ATLANTA - The Carolina Panthers snapped a four-game losing streak and all but ended Atlanta's playoff hopes today, beating the Falcons 10 to 3 by shutting down the league's top running attack.
The Falcons, who lead the league with 193 yards rushing per game, were outrushed 183 to 83 by a balanced Carolina attack that helped fill-in quarterback Chris Weinke snap a 17-game losing streak as a starter.
Weinke, who had been 1-and-17 as a starter, won for the first time since his 2001 rookie season with the Panthers. Weinke's 17-game losing streak is the second-longest in N-F-L history.
The Oilers' Dan Pastorini lost 21 straight from 1972 to 1974. Weinke completed only four of 7 passes for 32 yards, including a one-yard scoring pass to Jeff King. The Falcons made a final comeback attempt in the final four minutes.
A 12-yard pass from Michael Vick to Roddy White gave Atlanta a first down at the Carolina 41. Vick overthrew Michael Jenkins on third down from the Carolina 35, and his fourth-down pass was tipped at the line by former Falcons linebacker Chris Draft to end the possession with 1:19 left.
The Falcons (7-8) lost their fourth straight at home for the first time since 1989.