WATCH: Falcons’ Kenjon Barner with 78-yard punt return for TD

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Fresh off a surprising blowout win over the New Orleans Saints, it seems that the Atlanta Falcons are back at it Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

Up 3-0 in the first quarter, Atlanta’s defense forced a Panthers punt. That’s when veteran journeyman running back Kenjon Barner decided to change the game in a big way.

Catching the ball off the foot of Panthers’ punter Michael Palardy’s left leg at the 22-yard line, Barner reminded us of why he was do dynamic at Oregon. He returned the kick 78 yards for a touchdown and a 10-0 lead.

Every aspect of Atlanta’s special teams did its job to spring Barner. The smallish back did the rest, taking it to the house.

It had to be sweet for Barner to do this against his former team, too.