NFL Wild Card Preview: Panthers at Saints

Carolina Panthers Greg Olsen catches a pass as New Orleans Saints Kenny Vaccaro defends in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte N.C. Sunday Sept. 27 2015

Since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 there have been 20 instances in which a team that went 2-0 in the regular season against an opponent went on to face that opponent in the postseason.

Coverage of this game airs on FOX beginning at 4:40 pm ET on Sunday from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Case in point was a Week 4 victory in New England, when he threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 44 yards and a score.

The defense, thanks to a big stop on third down by 37-year-old Julius Peppers and an ill-advised interception by Mike Adams the cost Carolina 16 yards of field position, gave Newton the ball back one last time, with 1:51 to play. As the Panthers prepare to visit their division rivals in New Orleans this weekend, Newton's ability to succeed in the passing game will be the contest's crucial factor.

Meanwhile, Panthers star tight end Greg Olsen and Saints Pro Bowl cornerback Marshon Lattimore are slated to play after missing each of the previous two meetings.

"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. He is the midday host at Sports 1280 New Orleans, Midday Host Weekdays-Noon-2pm at Sports 1280 New Orleans/101.1 FM and Television Host at WLAE-TV.

The Panthers final possession reached the 21-yard line, but an intentional grounding penalty and a sack ended the game and the Panthers' season. "We're good. We're going to get up for this game for sure". In their two losses to New Orleans, the Panthers yielded thirty-four and thirty points, their two highest totals of the season.

United States also freezes $2b in military assistance to Pakistan
He slammed Pakistan for only providing lies and deceit in reaction. "They have to take decisive steps", said Nauert. Pressure from the USA also resulted in a buildup of Pakistani military presence along the border with Afghanistan .

"We start this time of year, and everyone is starting from scratch", he said.

Cam Newton rolled up to his weekly press conference, brow furrowed, and spoke of added focus.

"We take pride in being good at stopping the run", Panthers outside linebacker Thomas Davis said. Guard Richie Incognito left the game with a shoulder injury and is questionable to return. We were picked 6-10, 7-9, 8-8, last in the NFC South. you can look at it that everything we do from here on our is gravy then.

That's right - it's possible for the Vikings to defeat the Saints and Falcons en route to Super Bowl LII, payback from two of the more crushing losses in franchise history - 2010 to the Saints and the NFC Championship game loss to Atlanta in 1999.

Notes: LT Terron Armstead (thigh), DE Trey Hendrickson (ankle) and TE Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion) all practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday after not playing in Tampa Bay last Sunday.

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