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Matt Ryan, Falcons beat Panthers 19-17 to grab share of first place in NFC South

  • Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan (2) is hit by Carolina Panthers' Dwan Edwards (92) as he throws a pass in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

    Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan (2) is hit by Carolina Panthers' Dwan Edwards (92) as he throws a pass in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)  (The Associated Press)

  • Atlanta Falcons' Kemal Ishmael (36) intercepts a Carolina Panthers pass in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Atlanta Falcons' Kemal Ishmael (36) intercepts a Carolina Panthers pass in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)  (The Associated Press)

  • Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan (2) scrambles past Carolina Panthers' Dwan Edwards (92) in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan (2) scrambles past Carolina Panthers' Dwan Edwards (92) in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)  (The Associated Press)

Matt Ryan threw for 268 yards and a touchdown, Matt Bryant added four field goals and the Atlanta Falcons moved into a tie for first place in the lowly NFC South with a 19-17 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Bryant's 44-yard field goal with 2:08 left put Atlanta ahead for good, and the Falcons withstood a late Carolina rally.

Carolina's Graham Gano missed a 46-yard field goal try with 1:27 remaining and had a 63-yarder blocked as time expired.

The Falcons (4-6) moved into a tie with New Orleans for the division lead after the Saints lost at home to Cincinnati 27-10.

Cam Newton overcame two early interceptions to throw for 292 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns, but it wasn't enough for the Panthers (3-6-1), who have lost five straight.

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