Records set in Fal­cons win over Carolina

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Julio Jones and Matt Ryan both set records in Sun­day’s game against the Carolina Pan­thers, and both are ready for more.

AT­LANTA (AP) — Matt Ryan and Julio Jones brought down some team records — and the de­fend­ing NFC champions.

Ryan shred­ded Carolina's de­fense, pass­ing for a team-record 503 yards and four touch­downs, Jones had 12 re­cep­tions for a Fal­cons-record 300 yards, and At­lanta over­whelmed the strug­gling Pan­thers 48-33 on Sun­day.

A week af­ter be­ing held to one catch in a win at New Or­leans, Jones had a 75-yard scor­ing catch late in the game as At­lanta (3-1) so­lid­i­fied its early hold on the NFC South lead. Jones' 12 catches came on 15 tar­gets.

"We got Julio the ball in space and when he has the ball in space he's so ex­plo­sive," Ryan said.

The to­tals by Ryan and Jones are the most ever al­lowed by Carolina (1-3), and the first time team­mates had 500 yards pass­ing and 300 yards re­ceiv­ing, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided to the Fal­cons by Elias.

Carolina quar­ter­back Cam New­ton left the game in the fourth quar­ter. The team said New­ton suf­fered a con­cus­sion af­ter tak­ing a hit from Deion Jones on a suc­cess­ful 2-point run. There ap­peared to be hel­met-to-hel­met con­tact but there was no penalty on the hit.

New­ton ap­peared to be try­ing to take a ca­sual jog into the end zone when he was knocked to the ground by Jones. New­ton still reached the ball across the goal line.

Pan­thers coach Ron Rivera had no up­date on New­ton fol­low­ing the game. New­ton's re­place­ment, Derek An­der­son, said he saw New­ton af­ter the game.

"He was all right," An­der­son said.

The Pan­thers scored three fourth- quar­ter touch­downs, in­clud­ing scor­ing passes from An­der­son to Greg Olsen and Corey Brown.

New­ton, the 2015 NFL MVP, com­pleted 14 of 25 passes for 165 yards with one touch­down be­fore leav­ing the game.

"It's un­for­tu­nate," said Carolina line­backer Luke Kuechly. "I don't what the sever­ity of it is. ... He's a fighter. He's one of the tough­est guys I know. He'll get out there as soon as he can."

Robert Al­ford's 30- yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for a touch­down with 1: 14 re­main­ing clinched the win. Al­ford picked off an­other pass from An­der­son to end Carolina's fi­nal pos­ses­sion.

The Fal­cons be­gan the day lead­ing the NFL in scor­ing and to­tal of­fense. They were rarely stopped by Carolina, even when pinned back close to their own goal line. They scored touch­downs af­ter be­gin­ning drives on their 2- and 1-yard lines.

Carolina has lost two straight and needs a quick re­cov­ery to avoid fall­ing too far be­hind in the di­vi­sion.

"Our guys are go­ing to re­bound from this," Kuechly said. "I know they will. They're a re­silient bunch. We take a lot of pride in what we do. We'll come out bet­ter next week."

New­ton was sacked only once af­ter be­ing sacked eight times in last week's loss to Min­nesota.

John Baze­more/AP

At­lanta Fal­cons wide re­ceiver Julio Jones (11) runs past Carolina Pan­thers cor­ner­back Daryl Wor­ley

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