Falcons vs. Panthers stay rating, updates, highlights from ‘Thursday Evening Soccer’ recreation

Falcons vs. Panthers live score, updates, highlights from 'Thursday Night Football' game

Week 8’s “Thursday Night Football” game definitely isn’t the most attractive matchup we’ve seen this season, but there are still plenty of interesting storylines to follow ahead of the NFL’s Nov. 3 trade deadline.

The Falcons (1-6) have been a bit of a dumpster fire this season, losing two games this season in which they held a 99 percent chance to win, according to ESPN probability metrics. Those losses came back-to-back in Week 2 to the Cowboys and Week 3 to the Bears. They became the first team in NFL history to blow 15-point leads in the fourth quarter multiple times in a season.

If they had managed to not choke in those games, they’d be even with the Panthers (3-4), who have been surprisingly OK since losing McCaffrey to a high ankle sprain in their Week 2 loss to the Buccaneers. Carolina rattled off three straight wins after losing its star running back before losing its last two games to the Bears and the Saints.

McCaffrey won’t be back for Thursday night’s game, but that might not matter too much. The Panthers already beat the Falcons 23-16 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Week 5 thanks to a solid performance by Teddy Bridgewater (27-of-36 passing, 313 yards and two TDs). Of course, Atlanta was without Julio Jones in that first matchup but will be active against the Panthers.

With the Falcons being well out of the playoff picture, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them be sellers at the deadline. For the Panthers, however, it will likely depend on Thursday’s result. A win would put them right at .500 with McCaffrey coming back into the lineup for a potential playoff push. A loss might make them more inclined to ship some players in return for future assets.

Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Falcons vs. Panthers on “Thursday Night Football.” Follow below for complete results from the NFL Week 8 game.

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Falcons vs. Panthers score

  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
Falcons 6 10 3 19
Panthers   7 7 0 14

Falcons vs. Panthers live updates, highlights from ‘Thursday Night Football’

10:22 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, FALCONS. Koo hits from 29 yards out and Atlanta leads 19-14 with 6:22 left in the third quarter.

10:10 p.m. — TURNOVER ON DOWNS. Close call for Carolina as a Mike Davis fumble is overturned and ruled an incomplete pass. Panthers can’t convert on third and 5 though and are stopped short on fourth down, Atlanta takes over at its 43-yard line, 11:32 left in the third quarter.

10:03 p.m. — And we’re back. Bridgewater leads Carolina out to start the second half.

9:47 p.m. — HALF: Falcons 16, Panthers 14. Koo hits a 36-yard field goal as time expires to give Atlanta the lead heading into the locker room.

9:41 p.m. — 2-minute Warning: Falcons have it, second and 10 at the Panthers’ 30-yard line.

9:37 p.m. — TURNOVER ON DOWNS. Carolina can’t convert on fourth and 1 and Atlanta takes over at its 35-yard line with 3:55 left in the half.

9:27 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, FALCONS. Ryan fools the Carolina defense with a rare scramble for a 13-yard TD. Panthers’ lead is cut to 14-13 with 8:02 remaining in the half.

9:11 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PANTHERS. Carolina gets creative with the flea-flicker and Bridgewater throws it deep to Samuel for the 29-yard TD. Panthers lead 14-6 with 12:40 left in the first half.

9:08 p.m. — INTERCEPTION, PANTHERS. Matt Ryan is picked off by Donte Jackson on the first play of the ensuing Atlanta drive. Carolina takes over at Atlanta’s 40-yard line.

9:03 p.m. — END OF 1Q: Panthers 7, Falcons 6. Bridgewater is sacked on third down to end the quarter. Fourth and 21 at midfield, Carolina will likely punt to start the second quarter.

8:56 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, FALCONS. Another solid drive for Atlanta, but a sack on third down forces another field goal, this one from 37 yards to make it 7-6 in favor of Carolina with 2:36 left in the first quarter.

Julio Jones is still cooking: four catches for 85 yards.

8:50 p.m. — Timeout, Falcons. Atlanta uses its second timeout of the half to avoid a delay of game penalty. Third and 10, 4:44 left in the first quarter.

8:41 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PANTHERS. Curtis Samuel carries it up the middle for a 12-yard TD and CArolina takes a 7-3 lead with 8:14 left in the first quarter.

8:28 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, FALCONS. Todd Gurley comes up inches short of the line to gain on third down and Atlanta settles for a 20-yard field goal from Younghoe Koo to take a 3-0 lead with 11:14 left in the first quarter.

Falcons were able to get Julio Jones involved early, with two catches for 52 yards on the opening drive.

8:23 p.m. — We’re live! Matt Ryan leads the Falcons out for the opening possession.

(Updates will begin at 8:20 p.m. ET.)

‘Thursday Night Football’ start time

  • Date: Thursday, Oct. 29
  • Kickoff time: 8:20 p.m. ET

All Thursday night games throughout the 2020 NFL season will start at 8:20 p.m. ET, now with more TV options thanks to the addition of Fox to the broadcast in Week 8.

NFL Week 8 schedule

Below is the complete schedule for Week 8 of the 2020 NFL season.

Thursday, Oct. 29

Game Time (ET) TV channel
Falcons at Panthers 8:20 p.m. Fox, NFL Network, fuboTV  

Sunday, Nov. 1

Game Time (ET) TV channel
Vikings at Packers 1 p.m. Fox, fuboTV
Rams at Dolphins 1 p.m. Fox, fuboTV
Raiders at Browns 1 p.m. Fox, fuboTV
Steelers at Ravens 1 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Titans at Bengals 1 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Jets at Chiefs 1 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Colts at Lions 1 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Patriots at Bills 1 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Chargers at Broncos 4:05 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Saints at Bears 4:25 p.m. Fox, fuboTV
49ers at Seahawks 4:25 p.m. Fox, fuboTV
Cowboys at Eagles 8:20 p.m. NBC, fuboTV

Monday, Nov. 2

Game Time (ET) TV channel
Buccaneers at Giants   8:15 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV