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08 January, 2018, 03:46 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • The Times Picayune writes blistering headline about Panthers after loss Sunday

Payton pointed out that the Panthers not only defeated two of the top teams in the National Football League this season - New England and Minnesota - but beat the Patriots on the road.

Their third meeting - also the first playoff clash between them - is loaded with story lines.

DIVISIONAL grudge matches bring something extra to a play-off game and that's exactly what there is at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on Sunday night.

Future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Drew Brees showed up for the Saints. Carolina had also contained the Saints' dynamic rushing attack, holding running back tandem Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara to a combined 14 rushing yards by halftime.

New Orleans has already rendered Carolina's offense one-dimensional once this season, holding Newton to 167 passing yards in a Week 3 game the Panthers lost at home 34-13.

The 6-foot-7, 316-pound Peat was the Saints' first-round draft pick in 2015 out of Stanford, where he played left tackle. Kamara has averaged 8.8 yards on 19 touches in the two games vs. the Panthers, with a total of three touchdowns. The Saints won both regular-season meetings between the two teams. He was terrific against the Panthers in the regular season, in part, because he had a strong running game.

"It's hard to beat a team three times in a season", has been a popular refrain since the Saints were paired with the Panthers.

Sunday, the New Orleans Saints have some fireworks planned of their own. Not only does establishing the run against the Saints open up the passing game for Newton, but it also keeps Brees on the sideline.

But the 80-yard bomb helped New Orleans to 229 yards on its next three drives, to a 21-9 halftime lead, while Clay's drop (followed by Graham Gano's first missed field goal since Week 5), kept the Panthers just out of reach even as they fought back to within five points in the fourth quarter. Not only did they defeat the Panthers twice, they did it decisively both times.

"Him and Cam have timing together, chemistry", Saints safety Vonn Bell said.

"He's definitely going to do his thing, but we're going to go out there, we're going to execute and do our thing, too", Te'o 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. But at the same time, they may be doing some different things that we have to get ready for to go out and stop. He played out the rest of the game without missing any more plays.

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

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