Oh how poetic football can be at times…
This time last season, the Carolina Panthers entered Week 16 with eyes towards the playoffs. Standing in their path was an Atlanta Falcons team in search of making the most of a lost season. Of course, the Falcons wore the ‘spoiler’ quite well and ruined an almost undefeated season for Carolina.
This year the tables have turned as the Atlanta Falcons are 9-5 and one win away from a playoff berth. The Carolina Panthers have eyes towards ruining those plans. An ugly 2016 season did not go according to plan for Carolina and at 6-8, they are playing for mainly pride.
In order for Atlanta to lock up a payoff spot and their 10th win of the season, here is their checklist for the matchup against Carolina.