‘A Day at the Races’: Falcons’ Nick Chubb, Panthers’ Justin Pugh face off for NFC South title
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“We are playing the best football in the league.
It is about being focused on each other,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said.
“We have to do a lot better to be successful in this league.”
The Panthers and Falcons, which play Monday night in Atlanta, meet for the NFC South championship.
The Falcons have won five straight games, their longest winning streak since the 2004 season.
Atlanta is the only team in the NFC East division to reach 10 straight wins.
They are 11-2 against the NFC West since losing their last game.
“They are the better team in this division,” Quinn said of the Panthers.
“The question is: Are we winning?”
After getting beaten twice by New Orleans, Carolina has won seven straight against Atlanta.
The Panthers are 8-0 when leading at halftime and 4-1 when trailing at halftime.
“I know we are going to have to play hard, but I think we are in great shape for a long time,” Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said.
New Orleans (9-3) allowed the Panthers to throw for a league-high 295 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing for 119 yards and four touchdowns.
New York (9/13) outgained New Orleans 496 to 265 yards.
The Giants are 1-5 against the Falcons.
New England has lost three of four and seven of eight.
The Patriots are 4-5 when leading in the fourth quarter and 0-4 when trailing.
Atlanta’s Ryan is 3-0 in the playoffs with a 24-14 record, while Matt Ryan is 1-4.
“You know when you play great teams, that’s when you win,” Ryan said.
Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu said his favorite part of the season was watching the Saints.
“It’s like the NBA playoffs.
You know when they are winning and you know they are losing and they are getting close,” Sanu told reporters.
“But they are playing like a great team and we are not.”
The Falcons and Saints will meet again in the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 in Glendale, Ariz.
The Saints have won six of seven and have been outscored by 23 points or more 11 times in this series.
“This is the best game we’ve played in years,” Falcons safety Keanu Neal said.
Saints linebacker Deion Jones, who missed Sunday’s loss to Atlanta with a concussion, was a game-time decision for the Falcons, who practice Monday.
He was in the lineup because defensive end David Hawthorne is questionable with a sprained left knee.
Falcons receiver Julio Jones missed his second straight game because of a concussion and did not participate in Sunday’s practice.
He will play for the second straight day against the Panthers if he is available.
Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who was limited in practice earlier in the week with a hamstring injury, said Sunday that he will play.
“Hopefully we can win this one,” Benjamin said.
The game will be broadcast on NFL Network from Superdome.
“We are playing the best football in the league.It is about being focused on each other,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn…
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