Falcons Defeat Panthers in OT Thriller, Claim First Place in NFC South

In a critical battle for first place in the maligned NFC South, the Falcons defeated the Panthers, 37-34, in overtime on Sunday in Atlanta.

Placekicker Younghoe Koo drilled a 41-yard field goal on the Falcons’ second possession of OT to seal the victory and give the Falcons (4-4) sole possession of first place in the NFC South.

The game went into overtime after quarterback PJ Walker, the former XFL quarterback making just his third NFL start, hit wide receiver DJ Moore for a 62-yard touchdown with 12 seconds remaining in regulation, but Moore was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct after removing his helmet, which led to Eddy Pineiro missing a 48-yard extra point.

The mayhem continued in overtime. The Falcons won the coin toss, but QB Marcus Mariota threw an interception while he was trying to force the ball into double coverage, allowing Panthers CB C.J. Henderson to run the ball back to the Atlanta 20-yard line. That gave Pineiro a chance to win the game with a 33-yard field goal try, but he missed it wide left.

The Falcons got the ball back and drove the ball down the field to the Carolina 23-yard line to set up Koo for the game-winning field goal.

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