February 26, 2024

NFL

Carolina Panthers place-kicker Eddy Pineiro (4) kicks the sport successful area objective in opposition to the Atlanta Falcons throughout an NFL soccer recreation Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photograph/Jacob Kupferman) AP Photograph/Jacob Kupferman

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Eddy Pineiro kicked a 23-yard area objective as time expired and the Carolina Panthers defeated Atlanta 9-7 in a gradual downpour Sunday, dealing the Falcons playoff hopes an enormous blow.

The win by the Panthers (2-12) means the New England Patriots (3-13) now path Carolina by only one recreation for the primary choose within the 2024 NFL Draft.

Atlanta (6-8) entered the sport tied with New Orleans and Tampa Bay for first place within the NFC South, however now discover themselves needing assist to get into the postseason after the Saints and Buccaneers each gained to enhance to 7-7.

Bryce Younger threw for 167 yards in his second NFL win and Chuba Hubbard ran for 87 yards for Carolina (2-12), which snapped a six-game dropping streak.

The Falcons led 7-6 and had been driving for extra factors when Desmond Ridder threw into site visitors and was intercepted on the Carolina 5 by security Xavier Woods. Younger, who had struggled all afternoon, led the Panthers on a 17-play, 90-yard drive that took all 7:35 off the clock.

On the ultimate drive, interim coach Chris Tabor took an opportunity when the Panthers reached the Atlanta 2 by having Younger take a knee on three straight performs earlier than sending Pineiro on the sphere with :01 exhibiting on the clock.

Ridder completed 12 of twenty-two for 152 yards with one landing and the one choose. Bijan Robinson additionally had a expensive turnover for Atlanta within the second half.

Curiosity within the Panthers has lengthy pale, and tickets had been promoting for $4 on web resale web sites earlier than the sport as dangerous climate moved in.

The Falcons broke a scoreless tie within the second quarter when Ridder related with a wide-open Jonnu Smith for a 56-yard reception, organising a 2-yard shovel cross to Cordarrelle Patterson.

Carolina had an opportunity to tie it late within the first half, however the drive ended within the pink zone with Younger taking his fiftieth sack of the season. The Panthers had been compelled to accept Pineiro’s 34-yard area objective, marking the fifth straight recreation they’ve scored simply three factors within the first half.

Late within the third quarter Troy Hill stripped Robinson of the ball and Brian Burns recovered on the Falcons 24. However the usually sure-handed Adam Thielen dropped a would-be landing cross and the Panthers needed to accept Pineiro’s 25-yard area objective, chopping the result in 7-6.

INJURIES

Panthers: cornerback Donte Jackson left the sport early within the fourth quarter with a again harm after making a deal with on Drake London.

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