Panthers earn first-round bye with win

The Carolina Panthers will get a week off with the postseason getting underway next week.

After holding off a stingy Falcons squad 21-20, Carolina claimed the NFC South title and a first-round bye next week.

The lowest seed the Panthers can get is the second. There's still a chance Carolina winds up with the No. 1 seed.

For that to happen, the 49ers need to defeat the Cardinals and the Seahawks need to lose to the Rams.

Either way, the Panthers can relax this week knowing they're division champs with a bye.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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