Tuesday December 23rd, 2014

Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons

The Panthers (6-8-1) and Falcons (6-9) will square off to settle the final playoff spot in the NFC on Sunday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Cam Newton came back from an injured back to lead Carolina to victory over the Browns last week and the Falcons beat the Saints to eliminate them from the playoff chase. Carolina has won three in a row following a six-game winless streak earlier in the season.

You can follow the game with live stats and play-by-play here.

How to watch

Details for Sunday's game are below:

Kickoff: 4:25 p.m. ET

Live stream: The game can be live streamed here.

TV coverage: CBS

Radio: For a list of Panthers affiliates, click here. For a list of Falcons affiliates, click here.

Season Recaps


Week 16: Panthers 17, Browns 13

Cam Newton threw for a touchdown and ran for another score as the Panthers kept their playoff hopes alive. Cleveland could only muster eight first downs and 228 total yards under rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel, who injured his hamstring in the second quarter and did not return. The Panthers ran for 209 yards and only allowed the Browns to convert on three of 12 third downs. 

Week 15: Panthers 19, Buccaneers 17

Derek Anderson threw for 277 yards and a touchdown filling in for an injured Cam Newton as the Panthers remained within striking distance of the NFC South lead. Graham Gano kicked four field goals and Jonathan Stewart added 75 yards as Carolina held the ball for 37 minutes while racking up 28 first downs. Tampa Bay lost its fourth straight game despite rushing for 151 yards.

Week 14: Panthers 41, Saints 10

The Saints surrendered nearly 500 yards of total offense in a blowout loss to the Panthers. Cam Newton torched the Saints for 226 passing yards and three touchdowns, while adding 83 yards and a score on the ground. Drew Brees completed 29 of 49 passes for 235 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the loss. The Saints had the ball for just 24 minutes and lost the turnover battle, 2-0.

Week 13: Vikings 31, Panthers 13

Despite only gaining 210 yards, the Vikings cruised to a victory over the Panthers in Minneapolis. Minnesota blocked two punts for touchdowns, helping the team jump out to a 28-6 halftime lead. The Panthers were unable to mount a comeback attempt, and Minnesota won the game 31-13.

Week 12: Bye

Week 11: Falcons 19, Panthers 17

Matt Bryant kicked four field goals and Matt Ryan threw for 268 yards and one touchdown as the Falcons earned a tie for first place in the NFC South despite a 4-6 record. Carolina had a chance to win the game but missed a field goal and had another one blocked as time expired. Cam Newton had two touchdowns, but he threw two first-half interceptions as the Panthers trailed by 13 points in the fourth quarter before making a comeback.


Week 16: Falcons 30, Saints 14

The Falcons officially eliminated the Saints from playoff contention, as Matt Ryan threw for 322 yards and a score and Julio Jones had seven catches for 107 yards. Drew Brees threw for 313 yards, but he was sacked five times. The Saints ran for only 57 yards and turned the ball over four times.

Week 15: Steelers 27, Falcons 20

The Falcons dropped to third place in the the NFC South with a loss to the Steelers. After trailing by as much as 13 points, the Falcons pulled within seven in the fourth quarter, but they couldn't complete the comeback. Matt Ryan completed 26 of 37 passes for 310 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, and Harry Douglas caught 10 balls for 131 yards. 

Week 14: Packers 43, Falcons 37

The Packers held off a second-half rally by the Falcons to win their fifth-straight game. Green Bay took a 31-7 lead into halftime, but Matt Ryan threw four second-half touchdowns to make the game close down the stretch. Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of 36 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns, and Jordy Nelson caught eight balls for 146 yards and two scores. James Starks and Eddie Lacy combined for 148 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The Packers won despite giving up 259 receiving yards to Julio Jones.

Week 13: Falcons 29, Cardinals 18

Atlanta’s offense had 500 yards as Steven Jackson rumbled for 101 yards on the ground and Julio Jones had 189 yards worth of catches to keep the Falcons in the middle of the NFC South race. Arizona held on to its slim division lead despite a second straight loss.

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