If there's a silver lining in finishing last in your division, it's an easier schedule.
While the Panthers and Saints could each finish 2016 at 7-9, Carolina would lose the tiebreaker. That means they're assured of a fourth-place finish in the NFC South for the first time since 2010.
We already knew most of next year's schedule - each division opponent twice, plus a full slate of games against the NFC North and AFC East. But with the Panthers clinching last place, that locks in their final opponents.
The Eagles and 49ers are also guaranteed to finish fourth in their division.
Panthers' 2017 Opponents