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on Sunday with a 27-9 home win over the 49ers. However Devin White Jersey , they were mathematically eliminated from winning the division before they even took the field this week. Of course, they were out of the running for the NFC South title long ago, but now it’s official. Despite that, Tampa Bay is no longer alone in last place as we approach week 13.Let’s get into what happened around the division in week 12.New Orleans Saints (10-1)The Saints picked up a 31-17 home win over the Falcons on Thanksgiving, marking their 10th consecutive victory. New Orleans scored the opening touchdown just 3:49 into the game and led the rest of the way. Atlanta got within 7-3 later in the first quarter, but Drew Brees led a 17-0 run that didn’t end until there were 22 seconds left in the third quarter. The Falcons never really got back in the game, due in part to turnovers. Overall, the Saints forced four turnovers to make up for being outgained 366-312. Brees threw for just 171 yards and was intercepted for the second time this season, but he still put up four touchdowns in the win. His touchdowns went to some unlikely receivers, with Tommylee Lewis, Austin Carr, Dan Arnold and Keith Kirkwood each getting one. Eli Apple, Vonn Bell and Marcus Williams each recovered a fumble while A.J. Klein came up with an interception. Up Next: at Dallas Cowboys (6-5)— Thursday Night FootballCarolina Panthers (6-5)The Panthers continued their downward spiral on Sunday, falling 30-27 to the Seahawks at home. The loss was Carolina’s third in a row. It came in dramatic fashion, as the Panthers led 27-20 late in the fourth quarter. Russell Wilson connected with David Moore for a 35-yard touchdown to tie the game at 27 with 3:26 left. Cam Newton got Carolina in position to take the lead on the next possession, but Graham Gano missed a 52-yard field goal to give the ball back to Seattle. Wilson got his offense down the field to set up Sebastian Janikowski for a game-winning 31-yard field goal. The Panthers put up 476 yards to the Seahawks’ 397, but that wasn’t enough for a victory.Newton completed 25 of his 30 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns (to one interception), but Christian McCaffrey was the story for Carolina. He ran for 125 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries while adding 112 receiving yards and another touchdown. He caught all 11 of his targets on the afternoon. Luke Kuechly led the defense in tackles with 12 (four solo), with 2 1鈦? going for losses. Shaq Thompson and James Bradberry both came up with sacks in the loss. Up Next: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7)Atlanta Falcons (4-7)The Falcons were mathematically eliminated from NFC South title contention with their 31-17 road loss to the Saints on Thanksgiving. New Orleans had them outmatched for much of the night, with Atlanta failing to stay competitive as far as the scoreboard is concerned. Atlanta fell behind 7-0 early before cutting it to 7-3, but the Saints put up 17 straight points to put the game away. Matt Ryan threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Ridley late in the third to cut it to 24-10, but New Orleans responded with a touchdown of its own. A late touchdown from Ryan to Tevin Coleman did nothing but make the score a little more respectable. The Falcons put up 366 yards to the Saints’ 312, but they turned the ball over four times in the loss. Ryan finished the night with 377 passing yards and two touchdowns on 35-of-47 passing, but threw one interception and lost a fumble. Ridley and Julio Jones also lost fumbles, but both had solid games otherwise. Ridley caught eight passes for 93 yards and a touchdown while Jones went for 147 yards on 11 receptions. Damontae Kazee came up with an interception for Atlanta.Up Next: vs. Baltimore Ravens (6-5) New Jersey's governor bet that the New Jersey Devils will win the Stanley Cup, while basketball legend Julius Erving bet that Philadelphia's football team will repeat as champions, placing the wagers Thursday, the day betting on professional sports became legal in the state.The action took place at Monmouth Park, a racetrack in Oceanport near the Jersey shore, and at the Borgata, Atlantic City's first casino to jump into the sports betting market since New Jersey won a Supreme Court case a month ago clearing the way for all 50 states to offer it should they choose.At the track, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy placed $20 bets on Germany to win the World Cup soccer tournament, and his state's Devils to win hockey's Stanley Cup next season.Thirty minutes later and 70 miles to the south, Erving Devin White Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jersey , better known to Philadelphia 76ers fans as "Dr. J.," put $5 on the Philadelphia Eagles to repeat as NFL champions. He made his bet at the Borgata at the same time New Jersey's Democratic state Senate President Steve Sweeney put $200 on his beloved Green Bay Packers to win the Super Bowl at 10-1 odds.New Jersey fought for eight years against a federal law that had limited sports betting to four states 鈥?Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon."We knew in our heads we were right, and we knew in our hearts we would win," Murphy said. "We've got a lot of good times ahead."Al Pniewski, of Hazlet, New Jersey, took the day off from his warehouse job at a food service company to bet $100 on the Pittsburgh Steelers to win the next Super Bowl, at 12-1 odds."My wife thinks I'm nuts for doing this," he said. "This has been a long time coming. On college football Saturdays, me and my brother-in-law are gonna be here every weekend."Greg Visone, of Millburn, New Jersey, bet on Russia to prevail in its opening World Cup match against Saudi Arabia.Both Pniewski and Visone had previously placed bets with neighborhood bookies, as well as offshore internet sites. Both had gotten burned at least once dealing with the shady side of sports betting.Pniewski lost his money with a website when he tried to cash out, and Visone got lured in by fake odds of 40-1 on a soccer game that turned out to be 4-1 after he had wired his money to make the bet.Those sorts of experiences are among the things legal sports betting aims to prevent. New Jersey's Division of Gaming Enforcement issued its sports betting regulations on Wednesday, and the activity is subject to numerous consumer protections.The line of would-be sports gamblers at the Borgata stretched out the door, down a staircase and into the parking lot before betting began at 11 a.m."I couldn't be happier," said Borgata President Marcus Glover.Murphy made two more bets at the Borgata: $20 on the New York Mets to win Thursday night and $20 on New Jersey NASCAR driver Martin Truex to win the Daytona 500.Jim Wood, a 63-year-old business owner from Margate, New Jersey, went to the casino's sports book in a suit and tie to bet $20 on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to make it to the Super Bowl."I'm a huge Bucs fan," he said. "I went to the very first Buccaneers game in 1976. It's a great opportunity to have sports betting in New Jersey."Mike Sochasai of Toms River, New Jersey, was planning a four-team baseball parlay bet that seemed to depend on the New York Mets losing."When I would go to Vegas, this is always what we wanted to do here, but couldn't," he said.Dennis Drazin, who runs Monmouth Park, said the track has spent $5 million in the run-up to sports betting on physical renovations and legal fees, adding he was "euphoric" to see the first bets actually placed.Online sports betting will not start for at least 30 days in New Jersey. Until then, it is limited to casinos and horse tracks.Follow Wayne Parry at ://WayneParryAC
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