Geneaut Posted February 14, 2019 Share Posted February 14, 2019 https://247sports.com/nfl/carolina-panthers/Article/Panthers-official-Twitter-rejects-Atlanta-Falcons-Valentine-129099364/ On a day great for gathering courage and taking chances, the Atlanta Falcons conjured up all their honest feelings and told the Carolina Panthers how they felt. They proceeded to get shot down in flames. With social media managers across the NFL busily posting Valentine's Day graphics and engagements, the Panthers were hard at work posting cute messages such as "I'm running to your love" and "You're a catch". In the midst of that, their NFC South rivals in the Falcons decided to jump in by sending a Valentine the Panthers' way - A Valentine that appreciated the fact that the Panthers at least aren't the New Orleans Saints. Carolina Panthers ✔@Panthers · 2h Spread love today #ValentinesDay Atlanta Falcons ✔@AtlantaFalcons pic.twitter.com/kSVdKazB9q 905 8:46 AM - Feb 14, 2019 Twitter Ads info and privacy 314 people are talking about this But the Falcons would soon find that the Panthers do not feel the same way about them. Not in the slightest. Atlanta Falcons ✔@AtlantaFalcons · 2h Replying to @Panthers Carolina Panthers ✔@Panthers pic.twitter.com/N7x2eKHcPI 315 9:00 AM - Feb 14, 2019 Twitter Ads info and privacy 141 people are talking about this The Panthers, of course, have good reason to reject the Falcons: A short distance from each other up and down Interstate 85, the Panthers and Falcons are natural geographical rivals. And from the time the Panthers entered the NFL in 1995, the Falcons have always seemed to find a way to get their goat. Their rivalry began in the first game in the history of the Panthers, when the team traveled to the Georgia Dome to begin a long history of being snakebit in Atlanta. Ask anyone superstitious, and it all began with fullback Bob Christian. With the Panthers scoring a 44-yard touchdown late in the game, head coach Dom Capers opted to go for a two-point conversion to put the Panthers ahead rather than simply tying the game with an extra point. But on the attempt, Christian was flagged for a false start. The Panthers aborted the two-point try, took the extra point, and proceeded to lose in overtime. So began the Panthers' Atlanta Curse. Through the years, the Panthers have seemingly always found new and excruciating ways to lose in Atlanta. And the ghosts that haunted the Panthers in the Georgia Dome have traveled to the Falcons' new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the Panthers are 0-2. A Week 17 loss to the Falcons in 2017 cost the Panthers the NFC South title, and arguably cost them a deeper playoff run by forcing them to travel to face the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs rather than host them. In Week Two of 2018, the Panthers' defense would show their first signs that all was not well when they were overpowered by the Falcons and allowed a 100+ yard rushing performance for the first time since 2016. In 2019, the Panthers are looking to buck the trend that has seen them lose six of their last seven games to the Falcons, including season sweeps in both the 2016 and 2018 seasons. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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