Vikings to face Brees, Saints in playoffs

  • Vikings to face Brees, Saints in playoffs

Vikings to face Brees, Saints in playoffs

"I prepare like every game could be my last or (like) it's a playoff game or I've got something to prove and I've got an edge", he said, per ESPN. On a good day, Newton is the best player on any field he steps on, and it's possible he will excel in the passing game and make New Orleans pay for playing the run.

Defensively, Luke Kuechly and company must limit the New Orleans' ground attack. New Orleans took the crown will host the Panthers for the second time this year in the Big Easy, Sunday at 4:40 p.m.

Saints coach Sean Payton takes a small measure of comfort in New Orleans' regular-season sweep of Carolina.

The Saints will be favourites to advance having comfortably beaten the Panthers twice already this season.

Even though it's an exciting time for fans, it's also a very turbulent one because no one knows who will buy the Panthers once the season is over. The Carolina Panthers are looking for another shot at the championship since losing it to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50, while the New Orleans Saints haven't been to the big dance since Super Bowl 34 in 2009.

The Panthers' lone lead in the two regular season games came courtesy of a field goal at the start of the Week 3 matchup.

"From the midpoint of the season, when (Carolina) got on a roll, you can see the confidence grow with that team".

Former running back Reggie Bush confirmed on Twitter Thursday morning that he will be at the game. Leading the pressure for New Orleans is defensive end Cameron Jordan. They will run up against the Panthers defense, which is ranked No. 7 in the league.

They also have Michael Thomas, one of the game's most dynamic young pass catchers, who was sixth in National Football League receiving yards with 104 hauls for 1,245 yards. "If you're winning, it will get quiet really quick". The Panthers added a dynamic weapon in rookie running back Christian McCaffrey, but then bafflingly subtracted Newton's best wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, via a mid-season trade with Buffalo.

"You never sleep on the guy", Saints safety Vonn Bell said.

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.

New Orleans could get starting left tackle Terron Armstead back from a thigh injury that kept him out of last week's 31-24 loss at Tampa Bay.

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.