All things considered, they might have taken this coming in today.
Jake Delhomme hasn't made the big mistake (though he tried on an in-the-grasp underhand lob), but his defensive teammates are having a hard time stopping Matt Ryan.
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The second-year Falcons QB seemingly has Tony Gonzalez whenever he wants him, and there's that Roddy White guy over there too.
The big scare for the Panthers came on their last two plays of the half, when WRs Muhsin Muhammad and Steve Smith had to be helped off the field.
They brought a cart out to haul Smith in, but he waved it off, and walked in gingerly with trainers after the Panthers Hail Mary attempt to close the half was batted down.
They're running it well enough, but until they slow down Ryan, they're going to struggle to get back in this one.