Penalty keeps Elam's streak alive

Jason Elam's streak was over. Then it was on again.

The Brookwood graduate missed wide right from 49 yards early in the second quarter Sunday, but Carolina was caught with 12 men on the field.

Given another try from 44 yards out, the Atlanta Falcons kicker was good this time.

The 16-year NFL veteran added another 44-yarder late in the second quarter to give him three field goals in the game and 24 straight successful kicks dating back to last season with Denver.

Elam's kicks, however, were the Falcons' only points in a 24-9 loss to the Panthers in Charlotte that dropped Atlanta to 2-2 and out of a first-place tie in NFC South.

The Falcons have struggled offensively away from the Georgia Dome, with Elam also supplying all their points on three field goals in the loss at Tampa Bay in the second game of the season.

Elam is 9-for-9 with the Falcons after making his final 15 field goal attempts for the Broncos last season. He is also 9-for-9 on extra points for Atlanta and is tied for fifth in the NFL scoring race with 36 points in four games.