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NFC Wild Card Playoff: Why the Panthers could beat the Saints for first time

The NFL Playoffs will feature an excellent contest between two NFC South teams. The Panthers vs Saints game is sure to bring together fans and newcomers alike. These two teams had a great regular season and want to advance in the NFL Playoffs. There are factors that keep both teams in the running so far. Wait to see what offensive weapons they have on display going forward. That could keep these teams in the discussion for Super bowl contenders.

NFL Playoff Schedule, Sunday Football Games

Buffalo Bills vs Jacksonville Jaguars at 1:05 PM ET, EverBank Field, TV CBS

Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints at 4:40 PM ET, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, TV – FOX

 Why The Panthers Could Win:

 Carolina made a notable trip to the Super bowl recently with effectively the same time. Cam Newton excels as the teams young QB and leader. Head coach Ron Rivera has plenty of options at his disposal. It will be up to their defense to limit scoring opportunities. That could be a deciding factor in Panthers vs Saints.

The Panthers, who are also making their return to the playoffs after a year away, hope that their own star quarterback Cam  Newton can pound the ball into the Saints line and then dump off to Devin Funchess or Greg Olsen, keeping the Saints D on its heels and the Saints offense on the sideline. This team was good enough to hand the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots rare losses, so perhaps they have what it takes to at last break through.

 Why The Saints Could Win:

 The Saints are proud to have Drew Brees as their QB. His leadership and throwing ability has been proven time and time again. The Saints also topped the Panthers in their last meeting. The team won a Superbowl in 2010 with Drew Brees starting at quarterback. They will have the advantage of playing at home in the playoff game. Head coach Sean Payton is back on the sidelines and remains confident. The Saints also have a duo of great RBs with Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.

Winning this matchup was a main reason the Saints won the first two games. In Week 3, a 34-13 victory, the Saints had 149 rushing yards on a 5.5-yard average per carry. In the Week 13 rematch, a 31-21 win, the Saints gained 148 yards on a 5.3-yard average per carry.

These two teams have surprised audiences before with their playing style. They boast high power offenses that will surprise people in any game. Panthers vs Saints may be the most high profile game of the week too. A win could position either team for a Superbowl bid. Fans will show up on both sides to show their support. Expect a close game that hinges on defense on both sides of the ball.

Falcons advanced from the wild-card round with a methodical 26-13 victory over the Rams on Saturday night. Where the Saints will play next week if they win Sunday against Panthers? The NFL re-seeds after the first round, and the sixth-seeded Falcons are headed to play the No. 1 seed Philadelphia Eagles next Saturday, leaving the Saints-Panthers winner to make the trip to Minnesota.

The Tennessee Titans overcame a 21-3 first-half road deficit, plastering the Kansas City Chiefs for 19 second-half points to swipe a 22-21 upset win at Arrowhead Stadium. The 18-point comeback tied for the second-largest on the road in NFL playoff history.