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Panthers 20 Falcons 40: Disaster strikes again and the Panthers are embarrassed by another brutal loss

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The Panthers had a disastrous third quarter and it cost them dearly in 40-20 loss to the Falcons.

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The Carolina Panthers came into Week 14 with not much more than pride to play for against the Atlanta Falcons, and in the first half they showed they still have some pride left as they kept the game close and only trailed by three points heading into the break.

Then the third quarter happened, which was a comedy of errors that made the already putrid Panthers look even more pathetic. The Falcons scored 20 unanswered points and jumped out to a 33-10 lead and the Panthers didn’t have much hope after that.

Honestly, there’s nothing I can say right now that you haven’t already said yourself. This team is terrible and fortunately we only have three more games to put up with before we can be rid of this disaster of a season.

We’ll have more in-depth coverage later, but for now I have to stop thinking about this dumpster fire for my mental health. I suggest you do the same.

This loss means the Panthers are officially eliminated from the playoffs, but don’t worry for all the doom and gloom here, your regularly scheduled dose of optimism will still be published tomorrow at 7 a.m. ET.

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And this one is mercifully over. Panthers 20 Falcons 40

The Falcons recover the onside kick and that should do it for this one.

Allen runs the QB sneak and scores a garbage time touchdown. The extra point is good. Panthers 20 Falcons 40

Two minute warning: Panthers 13 Falcons 40

The Panthers are threatening to score, but it’s not going to matter that much in terms of the final result.

The good news is that there is only 3:36 left in this game.

And the Falcons score again. Yay. The extra point is good. Panthers 13 Falcons 40

I’ve never seen a run defense this bad. The Falcons are just doing whatever they want. First-and-goal, again.

The Panthers tried an onside kick and failed to recover it. Probably for the best.

FIELD GOAL PANTHERS: The kick is good. Panthers 13 Falcons 33

LOL and of course the Panthers are now facing fourth-and-goal because they can’t do anything right today. Joey Slye out for some sympathy points.

Allen finds Wright in the end zone but Matt Paradis was called for holding to take the touchdown away.

Allen throws deep for Moore, but can’t come up with it. There’s a flag on the field for pass interference, though, and the Panthers will have the ball first-and-goal inside the 10-yard line.

The kick is good after it doinks off the upright. That’s the kind of day the Panthers have had. Panthers 10 Falcons 33

Hey, it’s fourth down! The Falcons will try a 51-yard field goal because why not?

Matt Ryan just rushed for a first down. Let that sink in.

End of third quarter: Panthers 10 Falcons 30

LOL and he throws a pick two plays later. My god how bad is Will Grier if he can’t get any game action?

And Allen fumbles again. Fortunately (or unfortunately, I’m not sure which) the Panthers recovered it.

The Falcons didn’t score on this drive so that’s an improvement, I guess.

The Panthers run the ‘screen to CMC and pray he does something’ play and it’s fourth-and-10, so they’ll punt.

It’s third-and-18 after another sack on Allen.

LOL Dortch almost fumbled the kickoff again but he was ruled down. The call stands after the Falcons challenged it.

The Falcons cash in with another field goal to extend their lead. Panthers 10 Falcons 30

I think y’all can find something else to do with the rest of your day now.

LOL and Greg Dortch fumbles the kickoff and... get this... the kicker recovers it.

The extra point is good. Panthers 10 Falcons 27

Donte Jackson got burned to a crisp on that one.

LOL and they give up a 93-yard touchdown. My god this defense is terrible.

Big third-and-8 here for the defense.

Kenjon Barner committed an illegal bat on the punt to knock it out of bounds at the 9-yard line. The Falcons will start at their own 4-yard line after the penalty.

And it’s fourth down. Oh well, it was good while it lasted.

The Panthers are starting to put a drive together to get back in this game. Let’s see what happens.

And the Falcons make the Panthers pay with a touchdown. The Panthers are still unwilling to tackle Devonta Freeman, who just scored his first rushing touchdown of the season. The extra point is good. Panthers 10 Falcons 20

To be fair, there was nothing Allen could do. Dennis Daley got beat quite badly there.

LOL, but Allen got hit from behind and fumbled the ball to the Falcons on the third play, which is not good.

And Thomas picks up 19 yards and another first down on the second play. This is good.

Samuel picks up 13 yards and a first down on the first play of the second half.

The Panthers will get the ball on offense to start the second half.

Halftime: Panthers 10 Falcons 13

And it’s good. Panthers 10 Falcons 13

The Falcons will try a 35-yard field goal with 0:02 left in the half to take the lead.

The Panthers defense is still bad, in case you were wondering. Calvin Ridley is eating their lunch.

The extra point is good and the game is tied. Panthers 10 Falcons 10

TOUCHDOWN PANTHERS: Allen finds Thomas for the score! They finally did it, y’all! They scored from the 1-yard line!

And now the Panthers are at the 1-yard line so they probably won’t score.

The Panthers are now inside the red zone with 1:21 left to try and tie the game.

Two minute warning: Panthers 3 Falcons 10

Moore makes an amazing 39-yard catch to get inside Falcons territory. He now has 1,000 receiving yards on the season.

CMC turns a busted swing pass into a 10-yard gain for a first down. He’s pretty good.

At least the defense forced the Falcons to punt the ball right back.

That interception is 100 percent on Thomas, by the way. Allen couldn’t have thrown it any better.

LOL and of course a weird ass interception happens, like nearly every time we play the Falcons.

And another 10 yards for another first down to Ian Thomas. Allen is doing well at getting the ball to his tight ends.

Allen finds Chris Manhertz for an 11-yard gain on first down.

Ryan finds Calvin Ridley wide open and he dances into the end zone to give the Falcons the lead. The extra point is good. Panthers 3 Falcons 10

Julio Jones is back, and that’s bad news. 38-yard gain for the Falcons.

And on third down, Allen is sacked. Welp.

Back-to-back passes from Kyle Allen that should have been intercepted (but fortunately weren’t) means it’s third-and-10.

The offense is starting to move the ball a bit better. DJ Moore gets on the stat sheet with a catch for another first down.

The Panthers pick up a quick first down to get out to the 20-yard line.

Shaq Thompson just blew up a screen pass to force a fourth down. Whew, that was nice.

The Panthers are apparently unwilling to tackle Devonta Freeman, which could be an issue today.

FIELD GOAL PANTHERS: The kick is good. Panthers 3 Falcons 3

It’s fourth-and-6, so Joey Slye will come out and attempt a 46-yard field goal.

End of first quarter: Panthers 0 Falcons 3

The offense is starting to find some rhythm after another first down carry by CMC.

Kyle Allen finds Ian Thomas, who bullies his way for 19 yards while carrying a defender with him.

The Panthers pick up their first first down of the game thanks to CMC.

Curtis Samuel with another carry. Apparently Scott Turner watched a lot of his tape from Ohio State.

And the kick is good. Panthers 0 Falcons 3

Ross Cockrell makes a nice play to break up a pass on third-and-5 that would have been a first down. The Falcons will come out and attempt a 37-yard field goal.

And now it’s first-and-10.

The defense immediately gives up 11 yards on the next play, but it’s still third-and-10.

SACK: Matt Ryan slips on the snap and Vernon Butler takes him down for the sack.

Of course it’s easy to gain a lot of yards when you commit a holding penalty. But still, the Panthers defense is bad.

The Panthers run defense is so bad, y’all.

On the bright side, each play had a different ball carrier — CMC, Reggie Bonnafon and Curtis Samuel. At least we went three-and-out differently than we usually do.

The Panthers go three-and-out, so nothing has changed on offense.

The Panthers first play is a Christian McCaffrey run up the middle, as expected. It lost a yard, as expected.

The Panthers are challenging that the Falcons illegally touched the ball after going out of bounds, and the challenge is upheld. The Panthers have elected to take a touchback and will start at the 20-yard line instead of the 1-yard line. That’s a big difference.

The Falcons pull off the perfect punt and down the ball at the CAR 1-yard line. The Panthers will have to go 99 yards if they want to score a touchdown, which I would assume is exactly what they want to do.

Matt Ryan overthrows the receiver so it’s fourth-and-6. Good work by the defense to apply pressure and force the punt.

Big third-and-6 for the defense here. Let’s see what happens.

The Falcons are already at midfield, which is probably a good sign of how this game is going to go today.

Joey Slye hit the crossbar with the kickoff. The NFL should give teams a reward for making a field goal with kickoffs.

The Panthers will start on defense after losing the coin toss.

Kickoff is only a few moments away. Stay tuned for live updates and running commentary!


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When: Sunday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. ET
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