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NFL Game of the Week: Carolina Panthers vs Atlanta Falcons

The last two NFC Champions meet at Mercedes-Benz Stadium with a playoff spot on the line.

The Atlanta Falcons (9-6) need a win over the Carolina Panthers (11-4) to clinch a playoff berth.

Carolina secured their place in the postseason last week by beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Panthers can still clinch the NFC South Division with a win and a New Orleans Saints loss.

Our picks on who will win this matchup and who will also take the final playoff spot in the AFC and NFC:

Jason Romano: Falcons 28 – Panthers 23 – Atlanta returns home and sneaks into the playoffs with a big win over Carolina.

AFC 6th Seed: Los Angeles Chargers
NFC 6th Seed: Atlanta Falcons

Justin Adams: Falcons 27 – Panthers 20 – Atlanta uses its home field advantage to lock up a playoff spot over Carolina.

AFC 6th Seed: Tennessee Titans
NFC 6th Seed: Atlanta Falcons

Jon Ackerman: Panthers 30 – Falcons 28 – Both teams have a ton riding on this game, but I see the Panthers pulling through. The Falcons just aren’t clicking this year.

AFC 6th Seed: Los Angeles Chargers
NFC 6th Seed: Seattle Seahawks

Last Week’s Game of the Week Pick Recap (Upset picks in Parentheses):

Atlanta Falcons vs New Orleans Saints

Actual Result: New Orleans Saints 23 – Atlanta Falcons 13

Predictions:

Jason Romano: Falcons 31 – Saints 27 (Titans over Rams)

Justin Adams: Saints 27 – Falcons 24 (49ers over Jaguars)

Jon Ackerman: Saints 30 – Falcons 24 (Browns over Bears)

Season Record: (Upset Picks Record in Parentheses) 

Jason: 13-4 (3-9)

Justin: 8-9 (6-6)

Jon: 13-3 (2-9)