Even though they control their own destiny for home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs, the Panthers still haven't clinched their playoff spot. They can do that this weekend, with any of six easy steps. Any one of these gets them in:
-- A win plus a Dallas loss or tie.
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-- A win or tie plus an Atlanta loss or tie.
-- A tie plus a Dallas loss and a Philadelphia loss or tie.
-- An Atlanta loss and a Dallas loss and a Washington loss or tie.
-- An Atlanta loss and a Dallas loss and a Chicago loss or tie.
-- An Atlanta loss and a Philadelphia loss and a Washington loss or tie and a Chicago loss or tie.
It's as easy as that.