4 takeaways from the Panthers’ win at the Falcons in Week 5

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The Carolina Panthers produced the goods when it mattered

Just when it looked as if the Atlanta Falcons might get a touchdown to tie the game, the defense came up with a big play when it mattered most to keep the Carolina Panthers in the ascendancy.

Atlanta was getting plenty of joy moving the football in the second half, which could be attributed to the Panthers’ looking to consolidate after coming out after the interval with a 13-point advantage. With the game on a knife-edge, it was Juston Burris who came up with the end zone interception that completely shifted the momentum at the game’s most crucial stage.

The free-agent signing made a crucial error on a strip from Brian Burns earlier in the contest, so this was something of a redemption for the safety. There was still plenty of work to do for Carolina’s offense. But they held their nerve with a real statement drive that chewed up the clock and guaranteed them victory.

This was thanks in no small part to some violent running from Mike Davis, who finished off his best game in a Panthers’ uniform in the best possible way.

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And just like that, Carolina has reeled off three straight victories and now have a winning record. They appear well ahead of schedule in terms of their potential rebuild and the best thing is things will only get better the more time this group spends together on the field.