NFL PREVIEW: CAROLINA PANTHERS (11-4) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (4-11)
December 25, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
CAROLINA PANTHERS (11-4) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (4-11)
PANTHERS: Clinch NFC South & 1st round bye with win…QB CAM NEWTON is only player with 50+ pass (62) & 25+ rush (28) TDs in 1st 3 NFL seasons…RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS aims for 3rd in row with 40+ yard TD (1 rush, 1 rec.). RB MIKE TOLBERT had rush TD in Week 9…WR STEVE SMITH needs 55 rec. yards for 10th 800-yard season. TE GREG OLSEN aims for 5th in row vs. Atl. with TD. WR BRANDON LA FELL has 13 career rec. TDs & averages 27.1 yards per TD (352 yards)…In last meeting, LBs THOMAS DAVIS & LUKE KUECHLY each had INT. Both had INT last week. Kuechly (146) & Davis (117) lead team in tackles. Since entering NFL in 2012, Kuechly leads NFL with 310 tackles. Had 24 tackles last week, tied for most in NFL since 1994. DE GREG HARDY has 20 sacks in past 24, incl. 3 last week. Since 2010, DE CHARLES JOHNSON is 1 of 2 in NFC with 40+ sacks (42) & 10+ FFs (10). CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN has 3 sacks & INT-TD in past 2. Has 4 INT-TDs since 2012, most in NFL. S MIKE MITCHELL is 1 of 2 in NFL with 4+ INTs (4), 3+ sacks (3) & 2+ FFs (2)…
FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN has 4,235 yards, his 3rd consecutive 4,000-yard season. Is 5-0 at home vs. Car. with 107.6 rating…Since 2005, RB STEVEN JACKSON has 9,967 rush yards, 2nd most in NFL…TE TONY GONZALEZ is 5th in NFL history with 15,000+ rec. yards (15,071). Has 803 yards, his 13th 800-yard season. Has catch in 210 consecutive games, 2nd longest streak in NFL history. WR RODDY WHITE had 12 catches for 141 yards & TD last week. Has 17 catches for 286 yards (143 per game) & 3 TDs in past 2 meetings. Has 4 TDs in past 3 vs. Car. WR HARRY DOUGLAS has 1,009 yards, his 1st 1,000-yard season…Rookie LB PAUL WORRILOW leads team with 114 tackles. Rookie CBs DESMOND TRUFANT &ROBERT ALFORD each had INT in Week 9. Trufant (16) leads team in PD. Rookie LB JOPLO BARTU is only Falcons player with 70+ tackles (79) & 3+ sacks (3.5) this season.