The Panthers, winners of 11 of their last 12 games, trailed most
of the game against the disappointing Falcons (4-12) but overtook
Atlanta when Cam Newton hit Greg Olsen with a seven-yard touchdown
pass late in the third quarter for a 21-17 lead.
Carolina won the division crown for the first time in five years and
have advanced to the playoffs for the first time since that success
The Panthers improved to 12-4 for the season.
(Reporting by Larry Fine, editing by Gene Cherry)
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