Falcons–Panthers rivalry

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Atlanta Falcons–Carolina Panthers
Teams involved Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers
First contested September 3, 1995
Carolina 20, Atlanta 23 (OT)
Number of meetings 38 meetings
Most recent meeting December 29, 2013
Carolina 21, Atlanta 20
Next meeting 2014
All-time series ATL: leads 23–15–0
Current streak CAR: 3 wins
Championship Success

Super Bowl Championships (0)

  • ATL – None
  • CAR – None

Conference Championships (2)

Division Championships (8)

The Falcons–Panthers rivalry is a rivalry between the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. Both franchises have a combined nine divisional titles (eight as members of the same division) and two Super Bowl appearances, with the Falcons appearing in Super Bowl XXXIII and the Panthers appearing in Super Bowl XXXVIII.

The Panthers and Falcons have played each other twice a season every season since 1995, as members of both the NFC West (1995-2001) and NFC South (2002-present) divisions. Their games have been marked by intensity, close scores, and remarkable performances.

It is also known as the I-85 Rivalry due to Atlanta and Charlotte (home of the Panthers) being only five hours apart on Interstate 85. That moniker, however, has no real connection to games played between the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets, as these two franchises regrettably have no real rivalry; the Hawks to some extent were rivals of the original Charlotte Hornets from 1988–2002, before the team moved to New Orleans (the New Orleans team is now known as the Pelicans, and the current Charlotte team reclaimed the Hornets nickname and past history of the original franchise in 2014).

Beginning[edit]

Carolina's first ever regular season game was a 23–20 overtime loss to the Falcons on September 3, 1995. Later that season, Carolina defeated Atlanta 21–17 for their seventh win of the year–the most ever for an expansion franchise.[1]

Game results[edit]

Postseason Meeting Overtime Result

1990s (Tied 5-5)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location Notes
1995 September 3 Atlanta Falcons 23–20 (OT) Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome
December 17 Carolina Panthers 21–17 Atlanta Falcons Memorial Stadium
1996 September 1 Carolina Panthers 29–6 Atlanta Falcons Ericsson Stadium
November 3 Atlanta Falcons 20–17 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome
1997 September 7 Carolina Panthers 9–6 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome
October 26 Carolina Panthers 21–12 Atlanta Falcons Ericsson Stadium
1998 September 6 Atlanta Falcons 19–14 Carolina Panthers Ericsson Stadium
October 4 Atlanta Falcons 51–23 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome
1999 October 31 Atlanta Falcons 27–20 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome
November 28 Carolina Panthers 43–28 Atlanta Falcons Ericsson Stadium

2000s (Falcons 13-7)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location Notes
2000 September 17 Atlanta Falcons 15–10 Carolina Panthers Ericsson Stadium
October 29 Atlanta Falcons 13–12 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome
2001 September 23 Atlanta Falcons 24–16 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome
November 25 Atlanta Falcons 10–7 Carolina Panthers Ericsson Stadium
2002 October 20 Atlanta Falcons 30–0 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome
November 24 Atlanta Falcons 41–0 Carolina Panthers Ericsson Stadium
2003 September 28 Carolina Panthers 23–3 Atlanta Falcons Ericsson Stadium
December 7 Atlanta Falcons 20–14 (OT) Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome
2004 October 3 Atlanta Falcons 27–10 Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium
December 18 Atlanta Falcons 34–31 (OT) Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome
2005 December 4 Carolina Panthers 24–6 Atlanta Falcons Bank of America Stadium
January 1 Carolina Panthers 44–11 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome
2006 September 10 Atlanta Falcons 20–6 Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium
December 24 Carolina Panthers 10–3 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome
2007 September 23 Carolina Panthers 27–20 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome
November 11 Atlanta Falcons 20–13 Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium
2008 September 28 Carolina Panthers 24–9 Atlanta Falcons Bank of America Stadium
November 23 Atlanta Falcons 45–28 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome
2009 September 20 Atlanta Falcons 28–20 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome
November 15 Carolina Panthers 28–19 Atlanta Falcons Bank of America Stadium

2010s (Falcons 5-3)[edit]

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location Notes
2010 December 12 Atlanta Falcons 31–10 Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium
January 2 Atlanta Falcons 31–10 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome
2011 October 16 Atlanta Falcons 31–17 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome
December 11 Atlanta Falcons 31–23 Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium
2012 September 30 Atlanta Falcons 30–28 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome
December 9 Carolina Panthers 30–20 Atlanta Falcons Bank of America Stadium
2013 November 3 Carolina Panthers 34–10 Atlanta Falcons Bank of America Stadium
December 29 Carolina Panthers 21–20 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome

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