NFC South title on the line. Both coaches on the hot seat. Especially the Falcons Mike Smith.
Who will step up and play big? For Atlanta QB Matt Ryan has proven to be a cool customer in the regular season engineering multiple 4th quarter comebacks. The Panthers Cam Newton returns to his native Atlanta playing similar to the way he did when he was an All Pro in 2011.
The keys to this game will be:
Which team can run the ball the best.
Who wins the turnover battle
We look for the Falcons to open the playbook. With Steven Jackson out, it leaves room for their small speedy backs Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rogers to use their speed and elusiveness to move the ball more on the ground and in the air. Both men are effective as receivers so Matt Ryan will look to strike anytime a 1 on 1 opportunity presents itself.
The Panthers running attack has averaged over 200 yards per game over its last 4 played. Also Cam Newton has once again become and integral part of the Carolina run attack/
To the winner goes the spoils…Stay tuned.