2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Panthers-Falcons Capsule

By The Associated Press
    2013-12-26 12:19

CAROLINA (11-4) at ATLANTA (4-11)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Panthers by 8

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Carolina 9-6, Atlanta 6-9

SERIES RECORD - Falcons lead 23-14

LAST MEETING - Panthers beat Falcons 34-10, Nov. 3, 2013

LAST WEEK - Panthers beat Saints 17-13; 49ers beat Falcons 34-24

AP PRO32 RANKING - Panthers No. 4, Falcons No. 25

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (11), PASS (28)

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (2), PASS (7)

FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (32), PASS (6)

FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (31), PASS (25)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Panthers clinch NFC South and first-round bye with win. ... Carolina seeking first division title since 2008. ... Since division realignment in 2002, no NFC South team has won back-to-back titles. Falcons won division in 2012. ... QB Cam Newton first NFL player to have more than 50 TDs passing with more than 25 TDs rushing in first three seasons. Newton has 62 TD passes, 28 TDs rushing. . WR Steve Smith expected to miss game with left knee sprain. Smith needs 55 yards for 10th season with at least 800 yards receiving. ... TE Greg Olsen has TDs in last four games against Atlanta. ... WR Brandon LaFell averaging 27.1 yards for 13 career TD catches. ... CB Drayton Florence returned INT 38 yards for TD in win over Falcons on Nov. 3. ... LBs Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly had INTs in last game against Falcons and last week's win over Saints. ... Kuechly leads NFL with 310 tackles since beginning career in 2012. His 24 tackles last week tied for most in NFL since 1994. ... DE Greg Hardy had three sacks last week and has 20 in last 24 games. ... Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez to play in final game before retirement. Gonzalez fifth in NFL history with 15,071 yards receiving. Has caught passes in 210 consecutive games, second-longest streak in NFL history behind Jerry Rice (274). ... Gonzalez leads team with 79 catches, eight TDs. ... QB Matt Ryan 5-0 at Georgia Dome against Panthers. ... Ryan has third straight season with more than 4,000 yards passing (4,235). ... WR Roddy White had best game of 2013 with 12 catches for 141 yards and TD against 49ers last week, but will have franchise-record streak of six-straight 1,000-yard seasons end. White has four TDs in last three games against Panthers. ... WR Harry Douglas has first 1,000-yard season (1,009). ... Undrafted rookie LB Paul Worrilow leads team with 114 tackles. Rookie CB Desmond Trufant leads team with 16 pass deflections. ... Undrafted rookie LB Joplo Bartu has 79 tackles, 3 1/2 sacks.

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AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

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David WilsonJul 31 11:52a

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) attended team meetings Thursday, July 31, and appeared ready to go, according to RB Rashad Jennings.

Brent UrbanJul 31 11:42a

Baltimore Ravens DE Brent Urban (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during practice Wednesday, July 30, and will miss the entire 2014 season.

Lance LouisJul 31 11:32a

Indianapolis Colts OG Jack Mewhort appears to be the leading candidate for the starting left guard job. OG Lance Louis is also considered a candidate for the job.

Donald ThomasJul 31 11:22a

Indianapolis Colts OG Donald Thomas (quadriceps) is scheduled to undergo season-ending quadriceps surgery and will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.

Nick BarnettJul 31 11:12a

Free-agent LB Nick Barnett (Redskins) is still an option for the Atlanta Falcons depending on what happens with the team's linebackers. The Falcons worked out Barnett in June but did not sign him.

Josh GordonJul 31 10:42a

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is not practicing Thursday, July 31, and presumably will miss practice Friday, Aug. 1, to attend his suspension appeal hearing.

Eric BerryJul 31 10:32a

Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry (leg, foot) was carted off at practice Thursday, July 31, with a right leg or foot injury. SS Jerron McMillian has taken his place.

Jordan TodmanJul 31 09:52a

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart is expected to be spelled by RBs Jordan Todman, Denard Robinson and Storm Johnson so he doesn't reach the 300-carry plateau.

Morgan BurnettJul 31 09:42a

Green Bay Packers FS Morgan Burnett (ankle) and SS Tanner Miller (undisclosed) are not practicing Thursday, July 31.

Micah HydeJul 31 09:42a

Green Bay Packers FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is working with the first-team defense at strong safety beside FS Micah Hyde Thursday, July 31.

Lardarius WebbJul 31 09:23a

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Terrell SuggsJul 31 09:03a

Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs, DT Haloti Ngata and LB Daryl Smith are not practicing Thursday, July 31.

Nate GarnerJul 31 08:53a

Miami Dolphins C Nate Garner is working with the first-team offense again Thursday, July 31, over C Shelley Smith.

A.J. HawkJul 31 01:53a

Green Bay Packers LB Brad Jones has been working ahead of LB A.J. Hawk as the lone linebacker in the dime defense in practice.

Matt CasselJul 31 01:53a

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Christian PonderJul 31 01:53a

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder's reps were cut during practice Wednesday, July 30.

Josh GordonJul 30 11:43p

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Rod StreaterJul 30 11:43p

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Joique BellJul 30 10:23p

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Rob SimsJul 30 10:23p

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Allen RobinsonJul 30 10:13p

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Marqise LeeJul 30 10:13p

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Carl NicksJul 30 08:03p

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially released OG Carl Nicks (toe) Wednesday, July 30, with an injury settlement.

David WilsonJul 30 06:43p

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) tweeted that he is fine after leaving practice early Tuesday, July 29. Wilson said he passed all physical examinations and will find out more Monday, Aug. 3.

Jim LeonhardJul 30 05:53p

The Cleveland Browns signed SS Jim Leonhard (Bills) Wednesday, July 30. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Aldon SmithJul 30 04:43p

San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith is not participating in practice Wednesday, July 30, as he attends a hearing at the Los Angeles City Attorney's office regarding an April [ More ]

Fred JacksonJul 30 04:13p

The Buffalo Bills have signed RB Fred Jackson to a one-year contract extension. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Jason GarrettJul 30 03:23p

Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (foot) will undergo surgery for a broken foot Thursday, July 31, according to head coach Jason Garrett.

LaMichael JamesJul 30 03:03p

San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James (elbow) will wear a brace on his dislocated elbow and should be ready for the start of the regular season, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Brent UrbanJul 30 02:23p

Baltimore Ravens DE Brent Urban (leg) and DT Timmy Jernigan (back) appear to have suffered injuries during practice Wednesday, July 30. Urban was helped off the field after suffering the injury.

Tyron SmithJul 30 02:03p

Dallas Cowboys OT Tyron Smith has agreed to terms with the team on an eight-year contract extension worth $98 million, according to a source.

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