- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

CAROLINA (14-0) at ATLANTA (7-7)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Panthers by 7

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Panthers 10-4, Falcons 5-9

SERIES RECORD - Falcons lead 24-17

LAST MEETING - Panthers beat Falcons 38-0, Dec. 13, 2015

LAST WEEK - Panthers beat Giants 38-35; Falcons beat Jaguars 23-17

AP PRO32 RANKING - Panthers No. 1, Falcons No. 17

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (3), PASS (23)

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (6), PASS (5)

FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (17), PASS (7)

FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (14), PASS (20)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Panthers won five of last six in series. … Panthers are 14-0 for first time in franchise history. … Carolina has clinched NFC South and first-round bye. Would clinch home-field advantage in playoffs with win. … Panthers had NFL-best 10 players, including QB Cam Newton, selected for Pro Bowl. Falcons had two players, RB Devonta Freeman and WR Julio Jones, selected. … Newton has three games with at least five TD passes in last five. … Newton threw for 265 yards and three TDs, in Dec. 13 win over Falcons. … DT Kawann Short had two sacks, two forced fumbles and fumble recovery in win over Falcons. … TE Greg Olsen has 1,048 yards receiving, second straight season 1,000-yard season. … LB Luke Kuechly had interception against Giants last week. His 11 INTs since 2012 most by any NFL linebacker. … LB Thomas Davis only player in NFL with at least five sacks (5 1-2) and three INTs (3). … Falcons snapped six-game losing streak with win over Jaguars last week. … Freeman tied for NFL lead among RBs with 12 TDs (10 rushing, two receiving). Freeman’s 10 rushing TDs lead NFL. … Jones leads NFL with 118 catches. He leads NFC with 1,544 yards receiving. Jones is one of only four in NFL history with back-to-back seasons with 100-plus catches, 1,500-plus yards. … WR Roddy White one of nine active players with 800 career receptions. He reached mark with first catch against Jaguars last week. … Patrick DiMarco top-rated FB in league by Pro Football Focus. … Fantasy Tip: Carolina WR Ted Ginn Jr. has six TD catches in last three games and could victimize Atlanta secondary.

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