Most of ye who entered here have probably already abandoned hope for this Falcons season, and with good reason. Because Atlanta needs Minnesota and Seattle to each lose their last two games and win both of their remaining games, it seems deeply unlikely the Falcons will remain in the playoff hunt past this week, never mind actually getting into the dance.
Yet there are genuine stakes here that have nothing to do with playoff seeding, and everything to do with pride. The Falcons have to sell free agents and potentially a new general manager on the franchise in 2016, and given the epic, sustained collapse we saw this year, that may be a little bit of a hard sell. Upsetting the undefeated Panthers would be an awesome win for Dan Quinn and his staff and would end a historic run for Carolina, but it would also give the Falcons a signature win to point to as they head into 2016, and a reason for current players and staff to hold their heads high. It's not much, but it matters.
We're now an hour away from finding out whether Atlanta has that kind of upset in them. As always, use this as your open thread, and follow along with Caleb's live radio call.
Falcons-Panthers game info
Game time: Sunday, December 27, 1 p.m. EST
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
TV Channel: FOX
Radio: 92.9 The Game (Wes Durham and Dave Archer)
Online Stream: Can't give you any legal, live streams, but NFL Gamepass offers a live audio stream of the Wes Durham and Dave Archer call, and is your best option for watching the games afterwards. DirecTV also has NFL Sunday Ticket, which is worth checking out.
Injury Report: Grady Jarrett and Tevin Coleman are out.
Odds: Falcons are underdogs
Prediction: Falcons lose, 31-20
Opposition Blog: Cat Scratch Reader