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1-1, 2nd in NFC South

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Are these the ‘'Dad'' shoes of Seattle coach Pete Carroll or Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey? If you guessed Carroll you are wrong even thought Carroll gets all the credit after a pair of his Nike Air Monarch IVs sold for $3,500 on eBay. McCaffrey got these initially as a joke with cornerback Captain Munnerlyn. They were so comfortable he kept wearing them. ‘'I'd like to think I kind of started the Pete Carroll style,'' McCaffrey said with a laugh.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Future Hall of Fame defensive end Julius Peppers played only 21 of 63 snaps (33 percent) in Sunday's loss to Atlanta after playing 50 percent of the snaps a year ago. Defensive coordinator Eric Washington said that has to change after a defensive effort that coach Ron Rivera called “terrible.'' “He needs to play more and he will,'' Washington said. “We need to do a better job with the rotation, getting Pep in the game in obvious passing situations. There is no reason why his snap count has been what it is.''

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian McCaffrey has 20 catches in two games, including 14 against Atlanta to tie Steve Smith's single-game record for the most in Carolina history. The total also tied for the most by a running back in a single game in the last 37 seasons (since 1981). McCaffrey's one target he didn't catch against Atlanta was a throwaway by Cam Newton. If he maintains this pace McCaffrey will destroy the league's single-season record for catches by a running back. Matt Forte caught 102 passes at Chicago in 2014.

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Rivera: Cam should feel safer under new rules

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Cam Newton should feel safer under the NFL's new rules than he did two years ago when the quarterback criticized the league for not penalizing what he considered illegal hits on him.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Ron Rivera reiterated he disagreed with the pass interference call against rookie Donte Jackson on third-and-9 that led to an Atlanta touchdown. Not only did Rivera consider the ball not cachable he said Jackson and the receiver got to the ball at the same time. It was a very pivotal play in the game. One Rivera will send to the league for review.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera believes Cam Newton feels safer today than a few years ago when he wasn't getting calls for hits like the one Sunday that resulted in the ejection of the Atlanta safety.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Ron Rivera starts his press conference by announcing Panthers' hurricane relief program. Donning two state T-shirt with the slogan ‘'we share more than a state line'' that will be sold with all proceeds going to the North and South Carolina hurricane relief funds. They can be purchased at CAREolinas.com.

Ryan: 'I'm not ging to out Cam, Cam' (0:34)
Rivera: 'We made too many mistakes' (0:45)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian McCaffrey's 14 receptions against Atlanta tied Steve Smith's single-game record for the most in Carolina history. The total also tied for the most by a running back in a single game in the last 37 seasons (since 1981). Roy Helu, Marshall Faulk and Brian Westbrook also had 14 in a game in that span.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said the NFL isn't made for ‘'cheap shots'' like the one he took in the first half that resulted in the ejection of the Atlanta safety.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn on wide receiver Torrey Smith going after the Atlanta defender that was ejected for his late hit on a sliding Cam Newton: “I'm kind of glad it's not the NBA. Because if you leave the bench a lot of guys would have been suspended. My reaction . . . that's B.S. Trying to take that out of his game, to do that is outrageous. They handled that the right way, and I believe Torrey handled it the right way, too, even if he gets a fine. He definitely handled it the right way trying to take care of his teammates.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson says the hamstring injury was just a strain and he should be Ok and ready to go against the Bengals next week.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

That the Panthers only lost by a touchdown (31-24) to Atlanta with all the injuries to the offensive line, poor run defense and two starters going out in the secondary it was almost like a win. Now they find themselves needing to win their next two games against Cincinnati and the New York Giants, both at home with a bye in between. It may be early to say it's critical. But if Carolina can get to 3-1 with all the injuries and with outside linebacker Thomas Davis set to return from his suspension after four games that would soften the blow of this loss. Anything less might make it difficult to keep pace in the NFC South.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton is the running quarterback, but Atlanta's Matt Ryan now has two rushing touchdowns and a two-touchdown lead. Ryan had five career rushing touchdowns coming into the game.Never had two in a game until now. Quite certain gap control and discipline up front will be a big part of Ron Rivera's postgame talk.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers rookie cornerback Donte Jackson will not return. Has a hamstring injury. Panthers now have lost two starters in the secondary today with safety Da'Norrisi Searcy suffering a concussion. That group was thin enough as it was.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers hanging around with that Cam Newton touchdown pass to Torrey Smith, but the defensive front has to tighten up against the run and get pressure on Matt Ryan to keep it close.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers hadn't allowed a back to rush for 100 yards or more in 21 straight games, the longest streak in the NFL, until Atlanta's Tevin Coleman did it just then. Coleman has 11 carries for 104 yards. Panthers are losing containment up front and Falcons are taking advantage.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers safety Da'Norris Searcy has a concussion and is out the remainder of the game. Rookie Rashaan Gaulden is up. Not having that experience against Matt Ryan could be big.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Considering how dire the Panthers' situation on the offensive line was due to injuries the first half was a success despite a 17-10 deficit. Credit Norv Turner's game plan that Cam Newton executed well with a lot of play-action and dump-off passes to Christian McCaffrey, who had six catches for 47 yards. Carolina will need more of that in the second half to keep the Atlanta pass rush off Newton and keep pace with the Falcons who are starting to get their explosive passing game on track, particularly in the red zone where they struggled a week ago.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Terrible series for Panthers rookie corner Donte Jackson. Pass interference penalty. Twenty-six yard run surrendered by missing tackle at line. Eleven-yard touchdown pass surrendered. Although to be air had the official gotten the pass interference penalty right on third-and-9 and not called it the rest wouldn't have happened.

Team Stats

Passing Yards232.020th
Rushing Yards134.05th
Points For20.0
Points Against19.5Tied-8th

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