There’s been plenty of chatter over the past few weeks about the next wild card spot.
With the playoffs now over, the chatter has mostly centered on the Dallas Cowboys, who have two wins in their past five games, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, who play the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday.
Now, the talk is getting a little more focused on the Pittsburgh Panthers, who had two wins and a tie in their last two games and have lost six of their past seven.
The Panthers are coming off a 37-7 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday night.
The Panthers scored their only touchdown on a 28-yard pass to quarterback Cam Newton from Devin Funchess with 2:16 left.
But with the Panthers trailing 13-3, the Giants came out and scored three plays later to take a 31-27 lead.
The next play from the Panthers was a 14-yard run from running back Jonathan Stewart with just over a minute remaining.
On the next play, Panthers cornerback Ron Brooks hit tight end Kelvin Benjamin on a screen pass to open up a 17-yard gain for the Panthers.
But Newton made a crucial play on the play, cutting back into the end zone for a first down with 0.7 seconds left to give the Panthers a chance to tie the game.
The drive stalled at the Giants 10 with 0:32 remaining.
On the next drive, Panthers quarterback Josh McCown threw a perfect pass to Devin Funkess, who beat the defense on a 5-yard catch with 1:19 remaining to give Carolina the lead.
Funkeson threw an incompletion and the Panthers went up 14-3 with 2 minutes to play.
But, with 1 minute left in the half, Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey caught a 22-yard touchdown pass to put the Panthers up 14 with 3 minutes left.
McCaffreys’ touchdown made it 14-14, and after the Panthers drove down the field, the Steelers scored on a 17 -yard run to make it 14 with 1.3 seconds remaining.
With the Panthers leading 14-7, linebacker Markus Golden made a terrific play at the Pittsburgh 1, and he intercepted a pass that was thrown into the back of the endzone.
The play made it 20-14 with 1 minutes left in overtime.
The Steelers went on to win the game 31-28.
But, as mentioned earlier, the Panthers will now need to win two of their next three to have a chance of making it back in the playoffs.