FLOWERY BRANCH – The Carolina Panthers are raving mad at the Falcons.
They didn’t like how they lost the 30-28 squeaker on Sept. 30, nor did they approve of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan telling them to “Get the (expletive) off our field” while walking to the locker room after that thrilling game.
Maybe Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy is going to be a general manager someday. He believes the Panthers (3-9) have proven that they are better than the Falcons (11-1).
“I’m trying to mess up their whole playoff experience,” Hardy said. “I want them to go home sick in the stomach, mad about life, a couple depression issues, all types of things. It’s going to be a long day from my point of view. I’m coming.”
Hardy and mates sacked Ryan seven times in the previous meeting. But the Panthers, who pinned the Falcons back to their 1-yard line, couldn’t hold onto a 1-point lead with 59 seconds to play.
Ryan tossed a bomb that gained 59 yards to Roddy White.
After an incomplete pass, the Falcons picked up 5 yards on a defensive pass interference, then a 7-yard gain on a pass to Tony Gonzalez followed by a 6-yard gain on a pass to Harry Douglas.
After calling their last timeout, Matt Bryant came on to make the game-winning 40-yard field goal.
After the game, the Panthers heard about Ryan’s comments on their way to the airport.
“I think we marked this day down since (then),” defensive end Charles Johnson said. “He had all due respect to say that. Hey, you got to come in our house now.”
The Falcons face the Panthers at 1 p.m. Sunday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
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