The good news about the Carolina Panthers clinching last place is that we now know who their 2022 opponents are. The bad news about the Carolina Panthers clinching last place is that, well, they clinched last place.
Here’s how that went down during the NFC South’s Week 17 slate.
Panthers can’t march offense against Saints
Carolina fell into that last-place carbonite as a result of their hopeless offense. The unit was as painful to watch as they’ve been all year, having amassed just 178 total yards while allowing a damaging seven sacks in the 18-10 defeat.
Half of those sacks belonged to defensive end Cameron Jordan, who also notched a team-high eight tackles on the afternoon. His stellar showing helped the Saints keep their playoff hopes alive as the eighth seed in the conference heading into Week 18.
Jets run out of fuel against Tom Brady (again)
Whether he’s in New England or Tampa Bay, Tom Brady simply cannot be stopped by the New York Jets. The 44-year-old, for his 30th victory in 37 career starts against Gang Green, found wideout Cyril Grayson for a 33-yard go-ahead, game-winning touchdown pass.
The score pushed the division champions to a 28-24 triumph as they now prep for Carolina to finish off the regular season. They won’t, however, be doing so with Antonio Brown—who exited stage left in quite the display at MetLife Stadium.
Bills charge over Falcons
Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen was abysmal, completing just 11 of his 26 passes for 120 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions. Yet, Atlanta still fell to his Bills by a pair of touchdowns.
The 29-15 outcome was paced by the home team’s rushing attack, which plucked these dirty birds for 233 yards and four touchdowns. The Falcons, with this loss, were officially ousted from postseason contention.
NFC South standings through Week 17
*1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12-4)
2. New Orleans Saints (8-8)
3. Atlanta Falcons (7-9)
4. Carolina Panthers (5-11)