5 things to know before today’s Panthers-Falcons kickoff

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Falcons defensive coordinator Dean Pees discusses the difference between pressure and coverage as the team prepares for its next game vs. Carolina.

Here are five things to know before today’s Panthers (3-4) at Falcons (3-3) kickoff at 1 p.m. at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.:

1. Gilmore power. The Panthers activated cornerback Stephon Gilmore on Saturday. He could see some time going against Falcons rookie tight end Kyle Pitts.

2. Terrell cleared: Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell, who didn’t finished last week’s game because of concussion, was cleared Friday to play. Also, cornerback Avery Williams, who missed the past two games, is set to return. He’s set to split nickel-back duties with Richie Grant.

3. Where to watch, listen and team: Fox will handle the TV broadcast with Kevin Kugler handling play-by-play, Mark Sanchez as analyst and Laura Okmin as the sideline reporter. Click here for radio and streaming info.

4. Matchups: In addition to looking for Gilmore on Pitts, here are three matchups to watch.

5. Series record: This will be the 53rd meeting. The Falcons lead the series 33-19.

The Panthers normally play the Falcons tough.

The two teams split their matchups last season. The Panthers won 23-21 on Oct. 11 in Dan Quinn’s last game as coach. He was fired a few hours after the game.

Three weeks later, interim coach Raheem Morris led the Falcons to a 25-17 victory Oct. 29.

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