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Throwback: Falcons defeat Panthers in their first NFL game

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Atlanta Falcons defeated the Carolina Panthers in their first NFL game. The Falcons won 23-20 in overtime in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. 

With the win, the Falcons improved to 1-0 on the season. The Panthers fell to 0-1. 

Carolina Panthers quarterback Frank Reich takes the snap against the San Francisco 49ers in a preseason game
Frank Reich takes the snap against the San Francisco 49ers in a preseason game (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

Panthers quarterback Frank Reich went 23 of 44 for 329 yards. He had two touchdown passes. 

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Reich threw the first touchdown pass in franchise history. 

Randy Baldwin led the team with 17 carries for 43 yards. Willie Green led the team with seven receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown. 

Falcons quarterback Jeff George went 27 of 45 for 290 yards. He had two touchdown passes and one interception. 

Craig Heyward led the backs with 19 carries for 61 yards. Eric Metcalf also led the receivers with nine receptions for 95 yards. 

Falcons kicker Morten Andersen gave his team the win. He made a 35-yard field goal in overtime to get the win. 

Both teams scored a touchdown in the second half. George hit Bert Emanuel for a five-yard touchdown reception. 

Reich hit Green for a 44-yard touchdown reception. 

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The teams were tied at halftime with 13 points each. Reich hit Pete Metzelaars for an eight-yard touchdown reception. John Kasay also had two field goals. 

Kasay first made a 39-yard field goal. He also made a 41-yard field goal. 

George hit J.J. Birden for a 12-yard touchdown reception. Andersen made two field goals. 

He first made a 27-yard field goal. He also made a 51-yard field goal. 

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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