Panthers Dominate Falcons 24-9

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Sunday, September 28, 2008. (AP) -- Steve Smith broke two tackles and raced 56 yards for a touchdown, then did perhaps his most important work.

Nearly two months after he broke teammate Ken Lucas' nose with a sucker punch in training camp, Smith retrieved the ball and handed it to Lucas on the sideline.

Smith's first touchdown following his two-game suspension was part of a dominating day as the cohesive Carolina Panthers beat the Atlanta Falcons 24-9 on Sunday.

Jake Delhomme had a mistake-free day, Smith and Muhsin Muhammad combined for 243 yards receiving and two scores, and Carolina (3-1) shut down the league's top rushing unit on a day when the Panthers showed no effects from that ugly day in training camp.

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