The Time Machine: A Falcons-Panthers History Lesson

Cara in 1992 with the competition team Stephanie’s Dancers.

Kristen dancing with the Georgia Dance Dawgs at UGA in 2010.

Natalie in 2001 as a Junior Falcons Cheerleader.

Kayla at age 12 as part of the competitive dance team at Tazz Dance School.

When Alexandria was dancing for the University of Alabama

Aleria in 2002 cheering for Walker Middle School

Amy cheering on Auburn University with mascot Tiger Paws at the Auburn vs. Alabama Iron Bowl in 2009.

Leslie in 2012 with the Georgia Tech Goldrush Dance Team

Lindsey in her high school cheerleading squad cheering on the football team.

Denita’s senior year of high school in college cheerleading.

Dana was a cheerleader at the University of Georgia, shown with Uga’s mascot.

Kat in 2009 as a Clemson cheerleader cheering on the mascot at a football game.

Bethany in high school in 2003 at the SpiritXpress Cheer Camp at UNC-Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC.

Alice dressed as a rabbit at her first dance recital at the age of three.

Jess F. dancing at Dance One Studios in 1998

Annemarie was a member of the Florida State University Golden Girl Dance Team.

Megan dancing for the University of Georgia Dance Dawgs.

Jasmine dances at halftime as part of the 14 Karat Gold Dancers, Bethune-Cookman University’s The Marching Wildcats.

Brianna competing on the Hawaii Pacific University dance team at NDA Nationals in 2012.

Kiley at three years old at the Easter Lily / Spring Flower Show at the Lincoln Park Conservatory in downtown Chicago /

Allison participating in dance as a child.

Alexa competed in a dance competition with Dance Dynamics Studio in 2003.

Taneshia in 2009 as a cheerleader at Morehouse College.

Cayla at age seven at Augusta West Dance Studio with her tap routine “Going to the Chapel”.

Macy on the competition team during high school cheerleading.

In 2006, Hope performed a hip hop routine on the dance team during her freshman year of high school in a competition.

Atlanta has the fourth-most wins of any series opponent with 23 wins heading into this season’s first matchup with Carolina. It’s an interesting note, especially when you consider that the two teams didn’t start playing each other until the Panthers were formed in 1995.

After outstanding defensive and special teams efforts and a strange late game play, the Falcons’ rivalry with the Panthers in Charlotte on September 17, 2000 was a highlight.

The game was made even stranger by the fact that the Falcons recovered a fumble at the Carolina 33-yard line in the first quarter and recovered a fumble at the Panthers 21-yard line in the third quarter, but failed to score. yes option Special teams also added a big rush, forcing Carolina to abort another field goal.

Birds CB Ray Buchanan helped Atlanta score early when he picked off a pass attempt by Carolina QB Steve Beuerlein and returned it 38 yards inside Panthers territory at their own 20-yard line. But three plays didn’t yield much yardage and K Morten Andersen was called on to punt 31 yards for the first points of the afternoon.

The Panthers had a chance to score on the game’s next drive, but DT Travis Hall and DE Chuck Wiley hit a 25-yard field goal attempt by K Richie Cunningham to thwart the scoring threat.

Falcons RB Jamal Anderson had a 77-yard field goal early in the second quarter after a 26-yard touchdown run for a 10-0 lead.

Carolina countered with its strong drive, converting three third downs on its next series, going 65 yards with 6:35 off the clock before Cunningham tied it with a 33-yard field goal.

The Panthers got the ball back with 1:51 left in the first half and tied the game when Beuerlein hit WR Muhsin Muhammad with less than 20 seconds left.

After a scoreless third quarter, Falcons CB Ashely Ambrose scooped a Beuerlein pass out of the air and returned it 36 ​​yards to help set up a 27-yard field goal in the fourth to break the tie.

On the next Panthers series, with just under three minutes remaining, Falcons S Ronnie Bradford forced Panthers RB Tshimanga Biakabutuka to fumble after a 37-yard gain in Falcons territory to preserve the lead.

Then the strangest play of the day happened.

Anderson broke free trying to seal the victory with a touchdown on a 42-yard run down the Panthers left sideline, but was stripped of the ball at the 16-yard line during the run. The ball goes untouched down the field before Panthers CB Doug Evans pops up to make a running back to recover the loose ball in the end zone.

But the officials ruled that Evans had both feet on the field of play after gaining possession, negating the turnover and getting the safety.

Atlanta collected a free throw with 1:55 left and ran out the clock for a 15-10 road victory.

Anderson led the offensive attack with 97 yards rushing and the only touchdown on the day for the Falcons, while running back Bob Christian led the way with six catches out of the backfield.

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