Panthers vs. Falcons 2014 picks and predictions: Atlanta slight favorites among experts

It’s win or go home in this NFC South matchup.

The awful, terrible, atrocious NFC South race is finally getting put out of its misery. The Panthers and Falcons conclude the regular season with a showdown in Atlanta and one of them will walk away as division champs with a playoff ticket.

With the help of the stumbling Saints, Atlanta and Carolina have come back from the dead. After going 2-7-1 through the middle stretch of the season, the Panthers have reeled off three consecutive wins. The Falcons, who entered November 2-6, kept their hopes alive last week by knocking off New Orleans in the Superdome.

The last time these two met was in Week 11, when the Falcons eked out a 19-17 win in Charlotte. That game saw Cam Newton throw two fourth-quarter touchdowns to rally back from a 16-3 hole, but Matt Bryant drilled a 44-yard field goal with just over two minutes remaining to hand Atlanta the win.

Unsurprisingly, NFL experts are torn on picking the winner. The eight-man panel at CBS Sports is split down the middle, while nine of the 13 at ESPN are picking Atlanta.

Here at SB Nation, our panel is giving the Falcons a slight edge.

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