CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It wasn't the Super Bowl. And it wasn't a 25-point lead. But the Falcons are becoming known for blowing leads.After taking a 10-point lead in the first quarter, Atlanta watched Carolina storm back for a key division win, 20-17 Sunday.Panthers fans have delighted in reminding their NFC South rival about the 28-3 third-quarter lead it gave up in a Super Bowl LI loss to New England in February, including with a sign outside the stadium Sunday.Inside the stadium it was Cam Newton, an Atlanta native and offseason resident, and a stout Panthers defense who were the Falcons' tormentors.An energetic and seemingly motivated Newton ran for 86 yards and scored on a headfirst-leaping 9-yard touchdown run. Newton pumped his fist, flexed his muscles and played up to the crowd in a game he knew the Panthers had to have to remain a half-game behind the first-place Saints in the South. "When the Panthers are emotionless, good things don't happen," Newton said. "If we can get Bank of America Stadium with a pulse, that's when we are at our best. That is what I was trying to do." Newton was coming off an emotional week in which his top target — and best friend on the team — Kelvin Benjamin was traded to the Bills. With the former FSU standout gone, the Panthers returned to their running game, racking up a season-high 201 yards on the ground. Newton led the Panthers' rushing attack for the fourth straight week, while rookie Christian McCaffrey added a career-high 66 yards rushing and a touchdown. Devin Funchess, now the No. 1 receiver, had 86 yards on five catches. Atlanta continued to struggle running the ball, Matt Ryan had a costly first-half interception and a wide-open Julio Jones dropped a 39-yard touchdown pass in the end zone. "With fumbles and drops and things like that, we're not trying to do it," Jones said. "It's just happening."The Panthers spotted the Falcons 10 points before the game turned late in the first half, with Carolina scoring two touchdowns in the final 2:35 to take the lead for good. The Falcons failed to convert a fourth and 1 at the Carolina 35 when former FSU running back Devonta Freeman was stuffed at the line of scrimmage by a gang of Panthers. With the crowd fired up, Newton took just six plays to get the Panthers into the end zone, shuffling a pitchout to McCaffrey for a 4-yard score.