New Orleans then lost to the NFC number three seed Rams before beating Carolina by 10 at home.
The second round of the NFL Wild Card playoffs starts at 1:05 p.m. Sunday on CBS between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills, followed by the Carolina Panthers at the New Orleans Saints at 4:40 p.m. on FOX. And that's due to their backfield.
Newton passed for 3,302 yards and 22 TDs and also paced the Panthers with 754 rushing yards despite 59 fewer attempts than running back Jonathan Stewart (680 yards). Against a Carolina defense that ranked third in the league, allowing an average of 88 yards per game, the Saints rushed for 149 and 148 yards in their two games. Even though he is 38 and playing a reduced role, he is as important to the Saints as ever. Luke Kuechly and the Panthers linebacking corps will face a tall task in slowing down the Saints dynamic rushers.
Carolina coach Ron Rivera doesn't downplay the significance of those victories. Brees saw to it, throwing three touchdown passes and no interceptions while Cam Newton threw three interceptions and no touchdowns.More news: Almost $1 billion up for grabs in Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots
The Vikings came through the end of the regular season in relatively good health, and have a good chance to get center Pat Elflein back from the shoulder injury that kept him out in Week 17. "If you're winning, it will get quiet really quick".
The confidence was the big thing.
"We just know he's a passing threat", Bell added. In their two losses to New Orleans, the Panthers yielded thirty-four and thirty points, their two highest totals of the season.
Outside of going 0-2 SU and ATS against the Saints this season, the Panthers decimated the majority of their schedule going 11-3 SU and 9-4-1 ATS over their other 14 games.More news: NFL Playoffs: Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams
Cam Newton did not play well in two losses to the Saints this season. And it's a role they are embracing. "They're going to make adjustments, and you have to make adjustments, as well". A lot of people didn't have us picked (to be) here anyway. But at the same time, they may be doing some different things that we have to get ready for to go out and stop.
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Carolina, meanwhile, moved the ball well, but an early touchdown drop and too many drives that led to field goals put the Panthers into a hole they couldn't quite climb out of.
The truth is, either one of these teams could have a championship in their immediate horizon.More news: Trump disbands voter fraud commission, says Homeland Security will take over investigation
When Newton is accurate, efficient and can extend plays and create yards with his legs, the Panthers can beat anybody. The Saints outscored the Panthers in those two games, 65-34.
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