Carolina checks Atlanta's running game

Panthers 10 Falcons 3

Nfl Week 16

Gameday

December 25, 2006

ATLANTA -- The Carolina Panthers broke a four-game losing streak and all but ended Atlanta's playoff hopes yesterday, beating the Falcons, 10-3, by shutting down the league's top running attack.

The Falcons, who lead the league with 193 rushing yards per game, were outrushed 183-83 by a balanced attack that helped fill-in quarterback Chris Weinke end a 17-game losing streak as a starter.

The Falcons (7-8) lost their last four home games of the season for the first time since 1989.

On his first carry, Atlanta's Michael Vick rushed for 17 yards to become the first NFL quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Morten Andersen gave the Falcons a 3-0 lead with a 40-yard field goal in the first quarter that moved him past Gary Anderson for the all-time lead with 539.

Carolina 0 10 0 0-10

Atlanta 3 0 0 0-3

First quarter Atl-FG Andersen 40, 10:32.

Second quarter Car-King 1 pass from Weinke (Kasay kick), 14:56. Car-FG Kasay 42, 1:51. A-68,834.

Car Atl

First downs 15 8

Total net yards 194 177

Rushes-yards 52-183 19-83

Passing 11 94

Punt returns 2-5 5-18

Kickoff returns 1-23 3-33

Interceptions ret. 2-1 0-0

Comp-Att-Int 4-7-0 9-20-2

Sacked-Yards Lost 3-21 3-15

Punts 6-48.8 5-47.2

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 8-62 4-35

Time of possession 41:47 18:13 Rushing-Carolina, Foster 28-102, D.Williams 21-82, Hoover 1-4, Weinke 1-0, S.Smith 1-(minus 5). Atlanta, Vick 4-32, Dunn 9-29, Norwood 5-20, Jenkins 1-2. Passing-Carolina, Weinke 4-7-0-32. Atlanta, Vick 9-20-2-109. Receiving-Carolina, K.Johnson 1-21, Foster 1-5, D.Williams 1-5, King 1-1. Atlanta, Lelie 3-40, Crumpler 3-39, R.White 1-12, Dunn 1-9, Jenkins 1-9.

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