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Sunday, December 12, 2010
Wrap-up: Falcons 31, Panthers 10

By Pat Yasinskas

A quick review of Atlanta’s 31-10 victory against Carolina.

What it means: The Falcons did exactly what they were supposed to do. They went out and carved up a very bad team. The victory keeps the Falcons in sole possession of first place in the NFC South and leading in the race to be the NFC’s No. 1 seed in the postseason. For the Panthers, it means they’re 1-12 and in the lead for the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft. It also means John Fox has three games left as Carolina’s coach.

MVP watch: Suddenly, you’ve got to mention Atlanta running back Michael Turner in any conversation about the NFL’s Most Valuable Player. He’s been on a nice roll lately, and it got even better against the Panthers. Turner carried 28 times for 112 yards and three touchdowns.

Stat of the day: Atlanta defensive end John Abraham made history on a day when he had two sacks. He hit the 100-sack mark for his career. Since sacks became an official NFL statistic in 1982, only 24 players had reached 100 sacks. Abraham is No. 25.

The rematch: Good news for the Falcons and bad news for the Panthers. The Falcons host Carolina Jan. 2 in the regular-season finale.

What’s next: The Falcons travel to Seattle next Sunday. The Panthers are home against Arizona in what almost certainly will be Fox’s final home game.