passes to get a 1st down and couldn't get it done.