How to Watch Saints vs. Panthers

How to Watch Saints vs. Panthers

How to Watch Saints vs. Panthers

Many locals have always been aware of Richardson's creepy tendencies, deep connection to right-wing politics, and suspicious racial attitudes, but the SI story was a national embarrassment for a typically under-the-radar organization.

The Panthers are the only team in the National Football League to to the NFC Divisional Round in each of their playoff trips.

The Bucs gained 110 yards rushing and had two receivers go over 100 yards, including Chris Godwin, who caught a go-ahead, 39-yard touchdown pass with 9 seconds left.

Brees and Newton have been under centre for years in their respective teams, and both have been helped this season by improved defence and explosive rookie running backs. At that point, it became clear that once again, for all intents and purposes, the Panther's quarterback was their offense. Brees doesn't have to play great.

If New Orleans, who went 6-1 at home this year (their eighth "home" game was in London), gets off to a hot start against Carolina, then the Panthers will have to overcome a wave of momentum caused by well over 70,000 screaming fans.

The first-round matchup with the Saints is not fortuitous. Not only did they defeat the Panthers twice, they did it decisively both times.

Meanwhile, Saints coach Sean Payton will be trying to change or disguise most everything his offense has done against the Panthers, which may be hard as those old plays accounted for 400 yards in the 31-21 win and 362 yards in the 34-13 victory.

On the other side of the ball, things are equally concerning.

Fellow running back Mark Ingram, wide receivers Ted Ginn, Tommylee Lewis and former Saints turned Cardinals back Adrian Peterson also created trouble, gaining 203 additional yards. With AP Photos.Drew Brees passed for 376 yards and two touchdowns and the New Orleans Saints held off Carolina's late comeback bid to seal a 31-26 victory in their NFC wild-card game.

"Each game's different", said Payton, whose team took its first NFC South crown since 2011 by virtue of a head-to-head tiebreaker over Carolina. Brees needs another strong performance from his running backs in order for the Saints to beat the Panthers for the third time this season.

Payton downplays the regular-season wins over Carolina now, reminding everyone that the playoffs are a single game elimination tournament, but the Saints have to be in the Panthers head, if only just a little bit. If Newton can hit a couple of big plays early, he could be in store for a big day. It's also possible Luke Kuechly could do Luke Kuechly things and pick off a couple of passes, and maybe take one to the house. And after the Week 5 bye, they came back and scored three defensive touchdowns in a 52-38 win over the Detroit Lions.

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