NFL Wild Card Preview: Panthers at Saints

NFL Wild Card Preview: Panthers at Saints

NFL Wild Card Preview: Panthers at Saints

Fifteen weeks later, the Saints are 11-5 and back in the playoffs for the first time in four years and will be hosting those same Panthers, also now 11-5, on Sunday. It's been so long since they played the Saints - who unleashed rookie Alvin Kamara and solidified their defense after the Week 1 loss - that their season-opening win might not be worth much as a template.

Coverage of this game airs on FOX beginning at 4:40 pm ET on Sunday from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

"There's familiarity", said Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who completed 25 of 34 passes for 269 yards and a touchdown in the 31-21 win and was 22 of 29 for 220 yards and three touchdowns in the 34-13 win.

Meanwhile, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was very bad, passing for just 167 yards and three interceptions.

The 6-foot-7, 316-pound Peat was the Saints' first-round draft pick in 2015 out of Stanford, where he played left tackle.

When Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore finished reviewing game video of the latest performance by New Orleans' defense, he came away unimpressed, but not discouraged. After dropping two straight to start the Saints began an eight game win streak with their first victory over the Panthers in Charlotte. This season, a season-long duel between the New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, and the Atlanta Falcons thrust all three teams in the playoffs. We go every game.

Moving the football down the field was not a problem for the Panthers Sunday, at least not until they got near the red zone.

"I think this team is at its best when doubt is overwhelming against them", Shepard said on the Panthers website.

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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.

Check here for injury reports for all postseason games. "We love it", PSL owner Peggy Schug said.

"[It's] being able to have extra time to get treatment, to get massages and take advantage of the resources you have at your house: rolling out, stretching, things like that", wide receiver Adam Thielen said.

"You're talking about one of the better tight ends in the game and so not having him is significant and having him (in the previous games) is huge", Saints coach Sean Payton said.

He has just 17 catches for 191 yards and one touchdown this season, and had only one reception in Carolina's loss to Atlanta last week.

"We take pride in being good at stopping the run", Panthers outside linebacker Thomas Davis said.

Saints: DE Trey Henderson (ankle), OL Terron Armstead (thigh) are QUESTIONABLE.

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