CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Sam Darnold #14 of the Carolina Panthers reaches out to a fan before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on September 19, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)

The Panthers were in desperate need of a win this Sunday and they ran into the right team to get one.

The Carolina Panthers rushed for 203 total yards, picked off Matt Ryan twice and snapped their four-game losing streak with a win over the division rival Atlanta Falcons.

Carolina’s defense held the Falcons (3-4) to only a field goal in the second half and thanks to four field goals from kicker Zane Gonzalez, a fourth-quarter rushing touchdown by Chuba Hubbard, and an interception by Stephon Gilmore with 1:52 remaining in the game, the Panthers (4-4) moved back to .500 with the 19-13 victory.

Gilmore’s interception came in his first game with the team just a few weeks after being traded by the New England Patriots and just being activated off of the PUP list on Sunday morning.  He also helped contain arguably Atlanta’s most explosive offensive weapon, rookie tight end Kyle Pitts to just two receptions for 13 yards.

The Panthers take on the New England Patriots at Panther stadium next Sunday hopefully riding that momentum into another victory.