NFL Wild Card Preview: Panthers at Saints

Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin watches before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Detroit. The Cincinnati Bengals have hired Austin as defensive coordinator. (AP

NFL Wild Card Preview: Panthers at Saints

But after Sunday, he'll be remembered as the one that got away - literally - for four catches, 115 yards, a touchdown, and a trip to Minnesota for next Sunday's divisional playoffs.

It was a tough turn of events for Carolina, which had converted three third downs and almost capped a 63-yard drive with a touchdown before Gano's missed kick.

Their investment helped finance the stadium when it was built, so if the new Panthers owner moves the team out of Charlotte, they will lose those seat licenses.

"Both teams ended the season 11-5, but while Carolina's Cam Newton - at 28 years old - still has plenty of years ahead of him, time might be running out on New Orleans" Drew Brees.

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. The first matchup between the division rivals occurred all the way back in Week 3 when the Saints destroyed Carolina 34-13 for their first win of the season.

The Saints will also miss having top middle linebacker A.J. Klein (groin), who used to play for the Panthers and is on injured reserve.

"They're going to come up with something else", said Ginn, who caught a 40-yard touchdown in the first game against Carolina.


The Jaguars advanced to face the second-seeded Steelers on January 14 in Pittsburgh.

Buffalo had first-and-goal at the Jaguars 1 after Telvin Smith was called for a neutral zone infraction on Hauschka's 21-yard field-goal attempt, but squandered it when Kelvin Benjamin was called for offensive pass interference in the end zone. Accumulating 60 yards and two rushing scores, his 97 yards were just a third of the ground production achieved by the Saints against Carolina. "We're good. We're going to get up for this game for sure". Guard Richie Incognito left the game with a shoulder injury and is questionable to return. He exceeded 120 receiving yards in both games in 2015. That kicked off an eight-game winning streak that would be snapped by the Los Angeles Rams. He is the midday host at Sports 1280 New Orleans, Midday Host Weekdays-Noon-2pm at Sports 1280 New Orleans/101.1 FM and Television Host at WLAE-TV. I think that is a reality.

Not all Saints will be so familiar with the Panthers.

Payton, who is 6-4 in the playoffs as Saints coach, is trying to maintain a fresh approach as well.

If Jacksonville wins, it will play at No. 2 seed Pittsburgh next weekend.

Maybe they play their best game of the year and win in the last seconds on a Graham Gano walk off.

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