At the same time people in Atlanta couldn't believe their eyes, folks in New Jersey couldn't believe their ears.
Carolina and New England, the presumptive top seeds in the NFC and AFC, went down with a thud Sunday just steps from the NFL regular-season finish line.
The Panthers were shocked by Atlanta, 20-13, watching their bid for an undefeated season evaporate when they suffered their first regular-season loss in 13 months.
The Patriots were upset in overtime by the New York Jets, 26-20, after winning the post-regulation coin flip then curiously opting to kick off instead of receive. The Jets took the opening possession, moved swiftly downfield and clinched the victory...