Big numbers, big win for Falcons
ATLANTA — Matt Ryan and Julio Jones brought down some team records — and the defending NFC champion.
Ryan shredded Carolina's defense, passing for a team-record 503 yards and four touchdowns, Jones had 12 receptions for a Falcons-record 300 yards, and Atlanta overwhelmed the struggling Panthers 48-33 on Sunday.
A week after being held to one catch in a win at New Orleans, Jones had a 75-yard scoring catch late against Carolina as Atlanta solidified its early hold on the NFC South lead. Jones' 12 catches came on 15 targets.
"We got Julio the ball in space and when he has the ball in space, he's so explosive," Ryan said.
The totals by Ryan and Jones are the most ever allowed by Carolina, and it's the first time teammates had 500 yards passing and 300 receiving in the same game, according to Elias.
Carolina quarterback Cam Newton left in the fourth quarter with a concussion (more, 9C). Three fourth-quarter touchdowns came too late for the Panthers.