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Falcons scoop up two fumbles fast; Neal causes both

06 November 2017, 12:29 | Ken Black

Falcons vs. Panthers Final injury reports for Week 9

Falcons vs. Panthers Final injury reports for Week 9

Worst of all, the best player on their team looks like he's hurting. He wasn't even heard from after the break, but fantasy owners got the touchdown they needed.

The Falcons cut the lead to 20-17 on a 19-yard touchdown reception with 3:25 remaining in the game, but Carolina's defense kept Atlanta from scoring on its final drive. Instead, the Falcons lost 3 yards and turned the ball over on downs.

Cornerback James Bradberry slipped on the very first play of the game and fell down, ceding a catch of 34 yards to Jones. 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.

Carolina successfully executed the same option pitch the team had previously fumbled against Chicago to score its first touchdown of the game. Quarterback Cam Newton added a game-high 86 rushing yards, bringing their total to a season-high 201 yards on the ground.

Stewart fumbled twice in the first quarter, both forced by Falcons safety Keanu Neal and recovered by Atlanta. That resulted in Matt Bryant's 53-yard field goal.

The Panthers snapped a three-game series skid against the Falcons, who are now 4-4 during their Super Bowl hangover. After Ryan's interception, Newton ran 9 yards, diving into the end zone, to give the Panthers the lead before halftime.

In the fourth quarter, the Falcons were able to make it interesting thanks to a passing touchdown late to Tevin Coleman. Carolina backup TE Chris Manhertz was placed in the concussion protocol in the first half. Atlanta LB Vic Beasley Jr. had one sack, pushing his total to 19.5 since 2016 for the second most in the NFC. The Falcons will face the Cowboys at home and then the Seahawks on the road. The Panthers' next game comes on Monday, Nov. 13 against visiting Miami.

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