Carolina failed to climb back into the game, regardless of a late game effort and eventual opportunity for a win against the Saints.
- It was a remarkable performance by a remarkable player in Drew Brees.
That game will be next Sunday, Jan. 14, on FOX at 3:40 pm CT.
"It was an eruption and you felt l like, 'All right, '" Brees said. "Completely different situation now". New Orleans got off to a rocky start this year as they lost the first two games of the year right out of the gate.
The Panthers were investigated once before in the 2016 season opener at Denver when Newton took a blow to the head but remained in the game.
Brees finished with 230 passing yards in the first half.
There was the 80-yard dime on a deep shot to Ted Ginn Jr.to get the Saints on the board, but it didn't end there. He was cleared to play.
Kamara scored from two yards out in the fourth quarter but it was an underwhelming performance for the fantasy dynamo.
But on Carolina's next drive, Newton was hit in the helmet by Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata on a sack.
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It appeared a pretty 46-yard pass from Brees to Michael Thomas with 8 minutes left would ease the minds of many in the building.
Christian McCaffrey hauled in a 56-yard touchdown with 4:09 left and the drama was far from complete. "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.
Cornerback LaDarius Gunter (Jeff Davis) made one tackle for the Panthers.
That left the Panthers with 1:51 on the clock and 69 yards to cover if they were to pull out the win.
Again, better than his 105 passer rating in 349 yards really even dictate, given the circumstances.
Newton completed passes for 17 yards to receiver Devin Funchess and 21 yards to receiver Kaelin Clay that helped put the Panthers at the Saints' 26-yard line with 58 seconds to play.
Drew Brees and his receiving corps came through when Carolina stifled New Orleans' prolific backfield, and a relentless Jordan spearheaded a late defensive stand to seal a 31-26 an NFC wild-card round victory on Sunday. Cam Newton drove the Panthers to the Saints' 21, but the game ended with a fourth-down sack. The call left Panthers coach Ron Rivera upset. "That's a tough one to handle".
Holding a five-point lead and facing fourth-and-2 near midfield at the 2-minute warning, the Saints attempted to go for a first down. "We held them in the red zone and we won the game".
There's a likely chance Rivera is just saying this so it looks less awful that Cam was put back in the game after collapsing on the field, but who knows anymore. The Panthers were inside the Saints' 10-yard line twice in the first half and came away with only three points.
"That was huge, ' Brees said". It looks like the Saints will have to play in the Twin Cities twice two win potentially their second Lombardi Trophy. "They took him in (the tent) just to make sure as a precautionary, but when he was sitting on the ground, they were trying to wipe whatever when he got poked". Graham Gano's 29-yarder cut the Saints lead to 21-12. The Panthers simply didn't do enough to turn field goals into touchdowns. Despite their threatening two-headed rushing attack of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, the Saints would rush 22 times for just 41 years. We have been telling you that he is the best quarterback in the league. "He is still Drew Brees".