Halftime thoughts: Falcons-Panthers

December, 9, 2012
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There’s a very strange game going on at Bank of America Stadium.

The Atlanta Falcons, who have the NFC’s best record (11-1), are struggling against one of the NFL’s worst teams. The Carolina Panthers are leading the Falcons 16-0 at halftime.

Atlanta’s offense has been dismal. The Falcons only have possessed the ball for 6 minutes, 12 seconds. Carolina’s defense has been good, but the real story is Carolina’s offense.

The Panthers have 270 yards of total offense at the half, and quarterback Cam Newton has 178 passing yards (and a touchdown) and 45 rushing yards. Carolina’s offense has done a great job of keeping Atlanta’s offense off the field.

But this one’s far from over. Atlanta has a history of making comebacks and the story of Carolina’s season has been its inability to hold onto leads.

I’ll be back with a Rapid Reaction soon after the game ends.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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