### ESPN Blog: Week 3 NFL Recap - Panthers Overcome Injuries to Triumph Over Falcons
**Final Score: Carolina Panthers 34, Atlanta Falcons 13**
In a dramatic Week 3 showdown, the Carolina Panthers overcame significant injuries to secure a convincing 34-13 victory against the Atlanta Falcons, pushing their record to an impressive 3-0. The game was marked by resilience and adaptability as key players stepped up in the face of adversity.
#### Injuries and Adjustments
The game took an unexpected turn when Panthers' starting quarterback **B. Young** suffered a broken hand, sidelining him for the next six weeks. Backup QB **E. Sykes** was thrust into the spotlight and rose to the occasion, completing 13 of 21 passes for 229 yards and 3 touchdowns. His composure under pressure and ability to lead the offense were pivotal in maintaining the Panthers' momentum.
Adding to the Panthers' challenges, star receiver **Jerry Jeudy** exited the game with an injury. This setback paved the way for **J. Mingo** to showcase his skills. Mingo seized the opportunity, recording 134 yards and 2 touchdowns on 5 receptions. His performance was a testament to the depth and talent of the Panthers' receiving corps.
#### Panthers' Offensive Showcase
Despite the injuries, the Panthers' offense was a force to be reckoned with. **T. Marshall Jr.** and **E. Mitchell** each contributed with touchdown receptions, highlighting the team's diverse offensive weapons. On the ground, Mitchell added 79 yards on 15 carries, balancing the Panthers' attack.
#### Falcons' Struggles and Efforts
The Atlanta Falcons, facing a stout Panthers defense, struggled to find their rhythm. Quarterback **D. Ridder** managed 210 passing yards and a touchdown but was also intercepted once. The Falcons' rushing game, led by **B. Robinson**, couldn't gain significant ground against the Panthers' defensive front.
#### Defensive and Special Teams Highlights
The Panthers' defense was relentless, with **F. Luvu** and **F. Cox** combining for 4 sacks. **S. Thompson** contributed with a crucial interception, halting the Falcons' offensive drives.
In special teams, Panthers' kicker **E. Pineiro** was accurate, hitting two field goals and four extra points. The Falcons' **Y. Koo** also put points on the board with two field goals.
#### Looking Ahead
As the Panthers navigate the upcoming weeks without B. Young, they will rely heavily on E. Sykes to continue their winning ways. The depth of the squad and the ability of players like J. Mingo to step up in crucial moments will be vital as they aim to maintain their undefeated streak.
The Falcons, now at 1-2, face the challenge of regrouping and building on the positives from this game as they prepare for their next matchup.
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