(ATLANTA) — The Atlanta Falcons rallied to beat the Carolina Panthers 30-28 behind a game-winning 40-yard field goal by kicker Matt Bryant.
The Falcons improved to 4-0 on the season and are off to their best start since 2004. They are also 4-0 for the third time in team history.
Matt Ryan had another huge game, throwing for 369 yards and three touchdowns, despite being sacked a career-high seven times. Receiver Roddy White hauled in eight passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
Running back Michael Turner added 103 yards on the ground and a 60-yard touchdown pass from Ryan.
The Panthers, who dropped to 1-3 on the year thought they had the game won when Cam Newton tried running for a first down with under a minute remaining. He fumbled the ball and forced the Panthers to punt.
Ryan led the Falcons down the field in a series which was highlighted by a 59-yard pass to White, setting up the Bryant field goal.
Newton rebounded from a tough game against the Giants in week three by throwing for 215 yards and two scores, while also running for 86 yards and a touchdown.
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Billy Hallowell, Deseret News
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