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Old 12-31-2017, 10:07 PM
 
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I just started really liking football and Panthers are my favorite team...Go Cam! He makes watching the game fun.

Anyway, they lost today but will play the Saints next Sunday. The game will be played in New Orleans.

I don't understand a lot about football but am trying to learn. Since, both the Saints and Panthers lost today, why isn't the next game played in Charlotte?

I also don't get the wild card deal. I thought when Panthers won last week (wow, that was some game), they were for sure in the Playoffs but today see that they were still a wildcard. I'm so confused. I had someone watching the game with me try to explain but I think they were just as confused by the whole process.

Are the Panthers in a good spot right now or did today's loss really mess them up?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-31-2017, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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I feel your pain. Today's game was a bummer. The Panthers looked like they were playing in water up to their waists.

Okay, let me make this easy. There are two conferences: the National Conference and the American conference.

These are teams in the American conference who are still standing and will have to eliminate every other team but one:

  1. New England Patriots (13-3)**
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3)**
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6)**
  4. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)**
  5. Tennessee Titans (9-7)*
  6. Buffalo Bills (9-7)*
**clinched division
*clinched wild card spot


These are the teams in the National conference. They'll have to eliminate each other until there's only one standing:


  1. Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)**
  2. Minnesota Vikings (13-3)**
  3. Los Angeles Rams (11-5)**
  4. New Orleans Saints (11-5)**
  5. Carolina Panthers (11-5)*
  6. Atlanta Falcons (10-6)*
**clinched division
*clinched wild card spot


The wild card position means that if they win their next game, they're playing another game for a playoff and another chance to win their division playoff. If they lose next game, they're out of the running for further playoffs.



That's how I understand it. If I'm wrong, someone correct me.
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Old 01-01-2018, 06:39 AM
 
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“Wild Card” is just the term for the top 2 teams in each conference that didn’t win their division. The Wild Card teams play road games against the #3 (vs #6) and #4 (vs #5) in the first round of the playoffs (next week), while the #1 and #2 teams have byes until the following week. What can be somewhat confusing is that it’s not a true bracket format where #1 would play the winner of #4/#5, #1 actually plays the worst remaining seed.

Given the Saints loss (and the Rams loss, I’m not sure what seed the Panthers would have been if they won and the Rams won), yesterday, had the Panthers won they would have been 12-4 so would have actually been been the #3 team and would have had a home game in Charlotte next week (against the Falcons).

But because the Panthers lost, they dropped down to #5 and will be on the road vs. the Saints. The Panthers and Saints have the same record, but the Saints beat the Panthers twice this year so that’s why the Saints won the division. New Orleans is a tough place to play, but they always say it’s tough to beat the same team 3x in one year so we’ll see what happens.
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:20 AM
 
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Thanks so much for explaining. That helped!
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:29 AM
 
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Thanks so much for explaining. That helped!
You’re welcone, but did just notice I misspoke on one part because if the Panthers had won yesterday against the Falcons then I believe the Falcons wouldn’t have even made the playoffs.
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:34 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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You’re welcone, but did just notice I misspoke on one part because if the Panthers had won yesterday against the Falcons then I believe the Falcons wouldn’t have even made the playoffs.
That's how Baltimore chocked yesterday. Whooops
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Old 01-01-2018, 12:15 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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You’re welcone, but did just notice I misspoke on one part because if the Panthers had won yesterday against the Falcons then I believe the Falcons wouldn’t have even made the playoffs.
If Atlanta had lost, the Falcons still would have ended up with the #6 seed due to Seattle losing. Even though Atlanta and Seattle would have ended up with the same record, the Falcons beat the Seahawks earlier this year, giving Atlanta the tiebreaker between the two teams.
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Old 01-01-2018, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Mauldin/Greenville
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The Panthers still need to maintain consistency and seal the deal. They are a talented team, and often they are good but then they somehow seem to fall apart. They should have won the last Super Bowl based upon that year's performance. But then they blew it. That seems to be their ongoing historical problem maintaining consistency at crucial times. But too often they somehow fail to live up to their potential. Once they remedy that problem they will be more of a contender.
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Old 01-01-2018, 03:42 PM
 
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If Atlanta had lost, the Falcons still would have ended up with the #6 seed due to Seattle losing. Even though Atlanta and Seattle would have ended up with the same record, the Falcons beat the Seahawks earlier this year, giving Atlanta the tiebreaker between the two teams.
Thank you! Too many scenarios to remember haha
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Old 01-01-2018, 04:34 PM
 
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Thank you! Too many scenarios to remember haha
And if the Panthers had won in Atlanta, they would have played the Falcons again this coming weekend in the Wild Card matchup, except in Charlotte
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