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The Atlanta Falcons will go head to head with the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in an all-NFC South affair. Prior to this season getting underway these two teams were touted by many to both have enough in their armory to be challenging for the division and in the postseason. However, although the Falcons have upheld their end of the bargain, the Panthers' season has been a train wreck. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream via the link provided below.
The Falcons have an almost perfect record with the season moving into the final straight. They are 11-1 and have already secured the divisional title. They will want to keep that winning momentum going all the way through to the end of the season and into the playoffs though, and will not be letting up against the Panthers this week.
The Panthers meanwhile have imploded this season. They lay bottom of the NFC South and not many would have predicted the way their season has gone so badly wrong. They are 3-9 and now have coaching and playing staff fighting for their jobs for next season.
On paper this should have been a big clash, especially when it is considered this match up features Cam Newton vs Matt Ryan. Two of the mot exciting quarterbacks in the league should draw some attention as they face off, and with Newton capable of almost single-handedly driving his team up the field, it will not be all one way traffic today.
Newton has 204 completions from 355 throws this season so far, for 2,933 yards and 14 touchdowns.
In comparison, Matt Ryan has 312 completions from 462 attempts for 3,590 yards and 22 touchdowns.
The Panthers will have to stop Ryan connecting with Roddy White and Julio Jones, who have 10 touchdowns between them. Also Michael Turner is sure to cause some serious problems for the Panthers on the rush.
It is difficult to see this one being too close with the Falcons coming into this game having trashed the Saints, and with extra rest after their Thursday Night Football showing. But divisional affairs always have a way of pulling a few surprises and this one could have some twists to it.
Atlanta Falcons vs Carolina Panthers is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.