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Coach Ron Rivera and the Carolina Panthers are headed back to the playoffs.
Owner Arthur Blank and the Atlanta Falcons could be preparing to hire a new head coach.
In a winner-take-all regular season finale, the Panthers easily beat the Falcons 34-3 to win the weak NFC South on Sunday.
The victory gave Carolina (7-8-1) a division title for a second straight year, a first-time achievement for the franchise, as the Panthers prepare to host Arizona in a wild-card playoff game on Saturday.
Atlanta (6-10) has collapsed since nearly winning the NFC title game two years ago. The Falcons, losers in 22 of their last 32 games, could have different leadership in the next few days if Blank fires Smith in the next day or so.
Though Smith won two division titles and made four playoff appearances in his first five years, those achievements weren’t enough to prevent Atlanta’s collapse over the last two seasons.
If he is fired, Smith will leave as the winningest coach in the Falcons’ 49-year history.
Smith said he never saw Sunday’s horrible performance coming after what he thought was a good week of practice and game-planning.
“It sends a signal to me that I didn’t get the job done,” Smith said. “I’m the one that’s held responsible for it.”
A few things to consider for both teams:
WHAT’S NEXT: While Blank decides what to do with Smith, Rivera will have his team back at work preparing for Arizona.
Despite being 3-8-1 following a lopsided loss at Minnesota on Nov. 30, Carolina rallied while division rivals Atlanta and New Orleans fell apart.
“Our guys are the kind of guys that we want,” Rivera said, “and I just felt if we kept playing and kept taking care of our business that we would get that opportunity.”
EVEN KEEL: To avoid a letdown against the Cardinals, linebacker Thomas Davis wants everyone in the Carolina locker room to remember how empty it felt to lose at home in the playoffs last year to San Francisco.
“We hosted a playoff game last year and didn’t fare well,” Davis said. “We understand that as a team. We’re going to remain focused, and we have to make sure we do a good job of making sure that we take care of business at home.”
MIX ‘EM UP: Falcons receiver Roddy White said the offense was surprised by the zone coverage Carolina deployed and was disappointed that Atlanta never seemed to adjust.
“They mixed up a bunch of different coverages and didn’t play a whole lot of man coverages,” White said. “They dropped eight, they dropped seven and they rallied to the ball. They did a good job of that and kind of confused us early in the game that we weren’t prepared for.”
YOUNG AND TOUGH: The Panthers, who started a franchise-record seven rookies on both sides of the line in last Sunday’s home win over Cleveland, got a boost defensively from rookie starters Bene Benwikere and Tre Boston and reserves Adarius Glanton and Kony Ealy.
The foursome combined for 10 solo tackles, one sack, one interception, one forced fumble and one pass breakup.
Said Boston, who picked off Matt Ryan’s pass to Harry Douglas and returned it 84 yards for a touchdown on the last play of the third quarter, “I think it was our best overall defensive game that we played this season. From seven, back seven, we just all did our jobs. We’re coached to play to our potential.”
LONG, HARD FALL: Ryan wanted to win the game and the division, not just for Smith, but for everybody on the team.
“I think it was about everyone in our organization,” Ryan said. “I think when we came into this game, it wasn’t just about Mike. It was about us as a team. We wanted to continue to play and we felt like we had the right team to do that.”
BY THE NUMBERS: Rivera improved his career December record to 15-3 since 2011. … The Falcons dropped to 5-1 against the NFC South. They went 1-9 outside the division. … Panthers QB Cam Newton has averaged 7.7 yards per carry in 60 career rushing attempts against Atlanta. Newton was Carolina’s leading rusher with 51 yards. The team finished with 194 to just 63 for Atlanta.
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Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers have mutually agreed to part ways, officially ending his star-crossed tenure in San Francisco.
The Niners issued a statement shortly after Sunday’s season-ending victory over Arizona, confirming their split with Harbaugh and saying that they already have begun their search for another head coach.
“Jim and I have come to the conclusion that it is in our mutual best interest to move in different directions,” Niners CEO Jed York said in the statement. “We thank Jim for bringing a tremendous competitive nature and a great passion for the game to the 49ers. He and his staff restored a winning culture that has been the standard for our franchise throughout its history. Their commitment and hard work resulted in a period of success that should be looked back on proudly by our organization and our fans. We wish Jim and his family all the best.”
“For the last four seasons I have had the great privilege to coach one of the storied franchises in the history of football,” Harbaugh said in the statement. “We accomplished many great things together as a team during this period, which is a tribute to the incredible efforts of some of the most dedicated players and coaches in the NFL. I will miss competing alongside this group of players and coaches, I have the utmost respect and admiration for their hard work and support. It has been my honor to share the sideline with these mighty men. I will always appreciate and remember fondly, the passion and support of our Faithful fans, and want to express my particular thanks to them.”
Despite the 49ers’ overall success during his four-year tenure, Harbaugh’s frequent clashes with team management — specifically general manager Trent Baalke — fueled speculation about his job security. The Niners went 44-19-1 in their four years under Harbaugh.
Harbaugh has been linked to several coaching vacancies and expected openings in recent months, including the job at the University of Michigan, his alma mater.
Michigan officials, who traveled to the Bay Area to meet with Harbaugh after his final 49ers game, believe they will be taking Harbaugh and his wife to Ann Arbor with them on Monday, sources told Adam Schefter.
The Niners missed the playoffs for the first time under Harbaugh by going 8-8 this season en route to a disappointing third-place finish in the NFC West.
Harbaugh’s first three seasons in San Francisco were marked by overwhelming success, as the Niners appeared in the NFC Championship Game three straight times and reached Super Bowl XLVII, where they were defeated by John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens.
But after getting off to a 7-4 start this season, San Francisco struggled down the stretch, losing four of its final five games.
Harbaugh’s fourth season with the Niners was marred by the shortcomings of quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who regressed in his second full year as the starter, the lengthy absence of star pass rusher Aldon Smith, who was suspended nine games for multiple violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy, and the off-field troubles of defensive lineman Ray McDonald, who was released earlier this month following an allegation of sexual assault.