Panthers have hit the big time

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.