Saints win nail-biter over the Panthers to advance in playoffs

Saints win nail-biter over the Panthers to advance in playoffs

Bush, who was Alvin Kamara before Alvin Kamara, was there, leading the "Who Dat" chant to start the game. "Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?". The offense had been forced to live on the arm of Drew Brees, and although it worked well, the Panthers still kept New Orleans' offense one-dimensional throughout the game.

"TV doesn't do that justice", said the press box security guy.

Bell was soon swarmed and attacked by his teammates in a joyous celebration for the Saints' first playoff victory since 26-24 at Philadelphia on January 4, 2014, and first one in the dome since a 45-28 win over Detroit on January 7, 2012.

The veteran signal caller threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns as New Orleans held off the Carolina Panthers for a 31-26 win in the NFC Wild Card Game in a game that found a flair for the dramatic.

The Vikings went 13-3 during the regular season and won the NFC North while the Saints went 11-5 and won the NFC South.

Brees completed 23-of-33 passes (69.6 percent), and he now has 3,915 career passing yards in the postseason, ranking him 10th in National Football League history.

The Saints defence would have none of it, however. Penalties included coach Sean Payton and then-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams suspended for the entire 2012 season. "I told him (Newton) I was coming all game".

After another pair of dueling field goals, Carolina threatened early in the fourth quarter, with Newton finally locating his favorite target, Greg Olson, for a 14-yard touchdown to draw the Panthers within five points. The Panthers stuck with their plan to establish the running game, the reason they had a almost nine-minute edge in possession time in the first half.

Jordan called the Saints' red-zone stops "huge". It appears Cam Newton was outside of the pocket before releasing the pass that was deemed intentional grounding.

It was testament to a defence that was aided all day by the Who Dats.

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly was emotional talking about how much the players "owe Jerry Richardson".

The rest of the game he had the noise meter pushed up every time he stood under centre.

"If a team's going to do that, then obviously I feel like with the matchups we have outside, there should be opportunities", Brees said. "You begin to take shape as the season progresses as to who you become". "My helmet had come down low enough over my eyelid, and it got pressed on a player's stomach, I believe.

We know how to play together, we know where people are going to be and so we're a lot more confident", Te'o said.

"You feel all the energy and the intensity of the games and the crowd", All-American Pub employee Sarah Smart said. "It had like 10 stars beside it on the call sheet". "If the Panthers look good, that affects people's mentality and they're more willing to come out".

Payton also named tight end Josh Hill, guard Senio Kelemete, cornerback P.J. Williams and fullback Zach Line in a similar vein.

After surviving a last-minute wild-card scare Sunday from the Carolina Panthers, the New Orleans Saints now can turn their full attention to righting an early season wrong.

The Saints led 21-6 in the final minute of the first half, but the Panthers have since rallied to pull within less than a touchdown with more than 12 minutes to go.

After one of the more putrid playoff quarterbacking performances ever in Jacksonville, Brees was positively brilliant in the Saints' 31-26 shootout win over the Panthers to complete the season trifecta over their division rivals. Safety Mike Adams didn't get to Brees on blitzes on two TD throws.

"I just have to be better", he added. "We nearly let them back in the game, but here I am standing as victor. It worked to our advantage".



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