We take a look at New Years Day’s NFL clash between the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers and we give our tips and preview of the Round 17 match.
When: Monday, January 1, 8.25am (AEDT)
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
This game has the biggest play-off ramifications and could see a repeat of 2009 when my Arizona Cardinals played the Green Bay Packers in Week 17 and then the following week in the Wildcard Round of the play-offs.
There is a balance here of must win (Falcons) and not wanting to lay all the cards on the table (Panthers).
The fact that this is to be played in Atlanta makes it the game of the week.
Carolina have secured a play-off berth but could end up anywhere from 2nd seed to 5th seed while the Falcons need to win (if the Seahawks win) but can still make it if they lose and the Seahawks unexpectedly fail against Arizona.
After throwing four touchdowns in Week 15, Panthers QB Cam Newton could only find the end one on the ground and will need to get back to his best if they want to go deep.
The Falcons may start favourites but I’m going with the Panthers.
Atlanta at $1.50
Carolina at $2.65
Line tip: Carolina +3.5
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