NFC Wild Card Preview: Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints

Sheri Evans
January 8, 2018

Newton was sacked in the fourth quarter and forced from the game after taking a huge hit to the head.

Two years later, the Panthers took down NY in the first round and Chicago in the divisional round, and Seattle pummeled Carolina in the 2005 NFC Championship game. So he chose to whip out the broom in the locker room as his team celebrate the season sweep of their division rivals.

The Saints swept Carolina in the regular season, beating them convincingly again in New Orleans in Week 13, 31-21.

For the Saints it's been the revelation that is Alvin Kamara.

Saints medical staff brought out a cart to take Peat off of the field as teammates gathered around him to show their support.

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Lost in how poorly the Panthers offense played at Atlanta was the absence of Jonathan Stewart, who sat out with back tightness. But Newton, Carolina's leading rusher this season, didn't run much in two losses to New Orleans, gaining 67 yards on nine carries.

The Saints defense came up big as well sacking Carolina's quarterback Cam Newton 4 times.

New Orleans should throw all kinds of looks at Newton.

Once the speedy Ginn had the ball in his hands, he was able to sprint away from Bradberry.

Derek Anderson replaced him for one play, an incompletion that forced the Panthers to punt. The Saints also managed to rush for 149 yards. Both rushed for more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage with Kamara perhaps the most electric of the two.

The duo rushed for almost 2,000 yards combined in the regular-season.

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Nathan Peterman came in and scrambled for 4 yards to keep the drive alive.

The Jaguars advanced to face the second-seeded Steelers on January 14 in Pittsburgh.

Of Carolina's with trips to the postseason, three have begun on wild card weekend. Then kicker Graham Gano missed a chip-in field goal.

Tight end Kyle Rudolph, who'd been playing through a right ankle sprain, said he'd told coach Mike Zimmer he'd do whatever he needed to do to get through the Vikings' final three regular season games, knowing a bye would await the Vikings if they won those games. Accumulating 60 yards and two rushing scores, his 97 yards were just a third of the ground production achieved by the Saints against Carolina.

"I've said before, I thought that two-game road stretch we took was important at Carolina and at London", Payton said.

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The Jaguars managed just 27 yards in the first quarter. "That's something we that we have not done a good job of this year".

Goodell was in Jacksonville for Sunday's AFC wild-card game between the Jaguars and Buffalo Bills after being in Los Angeles on Saturday night. I think that is a reality. The Saints haven't lost a playoff game in the Superdome since 1992.

Not all Saints will be so familiar with the Panthers.

The Panthers are a very good team, having also compiled an 11-5 record, but they are the underdogs in Sunday's clash for a reason.

But, for me, it all boils down to the play of the quarterbacks in this survive-and-advance game, and the clear edge goes to Brees and a defense that will tug enough times on Superman's cape.

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