2013 NFL Playoff Picture: How the Panthers can secure a playoff spot in Week 15

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sport

The Panthers can clinch a playoff spot this week with a victory over the Jets and a little help.

Even though they lost in New Orleans last Sunday night, the Panthers can still secure a playoff spot this week.

Here's what has to happen:

1. The Panthers defeat the Jets.

2. The Cardinals lose to the Titans.

3. The 49ers lose to the Buccaneers.

4. The Eagles lose to or tie with the Vikings OR the Cowboys lose to or tie with the Packers.

So, here's what you have to do as a Panthers fan:

Root for the Panthers (duh), Titans, Buccaneers, Vikings and Packers to all win on Sunday. If all of these teams help us out by winning, we can celebrate our first playoff berth since 2008. (Note: Only one of Packers/Vikings have to win for Carolina to clinch, but it would be nice for both of them to win because reasons.)

And if all of those things don't happen, then look on the bright side - we can just clinch a spot in Week 16.

Keep pounding!

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