Oct. 30 (UPI) — Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan mentioned he hopes the staff’s newest victory — a 25-17 win over the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Evening Soccer — could be the “begin of one thing” after their 1-6 begin to the season.

Ryan accomplished 21 of 30 passes for 281 yards and an interception within the win on Thursday at Financial institution of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. He additionally had a dashing landing.

“It simply felt prefer it was going to be a special night time,” Ryan advised reporters. “I hope it is the beginning of one thing.”

Falcons extensive receiver Julio Jones broke free for 137 yards and 7 catches within the win. Deion Jones, Isaiah Oliver and Dante Fowler Jr. every had sacks for Atlanta. Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo made 4 subject objectives.

“Now we have been in it in each recreation we have performed this yr,” Ryan mentioned. “We have had some loopy losses. I imagine we now have the caliber of staff to be in each recreation this season. That is the mindset we now have.”

The Falcons took a 3-Zero lead when Koo made a 20-yard subject objective on the sport’s first possession. The Panthers responded with a six-play, 52-yard scoring drive, which was capped off by a 12-yard Curtis Samuel dashing landing.

Atlanta then received one other Koo subject objective to lower the Carolina lead to 7-6. The Panthers pushed their lead to 14-6 with a Teddy Bridgewater landing toss to Samuel 2:12 into the second quarter.

Ryan then broke free for a 13-yard dashing rating on the following drive to lower the Panthers lead to 14-13. Koo then made his third subject objective simply earlier than the break to give the Falcons a 16-14 lead at halftime.

He additionally made a 29-yard try on Atlanta’s first drive of the second half. Joey Slye then made a subject objective for the Panthers on the ensuing third-quarter possession.

The Falcons answered the Slye subject objective with an 11-play, 70-yard landing drive. Todd Gurley ran for a three-yard dashing rating to cap off that possession. Neither staff posted factors for the ultimate 11 minutes of the sport.

“Powerful loss,” mentioned Bridgewater, who accomplished 15 of 23 passes for 176 yards, a landing and an interception for the Panthers.

“We have simply received to discover methods to end these video games. That may’t be the widespread factor round right here, developing brief. We get this weekend off, we’re on the midpoint of the season, I feel it is a good time for us to replicate — see a few of the issues we have completed effectively the primary half of the season and see what we’d like to enhance on.”

The Panthers (3-5) face the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs at 1 p.m. EDT on Nov. eight at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas Metropolis, Mo. The Falcons (2-6) host the Denver Broncos at 1 p.m. EDT on Nov. eight at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

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