Saints defeat the Panthers 31-26, advance to NFC divisional round

Posted January 08, 2018

That's the scenario the New Orleans Saints (11-5) face this Sunday as they host the Carolina Panthers (11-5) in an NFC wild-card matchup. Meanwhile, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was terrible, passing for just 167 yards and three interceptions. These two teams last faced off in Week 13 and New Orleans defeated the Panthers 31-21. So he made a decision to whip out the broom in the locker room as his team celebrate the season sweep of their division rivals. While still possessing a lethal passing game, the new-look Saints can take the air out of the ball just as easily, dominating time of possession and wearing teams out. "I think that's something that's going to be huge, if guys can take advantage of these four days to really attack their body and try to get as close to 100 percent as possible". Now, two of them will collide for the third time of the season.

Lost in how poorly the Panthers offense played at Atlanta was the absence of Jonathan Stewart, who sat out with back tightness.

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But if you look to stop Ginn from beating you, then Ingram and Kamara can slowly win with chunks of yardage at a time, as they did against Buffalo when their team almost eclipsed 300 rushing yards in a 47-10 win.

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While Saints All-Pro defensive end Cam Jordan has done well containing the 6-foot-5, 245-pound, fleet-footed Newton in previous meetings, he said he doesn't exactly enjoy the prospect of having to do so again.

But Cam comes alive on the big stage, and with a home crowd comes pressure for a Saints team that hasn't had much play-off football of late.

DEFENDING THE RUN: The Panthers finished third in the league against the run, but struggled to stop the Saints. A large part of that was the improvement of the Saints running game with Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. Neither center Ryan Kalil or tight end Greg Olsen played against their divisional rival but both are healthy and expected to produce on Sunday.

But the problem for New Orleans is possible overconfidence, while human nature says Carolina will be motivated.