Atlanta Falcons Look to Clinch NFC South at Carolina

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Falcons Clinch Division with TB Loss/Tie

The Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers face off on Saturday at Bank of America Stadium. The Atlanta Falcons can clinch the NFC South with a Bucs loss or a tie. Many scenarios are in play where they clinch a playoff spot. They are listed below.

Oddsmakers currently have the Falcons listed as 3-point favorites versus the Panthers, while the game’s total is sitting at 51.

The Panthers were a 26-15 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Washington Redskins. Carolina covered the +7-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (41) made winners of UNDER bettors. Despite an NFL-leading 40 sacks for the Panthers, the defense has been torched by opponents passing for 274.8 yards per game.

Atlanta was a 41-13 winner in its last match at home against the San Francisco 49ers. They covered the -13.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 54 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Matt Ryan said the Falcons have performed well against some of the top defenses and it’s paying off late in the season. Atlanta leads the NFL with 33.5 points per game, ranking second with 412.9 yards of total offense.

Stats and Matchups

Atlanta Falcons:
Team record: 9-5 SU,9-5 ATS
Atlanta is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
Atlanta is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Atlanta’s last 9 games

Carolina Panthers:
Team record: 6-8 SU,5-7-2 ATS
Carolina is 4-6-2 ATS in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Carolina’s last 7 games
Carolina is 9-3-1 ATS in its last 13 games at home

Next up:
Atlanta home to New Orleans Sunday, January 1
Carolina at Tampa Bay Sunday, January 1

Atlanta Falcons Playoff Scenarios:

Atlanta can clinch the NFC South division title with:
1) ATL win + TB loss or tie OR
2) ATL tie + TB loss

Atlanta can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) Atlanta win + ATL clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over DET OR
2) Atlanta win or tie + GB loss or tie OR
3) Falcons win + DET loss or tie OR
4) Falcons tie + DET tie OR
5) WAS loss or tie + GB loss OR
6) WAS loss or tie + GB tie + DET loss

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Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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