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Watch: Gilmore's first pick of 2021 comes at great time for Panthers

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Stephon Gilmore can still ball, folks.

The former Patriots cornerback made his Panthers debut Sunday, just over three weeks after New England traded him to Carolina in exchange for a 2023 sixth-round draft pick.

Gilmore made his presence felt immediately in Week 8, intercepting Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan with under two minutes remaining to seal the Panthers' 19-13 win over Atlanta that snapped a four-game losing streak.

The 31-year-old was playing in his first game since Week 15 of the 2020 season after recovering from a quad injury, but he looked no worse for wear shadowing Kyle Pitts and stepping in front of the young Falcons tight end to snag the interception.

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The pick was Gilmore's first since the Patriots' 2020 season opener and a good sign for Panthers fans wondering what the five-time Pro Bowler would bring to the table after missing nine straight games due to injury.

As for his former team? New England entered Sunday ranked a pedestrian 16th in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game (245).