Tony Gonzalez had a big day, but it wasn't enough to avoid a big loss for the Falcons at the hands of the Panthers, 34-10, at Bank of America Stadium.
Matt Ryan was haunted by turnovers, going 20 for 27 with 219 yards passing, one touchdown and three picks. For the Panthers, Cam Newton wound up 23 for 37 with 249 yards passing, two touchdowns (1 pass, 1 rush) and two picks.
Steven Jackson gained 57 yards on 13 carries in addition to three receptions for 19 yards. Gonzalez was a leading receiver, hauling in six balls for 81 yards with a touchdown.
The Atlanta defense allowed 131 yards rushing and 249 passing. They tackled Newton for a sack.
Panthers tight end Greg Olsen was impressive, churning out 66 receiving yards and one touchdown.
Next week, the Falcons host the Seahawks (7-1) while the Panthers head to San Francisco to face the 49ers (6-2).
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