Preview: Atlanta Falcons (5-7) at Carolina Panthers (5-7)

SUNDAY, DEC. 12, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH

ON THE AIRWAVES

TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Lindsay Czarniak (field reporter)
SIRIUS: 113 (Atl.), 85 (Car.) | XM: 383 (Atl.), 228 (Car.) | SXM App: 801 (Atl.), 804 (Car.)

 

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 33-20
STREAKS: Panthers have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 10/31/21: Panthers 19 at Falcons 13
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/29/20: Falcons 25, Panthers 17

 

ATLANTA FALCONS  LEADERS  CAROLINA PANTHERS

L 30-17 vs. Tampa Bay LAST WEEK Bye (Week 12: L 33-10 at Miami)
Arthur Smith: 0-1 COACH VS. OPP. Matt Rhule: 2-1
18.0/27.7. PTS. FOR/AGAINST 19.7/21.1
316.3 OFFENSE 308.7
Matt Ryan: 286-420-2,914-16-11-89.5 PASSING Cam Newton: 29-52-289-3-2-74.9
Cordarrelle Patterson: 106-489-4.6-4 RUSHING Chuba Hubbard (R): 122-427-3.5-3
Kyle Pitts (R) (TE): 49-709-14.5-1 RECEIVING DJ Moore: 66-854-12.9-4
367.1 DEFENSE 290.9
Dante Fowler: 3.5 SACKS Haason Reddick: 10.5
Jaylinn Hawkins: 2 INTs Three tied: 2
-7 (12/19) TAKE/GIVE -6 (14/20)
Thomas Morstead: 43.9 (38.3) PUNTING (NET) Lachlan Edwards: 49.0 (39.3)
Younghoe Koo: 70 (22/22 PAT; 16/18 FG) KICKING Zane Gonzalez: 79 (19/20 PAT; 20/22 FG)

 

FALCONS NOTES

• QB MATT RYAN passed for 297 yards & 93.2 rating last week. Needs 86 pass yards for 12th-straight 3,000-yard season & needs 4 TD passes for 13th-straight 20-TD season. Has 275+ pass yards in 4 of his past 5 at Car.

• RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 96 scrimmage yards (78 rush, 18 rec.) last week & reached 1,000+ scrimmage yards (1,007) for 1st time in career. Has career highs in rec. yards (518), rush yards (489), rec. TDs (5) & rush TDs (4). Had TD catch in Week 8 meeting. Has 130+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. RB MIKE DAVIS had 69 scrimmage yards (37 rec., 32 rush) & 2nd rush TD of season last week. Had 5 catches in last meeting. Had 1,015 scrimmage yards & 8 TDs (6 rush, 2 rec.) w/ Car. last season.

• WR RUSSELL GAGE led team & set career highs with 11 receptions & 130 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ catches in 4 of his past 5 & aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches. TE KYLE PITTS ranks 3rd among rookies & 3rd among all TEs with 709 rec. yards. Has 60+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 on road.

• LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN led team with 15 tackles last week & is 1 of 2 players (ERIC KENDRICKS) with 2 games of 15+ tackles in 2021. Had 16 tackles in last meeting. Ranks 2nd in NFL with career-high 135 tackles. LB DEION JONES had 2 PD last week & is only LB with 5+ PD in each of past 6 seasons. Had 14 tackles & FF in Week 8 meeting. Has 101 tackles, his 3rd-straight & 5thcareer 100-tackle season.

 

CAROLINA PANTHERS

• QB CAM NEWTON has rush TD in each of his 3 games this season & can tie career-long streak with rush TD (4 games in 2011). Had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) & 120.5 rating in only home start this season (Week 11 vs. Was.). Has 14 TDs (11 pass, 3 rush) in 7 career home starts w/ Car. vs. Atl. Leads QBs all-time in rush TDs (73) & ranks 2nd in rush yards (5,463).

• RB CHUBA HUBBARD (rookie) had 91 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 9 rec.) & rush TD in Week 8 meeting. Has 50+ scrimmage yards
in each of his 5 starts this season.

• WR DJ MOORE led team with 103 rec. yards in Week 12, his 12thcareer game with 100+ rec. yards. Has 50+ rec. yards in 6 of 7 career games vs. Atl. & aims for his 6th in row vs. Atl. with 50+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 7 of his past 8 at home. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 5 catches in last home meeting & has 5+ catches in 3 of his 4 career games vs. Atl.

• LB HAASON REDDICK had sack in last meeting. Is 1 of 2 (T.J. WATT) with 5+ games (5) with 1.5+ sacks in 2021. Has 6.5 sacks & 7 TFL in 6 home games this season. Is 1 of 4 with 10+ sacks in each of past 2 seasons. DE BRIAN BURNS aims for his 3rd in row overall with sack & his 7th in row at home with TFL. LB SHAQ THOMPSON led team with 13 tackles in Week 12. Had 10 tackles & INT in last meeting. CB STEPHON GILMORE had INT in last meeting. S JEREMY CHINN aims for his 3rd in row at home with 11+ tackles. Is 1 of 3 DBs (DERWIN JAMES & JAYRON KEARSE) with 75+ tackles (78) & 5+ TFL (5) in 2021.