(SL) – The Atlanta Falcons made a move to the top of the NFC Sunday after beating the Carolina Panthers 48-33. At 3-1, the Falcons now have a 2 game lead in the NFC South and feel confident that there won’t be a repeat of last season’s strong start (5-0, 6-1) and struggle finish that left them out of the playoffs.What’s different? They’re focused and stronger offensively which was proven against the Saints when star WR Julio Jones had just one catch and the Falcons proved to have more weapons than one. Fast forward to the Carolina game and Julio not only stepped up but broke his won franchise record with a 300 yard game. Something Falcons’ owner Arthur Blank celebrated on the sideline before finding his All-Pro WR and giving him a hug. Jones caught 12 passes for 300 yards including one 75-yard touchdown; and Ryan threw for a franchise record 503 yards, completing 28-37 passes with four touchdowns. The two put on a clinic for sure in front over 70 thousand fans at the Georgia Dome. Coach Quinn talked about their connection post game and a chemistry that’s undeniable.
Coach Quinn knew it would be an all-day fight against the Carolina Panthers and didn’t feel comfortable in the direction of victory until CB Robert Alford made two interceptions to solidify a win. Up next, the Falcons will take on an undefeated Denver Broncos team in Denver.