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Carolina Panthers Secure First Round Bye with victory over the Atlanta Falcons

The Carolina Panthers are the last undefeated team in the NFL and now the first team to secure a first round bye with their 38-0 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

The Carolina Panthers continue to put together an incredible run that now will include a first round bye as they have secured one of the top two seeds in the NFC. The Panthers moved to 13-0 after their 38-0 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

This will mark only the second time in the franchise's history that they will have one of the top two seeds in the playoffs. The last time they did this was actually in their second year in the league in 1996 when they went 12-4 and were the second seed behind the Green Bay Packers

The Panthers have never owned the top seed though and will be able to do that with two more wins or one win and one loss by the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals currently are 11-2 and riding a seven game win streak after their Thursday night victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

This has been a record setting year for this team as they set a franchise record 13 wins in the regular season after reaching 12 on three separate occasions before this year (1996, 2008 and 2013). They have also set a franchise record of 11 straight games with 25 or more points, which is also the fifth longest streak in NFL history.

The Panthers will look to keep that streak going next week when they travel to New York to take on the Giants.

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