Ryan, Falcons avenge earlier loss to Panthers, 25-17

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Carolina Panthers helmet (Photo: Ed Clemente / MGN)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt Ryan threw for 281 yards and ran for a touchdown, Younghoe Koo made four field goals and the Atlanta Falcons held on to beat the Carolina Panthers 25-17 to avoid a series season sweep.

The Falcons have had a penchant for squandering leads this season, coming into the game 1-3 when leading entering the fourth quarter.

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Carolina was driving late, but Atlanta stalled the rally when Blidi Wreh-Wilson intercepted Teddy Bridgewater near the Falcons’ 10-yard line with 1:04 remaining.

Todd Gurley grinded out 46 yards rushing and a touchdown, and Julio Jones added 137 yards receiving.