DJ Moore penalty after Hail Mary TD catch costs Panthers in OT loss to Falcons

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An answered prayer had the Carolina Panthers on the doorstep of taking over first place in the NFC South as DJ Moore hauled in a Hail Mary from PJ Walker with :12 left at Mercedes Benz Stadium, but a monumental mistake from Moore left the door open for an eventual Falcons victory.

Falcons win in OT

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The fifth-year wide receiver made a rookie mistake by ripping his helmet off as he celebrated the score and was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. With his point-after try pushed back 15 yards, Eddy Pineiro missed it wide left and saved the Falcons from enduring the pain of another blown lead.

Pineiro would have a chance at redemption in overtime after the Panthers' defense picked off Marcus Mariota, but it was more of the same on a 33-yarder.

The Falcons wouldn’t squander their final opportunity to escape with a victory as Younghoe Koo would nail a 41-yarder to seal a 37-34 victory.

With the win, the Falcons move to 4-4 on the season while Moore and Pineiro’s mistakes drop Carolina to 2-6.

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