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Week 8’s “Thursday Night Football” game definitely isn’t the most attractive matchup we’ve seen this season, but there are still plenty of interesting storylines to follow ahead of the NFL’s Nov. 3 trade deadline.

The Falcons (1-6) have been a bit of a dumpster fire this season, losing two games this season in which they held a 99 percent chance to win, according to ESPN probability metrics. Those losses came back-to-back in Week 2 to the Cowboys and Week 3 to the Bears. They became the first team in NFL history to blow 15-point leads in the fourth quarter multiple times in a season.

If they had managed to not choke in those games, they’d be even with the Panthers (3-4), who have been surprisingly OK since losing McCaffrey to a high ankle sprain in their Week 2 loss to the Buccaneers. Carolina rattled off three straight wins after losing its star running back before losing its last two games to the Bears and the Saints.

McCaffrey won’t be back for Thursday night’s game, but that might not matter too much. The Panthers already beat the Falcons 23-16 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Week 5 thanks to a solid performance by Teddy Bridgewater (27-of-36 passing, 313 yards and two TDs). Of course, Atlanta was without Julio Jones in that first matchup but will be active against the Panthers.

With the Falcons being well out of the playoff picture, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them be sellers at the deadline. For the Panthers, however, it will likely depend on Thursday’s result. A win would put them right at .500 with McCaffrey coming back into the lineup for a potential playoff push. A loss might make them more inclined to ship some players in return for future assets.

Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Falcons vs. Panthers on “Thursday Night Football.” Follow below for complete results from the NFL Week 8 game.

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Falcons vs. Panthers score

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Falcons vs. Panthers live updates, highlights from ‘Thursday Night Football’

9:11 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PANTHERS. Carolina gets creative with the flea-flicker and Bridgewater throws it deep to Samuel for the 29-yard TD. Panthers lead 14-6 with 12:40 left in the first half.

9:08 p.m. — INTERCEPTION, PANTHERS. Matt Ryan is picked off by Donte Jackson on the first play of the ensuing Atlanta drive. Carolina takes over at Atlanta’s 40-yard line.

9:03 p.m. — END OF 1Q: Panthers 7, Falcons 6. Bridgewater is sacked on third down to end the quarter. Fourth and 21 at midfield, Carolina will likely punt to start the second quarter.

8:56 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, FALCONS. Another solid drive for Atlanta, but a sack on third down forces another field goal, this one from 37 yards to make it 7-6 in favor of Carolina with 2:36 left in the first quarter.

Julio Jones is still cooking: four catches for 85 yards.

8:50 p.m. — Timeout, Falcons. Atlanta uses its second timeout of the half to avoid a delay of game penalty. Third and 10, 4:44 left in the first quarter.

8:41 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PANTHERS. Curtis Samuel carries it up the middle for a 12-yard TD and CArolina takes a 7-3 lead with 8:14 left in the first quarter.

8:28 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, FALCONS. Todd Gurley comes up inches short of the line to gain on third down and Atlanta settles for a 20-yard field goal from Younghoe Koo to take a 3-0 lead with 11:14 left in the first quarter.

Falcons were able to get Julio Jones involved early, with two catches for 52 yards on the opening drive.

8:23 p.m. — We’re live! Matt Ryan leads the Falcons out for the opening possession.

(Updates will begin at 8:20 p.m. ET.)

‘Thursday Night Football’ start time

  • Date: Thursday, Oct. 29
  • Kickoff time: 8:20 p.m. ET

All Thursday night games throughout the 2020 NFL season will start at 8:20 p.m. ET, now with more TV options thanks to the addition of Fox to the broadcast in Week 8.

NFL Week 8 schedule

Below is the complete schedule for Week 8 of the 2020 NFL season.

Thursday, Oct. 29

GameTime (ET)TV channel
Falcons at Panthers8:20 p.m.Fox, NFL Network, fuboTV  

Sunday, Nov. 1

GameTime (ET)TV channel
Vikings at Packers1 p.m.Fox, fuboTV
Rams at Dolphins1 p.m.Fox, fuboTV
Raiders at Browns1 p.m.Fox, fuboTV
Steelers at Ravens1 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Titans at Bengals1 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Jets at Chiefs1 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Colts at Lions1 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Patriots at Bills1 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Chargers at Broncos4:05 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Saints at Bears4:25 p.m.Fox, fuboTV
49ers at Seahawks4:25 p.m.Fox, fuboTV
Cowboys at Eagles8:20 p.m.NBC, fuboTV

Monday, Nov. 2

GameTime (ET)TV channel
Buccaneers at Giants  8:15 p.m.ESPN, fuboTV

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