Falcons hold 7-0 lead after first quarter 

Dec 31, 2017
12/31/2017 -- Atlanta, GA, - Atlanta Falcons cheer for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) as he heads into the tunnel before the start of the game against the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes Benz Stadium, Sunday, December 31, 2017. ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan connected with running back Devonta Freeman for a 19-yard touchdown pass on the teams’ first possession against the Panther Sunday. 

The Falcons led the Panthers, 7-0, at the end of the first quarter.

The Falcons can wrap up a playoff berth with a victory over the Panthers. 

It was the just the fourth time this season the Falcons scored a touchdown on their opening possession. The 10-play drive covered 75 yards and took 4 minutes, 28 seconds off the clock.