Falcons–Panthers rivalry

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Atlanta Falcons–Carolina Panthers
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Atlanta Falcons
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Carolina Panthers
First meeting September 3, 1995
Falcons 23, Panthers 20 (OT)
Latest meeting December 31, 2017
Falcons 22, Panthers 10
Next meeting September 16, 2018
Statistics
Meetings total 45 meetings
All-time series ATL leads, 28–18
Current win streak ATL: 1
Championship success

Super Bowl Championships (0)

  • ATL – None
  • CAR – None

Conference championships (4)

Division championships (12)

The Falcons–Panthers rivalry is a rivalry between the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. Both franchises have a combined twelve divisional titles (eleven as members of the same division) and four Super Bowl appearances, with the Falcons appearing in Super Bowls XXXIII and LI and the Panthers appearing in Super Bowls XXXVIII and 50.

The Panthers and Falcons have played each other twice a year since 1995, as members of both the NFC West (1995–2001) and NFC South (2002–present) divisions. Their games have been marked by intensity, close scores, and remarkable performances.

It is also known as the "I-85 Rivalry" due to Atlanta and Charlotte being only four hours apart on Interstate 85. Indeed, games between the two feature large contingents of Falcons fans at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte and Panthers fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (prior to 2017, the Georgia Dome) in Atlanta.

Beginning[edit]

Carolina's first ever regular season game was a 23–20 overtime loss to the Falcons on September 3, 1995. Later that season, Carolina defeated Atlanta 21–17 for their seventh win of the year–the most ever for an expansion franchise.[1] Carolina faced Atlanta in the first regular season game played at Ericsson Stadium (now Bank of America Stadium) in 1996, which the Panthers won.

Game results[edit]

Postseason Meeting Overtime Result

1990s (Tied 5-5)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location Notes Series
1995 September 3 Atlanta Falcons 23–20 (OT) Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome The inaugural game. 1–0–0 ATL
December 17 Carolina Panthers 21–17 Atlanta Falcons Memorial Stadium 1–1–0
1996 September 1 Carolina Panthers 29–6 Atlanta Falcons Ericsson Stadium Panthers' inaugural regular season game at Ericsson Stadium. 2–1–0 CAR
November 3 Atlanta Falcons 20–17 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome 2–2–0
1997 September 7 Carolina Panthers 9–6 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome 3–2–0 CAR
October 26 Carolina Panthers 21–12 Atlanta Falcons Ericsson Stadium Panthers' first ever sweep of Falcons. 4–2–0 CAR
1998 September 6 Atlanta Falcons 19–14 Carolina Panthers Ericsson Stadium 4–3–0 CAR
October 4 Atlanta Falcons 51–23 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome Falcons' first ever sweep of Panthers. 4–4–0
1999 October 31 Atlanta Falcons 27–20 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome 5–4–0 ATL
November 28 Carolina Panthers 43–28 Atlanta Falcons Ericsson Stadium 5–5–0

2000s (Falcons 13-7)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location Notes Series
2000 September 17 Atlanta Falcons 15–10 Carolina Panthers Ericsson Stadium 6–5–0 ATL
October 29 Atlanta Falcons 13–12 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome 7–5–0 ATL
2001 September 23 Atlanta Falcons 24–16 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome 8–5–0 ATL
November 25 Atlanta Falcons 10–7 Carolina Panthers Ericsson Stadium 9–5–0 ATL
2002 October 20 Atlanta Falcons 30–0 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome Michael Vick's first game against the Panthers as Falcons starting QB. 10–5–0 ATL
November 24 Atlanta Falcons 41–0 Carolina Panthers Ericsson Stadium Largest shutout in rivalry. 11–5–0 ATL
2003 September 28 Carolina Panthers 23–3 Atlanta Falcons Ericsson Stadium 11–6–0 ATL
December 7 Atlanta Falcons 20–14 (OT) Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome 12–6–0 ATL
2004 October 3 Atlanta Falcons 27–10 Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium 13–6–0 ATL
December 18 Atlanta Falcons 34–31 (OT) Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome 14–6–0 ATL
2005 December 4 Carolina Panthers 24–6 Atlanta Falcons Bank of America Stadium 14–7–0 ATL
January 1 Carolina Panthers 44–11 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome 14–8–0 ATL
2006 September 10 Atlanta Falcons 20–6 Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium 15–8–0 ATL
December 24 Carolina Panthers 10–3 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome 15–9–0 ATL
2007 September 23 Carolina Panthers 27–20 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome 15–10–0 ATL
November 11 Atlanta Falcons 20–13 Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium 16–10–0 ATL
2008 September 28 Carolina Panthers 24–9 Atlanta Falcons Bank of America Stadium Matt Ryan's first game against the Panthers as Falcons starting QB. 16–11–0 ATL
November 23 Atlanta Falcons 45–28 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome 17–11–0 ATL
2009 September 20 Atlanta Falcons 28–20 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome 18–11–0 ATL
November 15 Carolina Panthers 28–19 Atlanta Falcons Bank of America Stadium 18–12–0 ATL

2010s (Falcons 10-6)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location Notes Series
2010 December 12 Atlanta Falcons 31–10 Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium 19–12–0 ATL
January 2 Atlanta Falcons 31–10 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome 20–12–0 ATL
2011 October 16 Atlanta Falcons 31–17 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome Cam Newton's first game against Atlanta as Panthers starting QB. 21–12–0 ATL
December 11 Atlanta Falcons 31–23 Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium 22–12–0 ATL
2012 September 30 Atlanta Falcons 30–28 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome 23–12–0 ATL
December 9 Carolina Panthers 30–20 Atlanta Falcons Bank of America Stadium 23–13–0 ATL
2013 November 3 Carolina Panthers 34–10 Atlanta Falcons Bank of America Stadium 23–14–0 ATL
December 30 Carolina Panthers 21–20 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome Panthers clinched NFC South title. 23–15–0 ATL
2014 November 16 Atlanta Falcons 19–17 Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium 24–15–0 ATL
December 28 Carolina Panthers 34–3 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome Panthers clinched NFC South title in winner-take-all game. 24–16–0 ATL
2015 December 13 Carolina Panthers 38–0 Atlanta Falcons Bank of America Stadium Panthers hand the Falcons their first shutout since 2004. 24–17–0 ATL
December 27 Atlanta Falcons 20–13 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome Falcons spoiled Panthers' until-then-perfect season. 25–17–0 ATL
2016 October 2 Atlanta Falcons 48–33 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome 26–17–0 ATL
December 24 Atlanta Falcons 33–16 Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium 27–17–0 ATL
2017 November 5 Carolina Panthers 20–17 Atlanta Falcons Bank of America Stadium 27–18–0 ATL
December 5 Atlanta Falcons 22–10 Carolina Panthers Mercedes-Benz Stadium Falcons clinched a playoff berth with victory. 28–18–0 ATL

References[edit]

  1. ^ In Panthers- Falcons Rivalry, Dislike Runs Deep On Both Sides. Since Cam Newton has come to Carolina, the Panthers have been 0-3 against the Falcons from Associated press, posted 8 September 2006.