NFL Week 17 live updates as the Carolina Panthers (11-4) visit the Atlanta Falcons (9-6) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Win or lose, the Panthers get to the playoffs, but their best- and worst-case scenarios are quite different. So, Sunday’s game will determine not only the Panthers’ playoff ranking and opponents, but could set the tone for Carolina’s postseason.
If the Falcons win, they make the playoffs as the NFC's No. 6 seed. If Atlanta falls, it can still make the playoffs if the Seattle Seahawks lose to the Arizona Cardinals.
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When: 4:25 p.m. Sunday.
The Carolina Panthers face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 at the Falcons' new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton knows that there will be trash talking but in the end, "it's time to put up or shut up." Jeff Sinerjsiner@charlotteobserver.com