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Carolina-Atlanta: The Rivalry the NFL Wants Might Finally Happen

Published by on June 4, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

When the Carolina Panthers entered the league in 1995, it was clear that the NFL wanted the Atlanta vs. Carolina series to become a fierce rivalry. The NFL scheduled Carolina’s first-ever regular season game in Atlanta Sept. 3, 1995 and it started off great, the Falcons won the game in OT, 23-20.

One year later, the Falcons opened up Carolina’s new stadium in Charlotte, getting hammered by the Panthers, who were on their way to their only NFC West Division Title, and an appearance in the NFC Championship Game.

In 2002, the NFL re-aligned the divisions and the Falcons and Panthers were both moved to the newly formed NFC South, joining the Ne...

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