This game is big in terms of confidence, as the team looks to bounce back after an embarrassing 36-7 defeat at home last Thursday against the New York Giants.
It’s also big in terms of playoff potential. A win over the division-mate Falcons would put the Panthers within a game of the NFC South leaders, provide them the nod in head-to-head tiebreakers with Atlanta and give them the edge when the two meet again in December.
While escaping the Georgia Dome with a victory will be no small task, the Panthers have a prime opportunity to get their name back into the discussion for playoff contenders.
Let’s examine some of the more important aspects for the Panthers if they hope to beat the unbeaten.