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No matter what happens against the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome on Sunday, the Carolina Panthers will be better prepared for the 2015 NFL season than they were for this one.

The Carolina Panthers can’t finish with a winning regular-season record, but they could check off the back-to-back NFL playoffs box if they beat or tie the Atlanta Falcons in a do-or-die Week 17 finale Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

By all measures, Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Mike Remmers, 25, has been passed over by most talent evaluators that he’s come across.

Three things to watch in Sunday’s Carolina Panthers game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Jonathan Jones was at 70 percent on his NFL picks, but Tom Sorensen, despite a headache, says he was at 89.9 percent. So there.

When the Carolina Panthers visited the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 7, they had not won a game in 63 days. What happened next was a reminder that you can never be sure what will happen next.

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