160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“We match up with anybody,” Brentson Buckner said. “If they tell us to come out and play on the moon, we’ll play on the moon. Everything we want to do is still ahead of us. We didn’t win the division, but we’re in. We took care of business.” Carolina is going back to the playoffs after reaching the Super Bowl two seasons ago. The Panthers got off to a 1-7 start last year, then made a remarkable turnaround to give themselves a postseason chance going into the final week, but were eliminated by a 21-18 home loss to the Saints. With only two victories in their final eight games, the Falcons (8-8) not only missed the playoffs after going to the NFC championship game last season, but they also kept alive the franchise’s failure to post back-to-back winning seasons throughout its 40-year history. ATLANTA – The Carolina Panthers had just the right opponent for clinching a trip to the playoffs. It was the listless, banged-up Atlanta Falcons, who seemed more interested with getting started on the off-season. DeShaun Foster rushed for 165 yards, including the longest scoring run in team history, and Jake Delhomme threw for two touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a 44-11 rout of the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Carolina (11-5) clinched one of the two NFC playoff spots still available going into Week 17 and settled for a wild card when Tampa Bay clinched the South Division title with a win over New Orleans. The Panthers, coming off the biggest win in the franchise’s 11-year-old history, will travel to New York to play the Giants on Sunday.