NFL TV schedule: What time, channel is Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons? (12/31/17) Betting line, picks, livestream, playoff picture | Week 17


The Carolina Panthers, led by quarterback Cam Newton, meet the Atlanta Falcons, led by quarterback Matt Ryan, in an NFC South matchup with playoff implications in NFL Week 17 on Sunday, December 31, 2017 (12/31/17) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

Here are the playoff scenarios for the Panthers and Falcons:

Panthers clinch NFC South

1. Panthers win (at Falcons) and Saints loss or tie (at Buccaneers)

2. Panthers tie and Saints loss

Panthers clinch first-round bye:

1. Panthers win (at Falcons) and Saints loss or tie (at Buccaneers) and Vikings loss (vs. Bears) and Rams loss or tie (vs. 49ers)

Falcons clinch a playoff berth:

1. Falcons win (vs. Panthers)

2. Seahawks loss (vs. Cardinals)

3. Falcons tie and Seahawks tie

Here’s what you need to know:

Who: Panthers vs. Falcons

Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

When: Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

Time: 4:25 p.m. Eastern

TV: Fox

Livestream: Fox Sports Go

Line: Falcons -3.5

NFL Week 17 picks here

Panthers notes: PANTHERS clinched playoff berth for 4th time in past 5 years & can clinch NFC South with win & NO loss. * QB CAM NEWTON had GW 2-yard rush TD with 35 seconds remaining in Week 16. Leads NFL QBs in rush yards (695) & ties for 1st in rush TDs (6). Has 4 rush TDs in past 6 at Atl. * RB JONATHAN STEWART aims for 4th in row on road with rush TD. Rookie RB CHRISTIAN MC CAFFREY had 94 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 28 rec.) & rush TD in last game vs. Atl. Ties for lead among NFL rookies in receptions (75) & ranks 4th in scrimmage yards (1,032) & TDs (7). His 75 catches & 1,032 scrimmage yards are franchise rookie records. * WR DEVIN FUNCHESS has 168 rec. yards (84 per game) & TD catch in past 2 on road. Led team with 86 rec. yards in last game vs. Atl. TE GREG OLSEN had TD catch in his last game at Atl. Since 2013, ranks 2nd among NFL TEs with 4,182 rec. yards. * LB LUKE KUECHLY aims for 3rd in row vs. Atl. with 10+ tackles. Has 55 tackles (9.2 per game), 2 INTs & 3 FRs in past 6 on road. DE JULIUS PEPPERS has 5 sacks & FF in his past 6 on road. Had sack in his last game at Atl. (10/30/16 with GB). DE MARIO ADDISON had sack in last meeting. Aims for 6th in row on road & 3rd in row vs. Atl. with sack. Peppers (11) & Addison (10.5) are only pair of NFC teammates with 10+ sacks each. DT KAWANN SHORT has 3.5 sacks & FF in past 3. S KURT COLEMAN aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Had 10 tackles in last meeting.

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Falcons notes: FALCONS can clinch playoff berth with win or Sea. loss. * QB MATT RYAN passed for 313 yards & 2 TDs for 95.6 rating in last game vs. Car. Has 1,399 pass yards (349.8 per game) & 9 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 121.6 rating in his past 4 vs. Car. Has 300+ pass yards & 100+ rating in 7 of past 8 at home vs. division. * RB DEVONTA FREEMAN has 332 scrimmage yards (110.7 per game) & 3 rush TDs in past 3 at home vs. division. Aims for 4th in row at home vs. division with rush TD. Aims for 3rd in row at home vs. Car. with rush TD. RB TEVIN COLEMAN has 4 rush TDs in his past 5 at home. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Car. with TD. Had TD catch in Week 16. * WR JULIO JONES ranks 3rd in NFL with 1,364 rec. yards. Has 31 receptions for 656 yards (164 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 4 vs. Car. Aims for 3rd in row at home vs. Car. with 100+ rec. yards & TD. Has 813 rec. yards (162.2 per game) & 5 rec. TDs in his past 5 at home vs. NFC South. WR MOHAMED SANU had TD catch in last game vs. Car. Has 3 rec. TDs in past 5 at home vs. division. * LB DEION JONES is only NFL player with 125+ tackles (128) & 3+ INTs (3). Has 32 tackles & 2 INTs in past 3. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Car. with 11+ tackles. S KEANU NEAL leads NFC safeties with 109 tackles. Had 8 tackles, 2 FFs & FR in last game vs. Car. LB VIC BEASLEY, JR. has 3 sacks & FF in 5 career games vs. Car. CB ROBERT ALFORD had 2 INTs, incl. 30-yard INT-TD & 3 PD in last home game vs. Car. — NFL Communications



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