By the numbers: Can Panthers stop Falcons’ run game?


By the numbers: Can Panthers stop Falcons’ run game?

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Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and quarterback Matt Ryan react on the sidelines after Jones dropped a certain touchdown pass in the end zone during the fourth quarter against the Panthers in a NFL football game on Sunday, November 5, 2017, in Charlotte. The Panthers held on to beat the Falcons 20-17. Curtis Compton/

A lot will be on line when the Falcons host the Panthers in the regular-season finale Sunday. The Falcons earn a playoff berth and a No. 6 seed with a win. The Panthers still have a chance at the NFC South title.

The Falcons may have trouble running the ball as the Panthers are No. 6 in the NFL in run defense, allowing just 89.9 yards per game.

Here’s a look at some of the key statistics in the matchup:

Statistic                                 Falcons                   Panthers

Total offense                         No. 9 (364.4)           No. 17 (332.7)

Pass offense                          No.9  (245.3)           No. 27 (194.4)

Run offense                           No. 10 (119.1)         No. 4 (134.3)

Third-down percentage   No. 1 (45)                  No. 6 (42)

Total defense                       No. 10 (323.1)          No. 7 (313.5)

Pass defense                        No. 12 (217.9)          No. 16 (223.6)

Run defense                         No. 8 (105.2)             No. 6 (89.9)

Turnover margin                 No. 25 (minus-5)    No. 15 (plus-2)

Sacks                                       No. 14 (37)                No. 3 (49)

Sacks allowed                     No. 6  (23)                  No. 14 (33)

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