The 4-11 Atlanta Falcons go up against the 11-4 Carolina Panthers today at 1:00 PM in the Georgia Dome. Atlanta has nothing to gain in today’s game. Their season is shot. They’ll be playing for pride’s sake.
The Panthers meanwhile, will try to grab the NFC South crown and a shot at the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. A Panthers victory will garner a first-round bye giving receiver Steve Smith time to heal his sprained PCL after last Sunday’s game.
If the Falcons win—perish the thought—the Saints can claim the NFC South crown by beating Tampa Bay.
Blogger buddies Proof, Odie and Stogie are rooting for San Francisco to defeat the Cardinals in their afternoon game. A win combined with St. Louis whipping the Seahawks would secure a third straight NFC West title for the Niners.
Since the oddsmakers are taking the Panthers over the Falcons and honestly, who wouldn’t, it’s unlikely that Carolina will lose to the Falcons so the Niners can forget about home field advantage for the playoffs.