Falcons–Panthers rivalry

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Atlanta Falcons–Carolina Panthers
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Atlanta Falcons
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Carolina Panthers
First meeting September 3, 1995
Carolina 20, Atlanta 23 (OT)
Latest meeting December 27, 2015
Atlanta 20, Carolina 13
Next meeting October 2, 2016
Statistics
Meetings total 42 meetings
All-time series ATL leads, 25–17
Current win streak ATL: 1
Championship Success

Super Bowl Championships (0)

  • ATL – None
  • CAR – None

Conference Championships (3)

Division Championships (11)

The Falcons–Panthers rivalry is a rivalry between the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. Both franchises have a combined eleven divisional titles (ten as members of the same division) and three Super Bowl appearances, with the Falcons appearing in Super Bowl XXXIII and the Panthers appearing in Super Bowls XXXVIII and 50.

The Panthers and Falcons have played each other twice a year 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 four hours apart on Interstate 85. Indeed, games between the two feature large contingents of Falcons fans at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte and Panthers fans at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

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] Atlanta played host to the first regular season game played at Bank of America Stadium (then Ericsson Stadium) in 1996, which the Panthers won.

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 Michael Vick's first game against the Panthers as Falcons starting QB.
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 7-5)[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 30 Carolina Panthers 21–20 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome Panthers clinched NFC South title
2014 November 16 Atlanta Falcons 19–17 Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium
December 28 Carolina Panthers 34–3 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome Panthers clinched NFC South title in winner-take-all game
2015 December 13 Carolina Panthers 38–0 Atlanta Falcons Bank of America Stadium Panthers hand the Falcons their first shutout since 2004.
December 27 Atlanta Falcons 20–13 Carolina Panthers Georgia Dome Falcons spoiled Panthers' until-then-perfect season

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