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5 things we learned about the Falcons on Wednesday

FLOWERY BRANCH — Here are the five things we learned Wednesday about the Falcons (6-6), who play at Carolina (12-0) in a NFC South game at 1 p.m. Sunday at Bank of America Stadium.  The Falcons have dropped five straight and six of seven.

1. QUINN OWNS NEWTON: The Falcons coach is 3-0 against the Panthers over the past two seasons while defensive coordinator with Seattle. The Seahawks beat the Panthers 12-7 to open the 2013 season on Sept. 8, 2013, 13-9 on Oct. 26, 2014 and 31-17 in the divisional round of the playoffs on Jan. 10, 2015. That was Newton's last defeat. How will the Falcons try to stop Newton?

2. JULIO JONES LIMITED WITH KNEE INJURY:  Jones, who leads the league in catches (102) and receiving yards (1,338 yards), was limited in practice by a knee injury.

3. WHY RYAN WAS SCREAMING AT NICK WILLIAMS?:  He didn't adjust his route and come back to the ball when Ryan was under duress on a key third down against the Bucs. (Video Below)

4. JALEN COLLINS UPDATE: Falcons rookie Jalen Collins needs to come up big down the stretch for the defense.

5. IS JOSH NORMAN DELUSIONAL?:  He claims he's the top cornerback in the NFL.


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D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.