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Panthers and Falcons to Play for NFC South Title

The 6-8-1 Carolina Panthers and the 6-9 Atlanta Falcons are not the most appealing teams in the world but they are both going to be competing for the NFC South title this Sunday at the Georgia Dome. The winner will get the title and the fourth seed in the NFC playoffs. The Falcons have a -4 advantage and the over/under is listed at 47.5 points.

The Falcons beat the Panthers 19-17 on November 16 in Charlotte off of a late field goal by Matt Bryant. This came in spite of Cam Newton getting two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.

The Falcons have one of the most prominent passing games in the NFL. Matt Ryan is fifth in the NFL with 4,434 passing yards. Also, Julio Jones has 1,535 receiving yards, thus giving him the second-highest total in the NFL. Paul Worrilow has one of the highest totals in the NFL with 136 tackles. Kemal Ishmael also has four interceptions.

The Panthers have won their last three games in a row, thus snapping a streak that included six straight losses and a tie right before then. Cam Newton has been in and out of the Panthers lineup with injuries throughout the year but he is still second on the Panthers with 488 rushing yards. Jonathan Stewart has 760 yards for the lead.

The Panthers have one of the top passing defenses in the NFL as they have given up 228 yards per game. Luke Kuechly leads the NFL with 145 tackles.

On the injury scene, Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams is questionable with a hand injury and may end up being used only for an emergency situation like what was chosen last week against Cleveland. On the Atlanta side, safety William Moore is out for the season with a shoulder injury while running back Steven Jackson had a quad injury that makes him questionable for the game. Still, the injury is not as serious as what the Falcons had feared.