ATLANTA, Nov. 23 — The stunning rebirth of the Atlanta Falcons provided another feel-good moment on Sunday at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons took another step toward forgetting about their lost 2007 season and tightened the NFC South race by beating the front-running Carolina Panthers, 45-28.This StoryTuesday, Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. ET: NFL InsiderThursday, Sept. 27, at Noon ET: Fantasy FootballEagles 56, Lions 21Cowboys 34, Bears 10Packers 31, Chargers 24Ravens 26, Cardinals 23Patriots 38, authentic Jon Asamoah Jersey Bills 7Colts 30, Texans 24Seahawks 24, Bengals 21Steelers 37, 49ers 16Jets 31, Dolphins 28Panthers 27, Falcons 20Jaguars 23, Broncos 14Chiefs 13, Vikings 10Raiders 27, Browns 26Buccaneers 24, Rams 3NOTEBOOK: Killings Taken To Hospital After CollisionThe SlantView All Items in This StoryView Only Top Items in This StoryThis StorySteelers 27, Bengals 10Patriots 48, Dolphins 28Falcons 45, Panthers 28Giants 37, Cardinals 29Ravens 36, Eagles 7Cowboys 35, 49ers 22Bears 27, Rams 3Jets 34, Titans 13Raiders 31, Broncos 10Buccaneers 38, Lions 20Vikings 30, Jaguars 12Bills 54, Chiefs 31Texans 16, Browns 6Colts 23, Chargers 20View All Items in This StoryView Only Top Items in This StoryThe Falcons got four rushing touchdowns from tailback Michael Turner and a series of big plays by rookie wide receiver Harry Douglas, who scored two touchdowns and set up two others, to improve to 7-4. They have a rookie coach in Mike Smith and a rookie quarterback in Matt Ryan, but they’re in the thick of the NFC playoff chase in the season after the franchise seemingly was left in ruins by the Michael Vick dogfighting scandal and the departure of Bobby Petrino before he completed his first season of coaching in the NFL.Atlanta ended the Panthers’ four-game winning streak and dropped Carolina, at 8-3, into a tie with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers atop the division."I think that we are improving," Smith said. "It’s a process we’ve been going through. It’s kind of been an up-and-down, rollercoaster ride. But we’re enjoying it."Turner ran for 117 yards on 24 bruising carries and tied T.J. Duckett’s team record for rushing touchdowns in a game. He moved past 1,000 rushing yards for the season and got within one of Jamal Anderson’s single-season club mark of 14 rushing touchdowns.But Turner had help, as Ryan completed 17 of 27 passes for 259 yards. Ryan’s favorite target, wideout Roddy White, had a relatively quiet day, with four catches for 70 yards. But Douglas, a third-round draft choice in April out of Louisville, more than took up the slack with his first two NFL touchdowns, one on a running play and another on a punt return. He also set up two of Turner’s touchdowns with an early punt return and a long catch-and-run late.The Falcons got back into the win column a week after a disappointing loss at home to the Denver Broncos, and perhaps signaled they aren’t about to fade away down the stretch."We expected to come out and execute and play well," Ryan said. "We can’t really worry about sending messages."The Falcons had leads of 17-0 in the second quarter and 24-13 in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter. The Panthers authentic Jon Asamoah Jersey Red Black White ladies Mens Kids [Team All] Jerseys made it interesting, as tailback DeAngelo Williams ran for a touchdown and quarterback Jake Delhomme ran for one touchdown and threw for another. They drew to 17-13 in the third quarter and 24-21 in the fourth quarter. But each time they got close, the Falcons had a reply."We certainly need to start a whole lot faster," Delhomme said. "I was kind of proud we fought back. [But] we didn’t give ourselves a chance. They just made more plays than us all day long."The Falcons lost to the Panthers earlier this season but began this game in dominant fashion and outgained Carolina, 162-0, in the first quarter. They settled for a Jason Elam field goal after a solid opening drive but got the ball back quickly and got into the end zone.Douglas scored on a seven-yard run on which he lined up on the left side of the formation, went into motion and took a pitch from Ryan in the backfield on his way to racing to the opposite corner of the end zone.CONTINUED 1 2 Next >» This Story:Read |Talk | Comments» This Story:Read | Comments/* BEGIN TOP STRIP STYLES */#customTS-SingleThumbBlog width:454px;margin-bottom:6px;padding-bottom:6px;font:11px Arial;border-bottom:solid 1px #CCC;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog p margin:0;padding:0;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog a:link, #customTS-SingleThumbBlog a:visited text-decoration:none;font-weight:bold;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog a:hover text-decoration:underline;color:#C00;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog .redkicker font-weight:bold;color:#C00;margin-bottom: 4px;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog .thumbSlot float:left;width:80px;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog .textSlot float:right;width:368px;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog ul padding:0;list-style-type:none;font-weight:bold;margin:0;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog li background-image:url(http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/images/bullet_3x3_999999.gif);background-repeat:no-repeat;background-position:0px .4em;padding-left:6px;padding-bottom:2px; Latest Posts From NFL News Feed More Posts | Sports Blog Directory #botPromoStrip background: #fff url(‘http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/longterm/2007/photo/gray624.jpg’) no-repeat; padding: 7px 10px; margin: 5px 0 10px 0;More in the NFL SectionThe LeagueA conversation about what’s happening today in the NFL.NFL News FeedMark Maske keeps you up-to-date with all of the latest news in the NFL.Redskins InsiderJason Reid provides exlusive analysis of the Redskins.