The Panthers can potentially clinch the NFC South with a win. The Falcons need to win to clinch a wild card berth. (Bob Leverone/AP)
The Carolina Panthers have earned a playoff berth, now they hope to win the NFC South. The Panthers can potentially clinch their second NFC South title in the last three years if they defeat the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday (10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET, FOX, DirecTV).
You can watch the live stream on the NFL’s mobile app or DirecTV’s NFL app. If the NFL Network is part of your cable package, you can also live stream the game through the NFL app on XBox, Apple TV, or Roku device on your TV.
The Panthers (11-4) clinched a playoff spot following their 22-19 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 16. They can clinch the NFC South title with a win over the Falcons and a loss by the New Orleans Saints, who play at Tampa Bay.
The Falcons (9-6) are coming off a 23-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 16 and now need to win to assure themselves of a playoff berth as a wildcard. A win and they’re in, but a loss – coupled with a win by the Seattle Seahawks – would knock the defending NFC champions out of the playoffs.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the game, or follow along as we bring you the latest score, live updates and more.
What: Carolina Panthers vs Atlanta Falcons
When: Sunday, Dec. 31, 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
TV: FOX, DirecTV
Online: Click Here To Watch Live in HD.
Watch online: You can watch the live stream on the NFL’s mobile app or DirecTV’s NFL app. If the NFL Network is part of your cable package, you can also live stream the game through the NFL app on XBox, Apple TV, or Roku device on your TV.
Local players to watch: Carolina – RB Jonathan Stewart (Oregon), TE Ed Dickson (Oregon), S Jairus Byrd, (Oregon), QB Derek Anderson (Oregon State), LB David Mayo (Scappoose High School). Atlanta – RB Terron Ward (Oregon State), G Andy Levitre (Oregon State), G Sean Harlow (Oregon State).
Follow along as we bring you live updates and analysis from the game from kickoff through the final whistle. Have thoughts on how the Falcons and Panthers are performing? Don’t hesitate to jump in on the live updates and chat with us as the game rolls along.