Defense shines, Panthers snap skid by beating Falcons 19-13

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) runs out of the pocket against Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Haason Reddick (43) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

ATLANTA (AP) — Zane Gonzalez kicked four field goals and Chuba Hubbard scored on a 6-yard run with 6 1/2 minutes remaining to seal Carolina’s 19-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

The Panthers snapped a four-game skid. Carolina’s defense totally stuffed Matt Ryan and the Falcons, who managed just 213 yards total offense.

Ryan threw for only 146 yards with two interceptions. Atlanta had won two straight games, but the Falcons squandered a chance to climb above .500 for the first time since 2017.

Panthers QB Sam Darnold was knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter with a concussion.

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