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NFL Week 8 Game Recap: Atlanta Falcons 37, Carolina Panthers 34

Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota (1) looks for an open receiver against the Carolina Panthers in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

In thrilling overtime fashion, the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Carolina Panthers 37-34. Now at 4-4, the Falcons have gained sole possession of first place in the NFL South.

Offensive spotlight: Despite the loss, the standout player on offense in this game has to be Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore — for both the best and worst reasons. Moore hauled in six catches on 11 targets for 152 yards and a touchdown. That touchdown should have given his team the victory, but a penalty on Moore for celebrating pushed the extra point back. The extra point was ultimately missed, which is why the game went to overtime. 

Defensive spotlight: On first review, Panthers cornerback C.J. Henderson earned the best defensive grade of anyone on either team.  He snagged an interception in overtime that should have led to an easy field goal and a win after a great return by Henderson.

Rookie spotlight: Falcons rookie pass-rusher Arnold Ebiketie was second among rookies in QB pressures heading into this week, with 16. He added three more pressures on the day and was Atlanta’s top-graded pass-rusher on the defensive line.

Offensive line spotlight: Falcons offensive linemen Kaleb McGary and Chris Lindstrom will likely end up as the two highest-graded offensive linemen in this game. McGary even finished the game with an elite initial run-blocking grade on first review. 

Box Score

Passing
Carolina Panthers
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
PJ Walker 20.7 19 / 36 317 8.8 1 1 1 80.4
Atlanta Falcons
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Marcus Mariota 24.4 20 / 28 253 9.0 3 2 2 105.2
Rushing
Carolina Panthers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
D'Onta Foreman 34.8 26 118 4.5 3 16 0
DJ Moore 30.5 1 3 3.0 0 3 0
PJ Walker 20.7 1 20 20.0 0 20 0
Spencer Brown 2.7 6 27 4.5 0 7 0
Raheem Blackshear 0.1 2 1 0.5 0 3 0
Atlanta Falcons
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Marcus Mariota 24.4 6 43 7.2 0 30 0
Tyler Allgeier 17.5 14 39 2.8 0 13 0
Caleb Huntley 9.1 16 91 5.7 0 30 0
Olamide Zaccheaus 1.4 1 -6 -6.0 0 -6 0
Receiving
Carolina Panthers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
D'Onta Foreman 34.8 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
DJ Moore 30.5 11 6 152 13.8 1 62
Terrace Marshall Jr. 12.7 9 4 87 9.7 0 39
Laviska Shenault Jr. 7.6 6 5 26 4.3 0 13
Stephen Sullivan 4.3 2 1 33 16.5 0 33
Tommy Tremble 3.7 4 2 17 4.2 0 9
Spencer Brown 2.7 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
Ian Thomas 1.2 1 1 2 2.0 0 2
Shi Smith 0.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
Atlanta Falcons
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Kyle Pitts 19.0 9 5 80 8.9 1 33
Tyler Allgeier 17.5 3 3 46 15.3 1 25
Damiere Byrd 15.7 6 3 67 11.2 1 47
Drake London 7.1 5 4 31 6.2 0 17
Avery Williams 2.7 2 2 7 3.5 0 8
Parker Hesse 1.9 1 1 9 9.0 0 9
Olamide Zaccheaus 1.4 1 1 10 10.0 0 10
Bryan Edwards 1.3 1 1 3 3.0 0 3

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