Panthers have hit the big time

December, 7, 2011
12/07/11
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Just received what I think is some very big news out of Bristol.

Sunday’s game between the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers will be a Countdown Live game. That’s where we chat live throughout the game, with help from Scouts Inc.’s Matt Williamson and ESPN Stats & Information.

We don’t get a lot of Countdown Live games in the NFC South. They usually come only when the Saints and Falcons play each other or when there is a Monday night game involving an NFC South team.

But the Panthers and Falcons are the chosen ones this week in the 1 p.m. ET slot. We know the Falcons are very much in the playoff race. After knocking off a juggernaut like Tampa Bay, I guess the Panthers now are on the national radar and, thus, we have Countdown Live.

Check the blog Sunday. You’ll be able to get straight into Countdown Live from there.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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