Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has talked all season long about the offense being "close" to putting it all together. When you're talking playoffs, close isn't good enough. Although the percentages say the Falcons (9-6) should make the postseason, missing out remains a possibility if they don't handle their business -- and get the offense going -- against Carolina in the season finale. The Panthers (11-4) already secured a playoff berth and still have dreams of a division title. Meanwhile, the Falcons would secure the sixth and final playoff spot and likely road matchup with the Los Angeles Rams with a victory over the Panthers. The Falcons-Panthers matchup has been moved from 1 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. (FOX), the NFL announced late Sunday night. A Falcons loss would keep things open for Seattle, who the Falcons hold the tiebreaker edge over but still could fall behind record-wise. If Ryan and the offense flow, beating the Panthers would be a strong possibility. But that's a big if. It's been a roller-coaster season under first-year coordinator Steve Sarkisian. The Falcons are now 0-6 when they fail to score 20 points after Sunday's 23-13 loss to the Saints. Besides the 13 against New Orleans, the Falcons scored 17 in losses to Buffalo, Miami and Carolina, nine in a loss to the Vikings, and a season-low seven points in a loss at New England.
Which Falcons offense will show up for season finale against Carolina?
ESPN | Dec 26