4:05 PM ET, October 3, 2004
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons stormed off Carolina's field, a victory in hand and a message for the rest of the NFL."We own the South!" linebacker Keith Brooking shouted.
Falcons-Panthers: What have Mora and Donatell done to get this defense clicking?
The new coaching staff did the right thing when it realized the personnel was better fitted for a 4-3 defense. The coaches didn't try and put the players in a poor situation, they schemed around the talent they had and are now reaping the benefits.
Jim Mora and Ed Donatell realized they had a young secondary and focused on providing them help by keeping pressure on opposing teams' offenses. They utilize the linebackers in a variety of different schemes that create pressure from different corners of the defense. Also they have excellent defensive ends that do a fine job creating pressure from the edges. That's why they are 4-0 and only getting better as the season goes along. This defense is going to take the team farther than the offense and will make this an extremely tough team to play come playoff time.
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.
Carolina RB Rod Smart left with a sprained knee and linebacker Mark Fields had lower back spasms. ... Atlanta's Dunn left with a hamstring strain. ... Falcons receiver Peerless Price had two catches and two personal fouls. .... Muhammad led all receivers with 114 yards on seven catches. ... The Panthers failed to sack Vick. ... Atlanta's Patrick Kerney had two sacks on Delhomme and has seven this season.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.4||5.9|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||6:32||WARRICK DUNN 38 YD RUN (JAY FEELY KICK) |
Drive: 5 plays, 78 yds, 2:28
|TD||8:25||DESHAUN FOSTER 1 YD RUN (JOHN KASAY KICK) |
Drive: 4 plays, 80 yds, 1:53
|FG||14:28||JAY FEELY 47 YD |
Drive: 10 plays, 39 yds, 6:03
|FG||4:50||JAY FEELY 30 YD |
Drive: 9 plays, 52 yds, 3:51
|FG||14:22||JOHN KASAY 26 YD |
Drive: 12 plays, 74 yds, 3:50
|TD||3:00||KEVIN MATHIS 35 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (JAY FEELY KICK)||20||10|
|TD||10:47||T.J. DUCKETT 4 YD RUN (JAY FEELY KICK) |
Drive: 5 plays, 40 yds, 3:00