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Cam Newton, strong defensive effort lift Carolina to fourth straight win, 34-10 over Atlanta

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    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) celebrates after his team's touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn) (The Associated Press)

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    Former Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme pounds a drum before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) (The Associated Press)

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    Carolina Panthers' Mike Tolbert (35) celebrates his touchdown run against the Atlanta Falcons in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) and Jordan Gross (69) look on. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn) (The Associated Press)

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    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, right, greets Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan before an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) (The Associated Press)

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    Atlanta Falcons' Tony Gonzalez (88) catches a touchdown pass as Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly (59) defends in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn) (The Associated Press)

Cam Newton overcame a shaky start, throwing for one touchdown and running for another as the Carolina Panthers beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-10 Sunday for their fourth straight victory.

The Panthers defense picked off Matt Ryan three times and cornerback Drayton Florence returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown to help hand the Falcons their fifth loss in six games.

Newton threw for 249 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen. He also ran for an 8-yard touchdown. Fullback Mike Tolbert scored his fifth touchdown in the last four games on a 4-yard burst.

Ryan was 20 of 27 for 219 yards.

The Falcons continued to struggle without Julio Jones and Roddy White. Tony Gonzalez had six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown for the Falcons.

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