Panthers at Saints - Playbook for the NFC Wild Card round

Panthers at Saints - Playbook for the NFC Wild Card round

Panthers at Saints - Playbook for the NFC Wild Card round

This time, it's win or go home. New Orleans is lead by a two-headed monster at running back between rookie standout Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram.

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. He turned those two rush attempts into 37 yards and a touchdown in route to a 34-13 victory. In their last eight games against divisional opponents the Saints are 6-2 ATS.

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.

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One factor to remember is the Saints had a dominant rushing attack against the Panthers despite left tackle Terron Armstead missing both games. McCaffrey, the eighth overall pick in the draft, caught nine passes for 101 yards in Week 3. Much of the coverage duties will fall to linebacker Manti Te'o in this game. Newton targeted his tight end 10 times, resulting in only one reception (for 10 yards) and one of Newton's three interceptions.

Cam Newton did not play well in two losses to the Saints this season.

The Panthers are unquestionably the most battle-tested team in the NFC playoffs with a roster consisting of players who have participated in 187 career postseason games. Kamara added to his impressive resume this week when ESPN Stats & Information revealed that his 7.7 yards per touch is the highest single-season average in National Football League history among players with at least 200 offensive touches.

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