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Thursday Night Football: D’Onta Foreman touchdown gives Panthers 19-9 lead

At 2-7 and sitting at the bottom of the NFC South, the Panthers seem to have lost their roar, so Chris Simms and Mike Florio expect Atlanta to make relatively easy work of Carolina.

Just when you thought the Falcons were making it a game, the Panthers strike right back with an answer.

Running back D’Onta Foreman has put Carolina’s lead back at 10 with his 12-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter.

The Panthers started the drive at their own 16-yard line after a short kickoff. Carolina’s unnecessary roughness penalty on Drake London’s touchdown put the kickoff at midfield.

But it didn’t take long for the Panthers to get down the field. On second-and-7, quarterback P.J. Walker hit Terrance Marshall with a short pass over the middle that Marshall powered his way to a 43-yard gain.

The Panthers were able to overcome a holding penalty with Walker’s 17-yard pass to receiver Shi Smith. A few plays later, Foreman took a carry 12 yards in for the score.

But kicker Eddy Pineiro missed his extra point wide right, keeping the score at 19-9. So now both kickers have missed an extra point.

Foreman has gained 83 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown so far on Thursday.