Panthers let playoff chance slip away in New Orleans

Panthers let playoff chance slip away in New Orleans

Not only does Olsen provide quarterback Cam Newton with a top-tier target, but he's enjoyed success against the Saints in the past.

"You better believe my intensity is different", said the Carolina Panthers' star quarterback.

The NFC South winners New Orleans Saints are back in the play-offs after a four-year drought and they welcome the Carolina Panthers for a Wild Card Round clash.

"We start this time of year, and everyone is starting from scratch", he said. "We simply can't afford to have bad ones". And obviously, you don't just look at the games you played them. "Cause when we have all three phases going, we're hard to stop". For Carolina to win, it will need a huge performance from Newton.

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.

On its face, there is not a great deal of difference between this version of the Panthers and the 2015 squad that went 15-1 and rampaged its way through the NFC and into the Super Bowl.

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Saints receiver Michael Thomas had five catches for 50 yards and a touchdown on New Orleans' opening drive, and rookie running back Alvin Kamara scored the first of his 14 touchdowns on a 25-yard run in the fourth quarter. The Saints relentlessly pressured Newton, sacking him four times. He failed to throw for more than 183 yards and was sacked six times.

A holding penalty on the Saints secondary gave Carolina a first down at the 21 with 46 seconds to play. Had the Vikings had to play this weekend, Rudolph said, "I can't tell you what Plan B would have been". "I know the team's ins and outs".

"I don't think that is overplayed".

The Panthers also sit at 11-5 but a pair of losses to the Saints has Carolina playing this game on the road.

"He plays with a lot of juice", Newton said. Expect another tight game on Sunday with an improved Panthers offensive performance highlighting the day. The threat he presents through the air could ease coverage on wideout Devin Funchess and scatback Christian McCaffrey while potentially benefiting the ground game. "That's the emphasis that we have every week". Few players are capable of discouraging defenses like Newton, who is just as happy trucking over a safety, outrunning a cornerback in the open field, or lofting a deep ball to a wide-open tight end after forcing teams to play eight in the box. And then it helps the passing game in play action. "Well that's fine. It how you look at it and go out there an you play".

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