Saints hang on to beat Panthers, advance to divisional round

AP

The Saints won a game by making plays. On defense.

New Orleans hung on for a 31-26 win over the Panthers in the wild card round, sacking Cam Newton on a fourth-and-23 attempt to close the game.

The Saints advance to next week’s divisional round against the Vikings, in a game between what appear to be the two best teams in the NFC.

The Saints harassed Newton throughout the day, sacking him four times, and foiling some late-game dramatics.

But between holding them to field goals in the first half and a brilliant day by Drew Brees, the Saints were the better team (again, after sweeping the Panthers in the regular season).

Brees finished with 376 yards and two touchdowns, on a day when the Panthers were intent on stopping the run. They largely did that, as Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara combined for just 45 yards on the ground.

The Panthers are going to have some questions to answer beyond their lack of red zone success, after Newton left the game briefly in the fourth quarter. He stumbled coming off the field, and went to the blue medical tent but not to the locker room. The team announced that he was checked for a concussion and was cleared, and he was sitting on the bench with ice on his eye afterward.

After missing one snap, he came back in the next possession and threw a 56-yard catch-and-run touchdown to running back Christian McCaffrey, which cut the Saints lead to 31-26.

They got the ball back with a chance to win after safety Mike Adams intercepted a fourth-down pass he’d have been better off dropping, but the Panthers final drive came up short.

150 responses to “Saints hang on to beat Panthers, advance to divisional round

  1. Concussion. Shouldn’t have been allowed back in the game. Stars more important to the leaugue than their safety. Protocol is a joke.

  2. The NFC Championship game will be Atlanta vs New Orleans.

    The Choking Eagles and Vikings are fake teams and the clock just hit midnight for these two fraud Cinderella Teams.

  3. Cam played GREAT! Panthers receivers let him down, dropped a TD pass, missed a 25 yard field goal, which if the Panthers players would have executed, the Panthers could have easily won it at the end.

    New Orleans looks very suspect, if they can barely squeak out a win at home against a team with no receivers.

  4. GREAT players Brees, Thomas, and Jordan bailed out Sean Payton once again. It’s a shame because Payton started out as a good coach, but has been way too arrogant for the last several years.

  5. Going to be fun watching Breess’ career come to an end in the house of pain. Revenge is a dish best served cold.

  6. And you want to know why Cam Newton is so OVERRATED

    they had 1st and 10 from the 22 yard line and he threw 4 passes deep to the end zone

    Ignoring the check downs. OVERRATED

    and I’m sure he will show up in the post game presser dressed in another stupid “look at me” outfit

  7. The NFL obviously doesn’t care about player safety or proper officiating. Cam’s “eye injury” caused him to fall down while making his way to the sideline? Yeah right.

    As for officiating, I don’t know how they don’t review that Mike Adams interception. He clearly didn’t have possession and it cost Carolina 16 yards. I also don’t think it was intentional grounding as Cam was outside the tackle box a few plays later. But if you’re gonna call that, know a run-off is involved and don’t rely on an alternate official.

  8. I’m a Saints fan and I have no doubt admitting the Saints won in spite of Sean Payton. He calls plays and they scored 10 points after halftime, not to mention an idiotic fourth-and-2. He’s a glorified offensive coordinator whose game management skills may be better only than Andy Reid’s. Lucky to win.

  9. In 2009 did Minnesota change their name to the Baker’s?
    The DID hand over FIVE turnovers!
    You expect to win with 5 turnovers?
    And then…
    “Favre throws the pick!
    Favre throws the pick!”

  10. refs screwed up on the 4th and 2 interception. No way the guy had control, can’t understand why it wasn’t reviewed. Cost the Panthers 16 yards.

  11. Panthers offense, and Cam’s arm nearly won this game in spite of having hurt receivers. Finally a decent game. That’s 1 of 4 watchable games NFL. Little wonder fans are fleeing the NFL when even playoff games are as poor as regular season games.

  12. Cam was not outside the tackle box. He was directly behind where the guard had been lined up. He took one step to the right after taking the snap and dropping way back.

    And he shouldn’t have been in the game at all. He was knocked OUT. The concussion protocol is a joke.

  13. The Saints and the Vikings should be one hell of a good game. I think the Falcons have a really good chance against the Eagles. The Jaguars will probably need a defensive TD or two to compete with the Steelers and the Titans are toast.

  14. Love to see the self proclaimed, all about me, I’m the greatest, cry baby, super dud get his butt kicked!!

  15. .
    The Panthers red zone problems could have been solved if they utilized the 3rd round choice they received in exchange for 6’5″ Kelvin Benjamin at the trade deadline.
    .

  16. Let me just say saints won’t score more than 16 against Vikings defense. Vikings win big, just watch. Silence the Packers and Saints fans.

  17. Cam newton got knockout cold after that monster hitstick. I Was surprised they let cam back in the game. I see Carolina getting fined for letting a concussed player back on the field.

  18. Griffin>Brees
    Barr and Kendrick>Ingram and Kamara
    Rhodes>Thomas
    Waynes>Ginn
    Smith>than any other defensive player in the NFL

    The Aints will be lucky to get 16…

  19. Good. As a Vikes fan, I want the Saints, then I want the Falcons, then I want the Pats. No doubt you deserve it if you can do that, and I think this year’s team has good odds of doing it.

  20. Drew Brees is the QB that Peyton always wished he could be come playoff time. That’s his 7th game of 30 points or more on offense in just 12 games. Peyton has just 5 games games in 27 games. LOL. If he wins the Super Bowl this year and then breaks all of Peyton’s records you could easily argue he’s the better QB all time. Brees earned his Super Bowl win unlike Peyton.

  21. buttfumbles says:
    January 7, 2018 at 8:06 pm
    What is SKOL

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    There is a thing called the internet, that has a search engine, give it a try.
    What is buttfumbles

  22. Seriously cant believe the “interception” wasn’t reviewed. That was 17 huge yards and I’m not sure he caught it. If that was 3rd down, it would have been reviewed for 15 minutes and this is 100% on the nfl as there were less than 2 minutes. Nobody will talk about this and not that the panthers deserved to win, but I was screaming at the tv before the ball was snapped and not a mention from the tv crew. SO annoyed.

  23. Drew Brees is the all-time playoff leader for YPG and TD-Int ratio…if he had any kind of a defense in his career we would be talking about Brees and Brady side-by-side

  24. The Minnesota Vikings are going to be wishing that the were hosting the (dome loving) Saints in TFC Bank stadium, not inside in US Bank stadium, next week.

  25. dodgerlakerfan1969 says:
    January 7, 2018 at 8:18 pm
    Drew Brees is the QB that Peyton always wished he could be come playoff time. That’s his 7th game of 30 points or more on offense in just 12 games. Peyton has just 5 games games in 27 games. LOL. If he wins the Super Bowl this year and then breaks all of Peyton’s records you could easily argue he’s the better QB all time. Brees earned his Super Bowl win unlike Peyton.

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    Brees has always been better, but the Manning machine was pretty far up the media’s (I’m looking at you ESPN) you know what

  26. I have no doubt that the teams that appear in both conference championship games will be the most deserving and capable of winning Super Bowl LII.

    The Eagles should be worried about facing a team with unfinished business. The Steelers need to avoid the turnovers. The Patriots cannot underestimate the Titans. And the Vikings are facing a team with a HOF QB and defense.

    Here we go!

    Go Patriots!

  27. nhpats says:
    January 7, 2018 at 7:58 pm
    Vikings’ players and fans just soiled themselves
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    Really? Over a team that lost last week to Tampa? Yeah, shivering in our boots. Not to mention they already beat them this year, have the best defense in the league, and playing at home.

  28. shlort says:
    January 7, 2018 at 8:17 pm
    My prediction of Saints – Falcons NFCCG is still possible.

    Saints vs Steelers SB. Saints win

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    You predicted the packers were going to win the SB and then you predicted that Ron Wolf was going to be the packer new GM. You are pretty bad at this predicting thing.

  29. nhpats says:
    January 7, 2018 at 7:58 pm
    Vikings’ players and fans just soiled themselves
    —-
    Why? The Vikings D has a secondary that is perfect against a pass heavy offense like the Saints. Throw in our front 4 linemen and passing just got that much harder.

    So again….why?

  30. Next Sunday in Minnesota should be AMAZING, just like in 2009, except it isn’t an epic HOF QB matchup. This reminds me of 2009 when they met in the NFC Championship, as that was the real Super Bowl, because those were the 2 best teams in the league. I’ll be pulling for Breesus, but I’m looking forward to a well executed game all around!

  31. To all you “fans” who are crying for a review of the interception, here’s news for you. All turnovers are automatically reviewed. Try and learn the game if you’re going to whine about it. Guess that’s why you’re Panthers fans.

  32. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    January 7, 2018 at 8:26 pm
    nhpats says:
    January 7, 2018 at 7:58 pm
    Vikings’ players and fans just soiled themselves
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Really? Over a team that lost last week to Tampa? Yeah, shivering in our boots. Not to mention they already beat them this year, have the best defense in the league, and playing at home.

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    We all know how things end for the Vikings in the postseason…..we have all seen this dance before

  33. Its always been true that some teams suck with an extra week off. We will find out if its true about the Vikings. The Rams and the Chiefs rested players and lost their games. I have always thought they should play their guys even if its for a half.

  34. That was a good game. I had Saints in my pool, but the Panthers looked like the better team. They trailed the whole game but it never felt like they were out of it.
    I like Payton but that 4th down play call still has me scratching my head.

  35. This is setting up perfectly! The Minnesota Vikings REVENGE TOUR begins next week with a win against the Saints next week…then the Falcons (Eagles will not win) in the NFC Championship!

  36. Cam balled out in this game. Those suggesting otherwise are blind, bias, and racially bias. NFL fans are the absolute worst right wing haters.

  37. Max Goop, I agree but it needs to be convincing because the media has a hard time keeping it real when it comes to Peyton. Brady had to win his 4th Super Bowl ring before they decided they couldn’t put Peyton ahead of him anymore. There hasn’t been a QB in history that has had more excuses made for him for his failures than Peyton.

  38. Fox got some great footage of the Saints locker room celebration, led by Payton. He introduced a broom.

    Panthers vs Saints games are gonna be good next season.

  39. “Cam played GREAT! Panthers receivers let him down….”

    How many times are you going to post this excuse on PFT message boards? You posted it twice on another article about this game.

  40. I’m gonna save ALL these comments from Vikings fans about how the Saints don’t stand a chance and will be lucky to score 7 points or 16, at most.

  41. shame that the panthers sit at home next week and blake bortles is playing.

    hopefully calais and the jags defense can make it a good game.

  42. contra74 says:
    January 7, 2018 at 8:28 pm
    nhpats says:
    January 7, 2018 at 7:58 pm
    Vikings’ players and fans just soiled themselves
    —-
    Why? The Vikings D has a secondary that is perfect against a pass heavy offense like the Saints. Throw in our front 4 linemen and passing just got that much harder.

    So again….why?

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    Because the Vikings’ anemic offense will be lucky to score 7 points

  43. Was hoping Saints would beat Minny in NFC Championship game to make it hurt really bad. Will just have to take them down a week earlier. Go Saints!!

  44. dirtdawg53 says:
    January 7, 2018 at 8:31 pm
    To all you “fans” who are crying for a review of the interception, here’s news for you. All turnovers are automatically reviewed. Try and learn the game if you’re going to whine about it. Guess that’s why you’re Panthers fans.
    *************************************************************************************

    If you cannot accept the obvious travishamockery that is the “what is a catch” syndrome that NFL games suffer from…..you’re either dense or a homer.

    NO earned their W, but after enduring numerous freeze-frames with instant replay all year, that one deserves to be called out.

  45. famundacheese says:

    Vikings will have at least 5 defensive holding penalties and that isn’t including the 25 that won’t be called

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    Every team gets non-calls. We shouldn’t be complaining about that. If the NFL called our oline for holding, we would have stunk a long time ago.

  46. Brees vs. Brady would be the best QB Super Bowl matchup in history, by far. Long road to get there, but one can dream

  47. Now that was a playoff game! Both offenses firing on all cylinders until the Saints defense blasted Newton. Saints are the team to watch in the NFC they seem like the most consistent team.

  48. whodat5150 says:
    January 7, 2018 at 8:40 pm
    I’m gonna save ALL these comments from Vikings fans about how the Saints don’t stand a chance and will be lucky to score 7 points or 16, at most.
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    Holy Gawd, must your life be boring as ….!

  49. Vikings fans, you’re really The Absolute worst! Blame the refs and a bs bounty system, yet fail to blame Peterson for fumbling FOUR times and Favre for throwing a terrible INT across his body. Sore losers! “This ain’t Detroit, man, this is the SUPER BOWL!!!”

  50. Who’s got better defense? Vikings is #1 in every category and best 3rd down with the best pash rush front DL, LB, Ss and CB. What win championship? Ignorant people would say offense. Wrong. Defense. Now, come to US bank, the house of pain and you’ll be silent going back home.

  51. logicalvoicesays says:
    January 7, 2018 at 7:58 pm
    The NFC Championship game will be Atlanta vs New Orleans.

    The Choking Eagles and Vikings are fake teams and the clock just hit midnight for these two fraud Cinderella Teams.

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    Man, when you’re not talking about RGIII or the Redskins, you’re dead on. Who knew?

  52. Most exciting playoff game so far. Saints won, weather you like it or not. Drew Bress was on point since Panthers boxed in the RB’s and stopped the run. GEAUX Saints!

  53. Congrats to the Saints – great game. Looks like the Vikes will have to beat your team twice.

    And nhpats, stick to your own conference. I know they’re all sick of you over there too, but your stupid comments mean even less over here.

  54. nhpats says:
    January 7, 2018 at 8:25 pm
    Unless the Vikings shut out the Saints, how can they win? The Vikings will be lucky to score 7 points
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    Seriously? Lol. Vikings have scored more against better defenses. Atlanta has a better defense. Look it up. The Vikings are ranked #11 in offense, the Saints are ranked #17 in defense. The Vikings were a top #10 oefense most of the year but dipped a tad in last few weeks due to conservative game plan against inferior opponents. The Vikings offense has put up 20-30 points against better defenses. The Vikings offense matches up fine. The real question is how the Saints offense matches up with the #1 defense. The Saints are definitely a better team since last time but so are the Vikings

  55. nhpats says:
    January 7, 2018 at 8:40 pm
    contra74 says:
    January 7, 2018 at 8:28 pm
    nhpats says:
    January 7, 2018 at 7:58 pm
    Vikings’ players and fans just soiled themselves
    —-
    Why? The Vikings D has a secondary that is perfect against a pass heavy offense like the Saints. Throw in our front 4 linemen and passing just got that much harder.

    So again….why?

    ————–

    Because the Vikings’ anemic offense will be lucky to score 7 points
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    Anemic? They are ranked #11 and our QB had the second best total QBR in the leageue. The #1 ranked defense with #11 ranked offense is more balanced than the Broncos team that won the Superbowl a few years back.

    How about the Anemic Patriots defense?

  56. Remember, you were down 26-9 then garbage time rolled around.

    Taints offense has gotten better since then. But Vikings D…. oh boy! Number 1 in the league. Made Matt Ryan, dalton, and Stanford look terrible. Along with Brees in the first game. Plus, literally crushed Rodgers! So taint fans, don’t think your going to come to Barr’s house of pain and have your way….

  57. Congrats to the Saints, I always love me a good Cam meltdown, but the Minnesota defense is going to absolutely annihilate Brees.

    The concussion protocol will very much be in use next week.

  58. Max Goop says:
    January 7, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Brees vs. Brady would be the best QB Super Bowl matchup in history, by far.
    _____________________________________

    It would be a great match up but the best by far? Hyperbole much or are you just under 14? Off the top of my head these are just some of the match ups it would be competing with: Stabler vs. Tarkenton, Aikman vs. Kelly, Starr vs. Dawson, Montana vs. Elway, Bradshaw vs. Staubach, Brees vs Manning, Montana vs Marino.

  59. purpleguy says:
    January 7, 2018 at 9:07 pm
    Congrats to the Saints – great game. Looks like the Vikes will have to beat your team twice.
    And nhpats, stick to your own conference. I know they’re all sick of you over there too, but your stupid comments mean even less over here.
    ****************
    Why? because they are drown out by the comments of your purple bretheren?

  60. I have a feeling you won’t see Kamara and Ingram shut down again next week. That does not bold well for a Vikings. Case Keenum is not Drew Brees.

  61. Future HOF QB, great recievers in Ginn, Thomas, and Hill, two stud RB’s , Kamara and Ingram. On D we have, Cam Jordan, Marshon Lattiomre, Vonn Bell, Crawley. Yeah, our team is so suspect! / sarc. We won for a reason, it may have not been pretty, but a win is a win against a divisional opponent who knows us very well. Drew played lights out when the run was stopped, so pick your poison.

  62. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    January 7, 2018 at 9:24 pm
    Max Goop says:
    January 7, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Brees vs. Brady would be the best QB Super Bowl matchup in history, by far.
    _____________________________________

    It would be a great match up but the best by far? Hyperbole much or are you just under 14? Off the top of my head these are just some of the match ups it would be competing with: Stabler vs. Tarkenton, Aikman vs. Kelly, Starr vs. Dawson, Montana vs. Elway, Bradshaw vs. Staubach, Brees vs Manning, Montana vs Marino.

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    Brady and Brees are better than all of those QB’s…and by your logic of using the Brees v Manning matchup…you think Manning is better than Brady…so I have to ask what mental illness are you suffering from? You have 0 credibility, and that’s the nicest thing I can say

  63. Well now we have to listen to the two most insufferable fan bases, packers and saints. Going to be a long week. SKOL
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    Lol, such lack of awareness. We all know the Vikings are by far the most insufferable fanbase by a mile. A quick look at any packer story is all one needs for confirmation. Project much?

  64. Azinnecker, difference is the NFL had an agenda to fulfill in 2015. They had to get Peyton his second ring before his washed up self retired. They don’t care about Case Keenum. Have you ever seen a team that was that awful of offense win the Super Bowl? Actually you haven’t. It was the lowest offensive output in the Super Bowl than any Super Bowl winner. 195 yards of total offense.

  65. dvdman123 says:
    January 7, 2018 at 9:30 pm
    I have a feeling you won’t see Kamara and Ingram shut down again next week. That does not bold well for a Vikings. Case Keenum is not Drew Brees.
    ——
    Except the the Vikings have the #2 ranked defense…all around best defense…

    All these Backs shutdown this season.
    Gurley
    Freemem
    Bell
    Kamara and Ingram in first game

    If the Saints beat us it’s Brees.

  66. For all the talk of how explosive this Saints running offense is and how improved this Saints defense is, I was rather surprised to note that the offense only managed 41 yards rushing, and the defense allowed 24 first downs; 26 points; and 413 yards.

    Added to that the Saints despite being the home team, were penalised 7 times for 96 yards.

    Yes the defense made a few solid plays on the Panthers’ final drive, but there had better be a different Saints team that travels to Minnesota next Sunday otherwise the Vikings will repeat their week one victory, if not bettering it!

  67. dodgerlakerfan1969 says:
    January 7, 2018 at 9:40 pm
    Azinnecker, difference is the NFL had an agenda to fulfill in 2015. They had to get Peyton his second ring before his washed up self retired. They don’t care about Case Keenum. Have you ever seen a team that was that awful of offense win the Super Bowl? Actually you haven’t. It was the lowest offensive output in the Super Bowl than any Super Bowl winner. 195 yards of total offense.

    ——

    Umm, The 2000 Ravens had a worst offense, probably 2010 Ravens. Both them had worst than the Vikings. The Vikings offense is #11 Which isn’t that bad. I don’t care if Case is looked at as a bad QB. He isn’t playing like one this year. He played on some pretty bad teams.

    So the NFL is fixed by your comments? Whatever. The fact is the Vikings are a balanced team.

  68. That defensive juggernaut know as the Saints Defense was smoked for almost 500 yards by the Panthers Offense.

    Vikings-31 Saints-17

  69. The Saints are a very good team. As a Vikings fan I looked at them as the best opponent in the playoffs.

    Both fan bases should like their chances.

    It’s the #1 ranked defense (Min) vs #2 total offense (Saints) and the #11 ranked offense (Mn) vs the #17 ranked defense (Saints). Both teams can win. THe Saints have improved a lot, but the Vikings team as as well.

    Looking forward to it.

  70. AJzinnecker, actually I was referring to the offense of the 2015 Broncos. The Ravens weren’t worse. Peyton was the lowest rated QB in the league and they were the lowest ranked offense in DVOA than any Super Bowl winning team since the merger. They had the lowest offensive output in the Super Bowl than any winning team ever. The Vikings are more balanced but often the story line in the NFL wins out. Keenum Vs. Brady or Keenum Vs Big Ben isn’t a great ratings win. Think about that. The sheep have blinders on.

  71. dodgerlakerfan1969 says:
    January 7, 2018 at 10:19 pm
    AJzinnecker, actually I was referring to the offense of the 2015 Broncos. The Ravens weren’t worse. Peyton was the lowest rated QB in the league and they were the lowest ranked offense in DVOA than any Super Bowl winning team since the merger. They had the lowest offensive output in the Super Bowl than any winning team ever. The Vikings are more balanced but often the story line in the NFL wins out. Keenum Vs. Brady or Keenum Vs Big Ben isn’t a great ratings win. Think about that. The sheep have blinders on.

    ——

    So the NFL is fixed huh is what you are saying? So us fans shouldn’t even bother tuning in. Lol

    We’ll I think a team playing in their own stadium is a Hell of a story and it would feature the best offense (Pats) vs the best defense (Min).

    Any team has a chance. Except in the AFC. Pats or Steelers are a lock to go. Weak conference.

  72. dodgerlakerfan1969 says:
    January 7, 2018 at 10:19 pm
    AJzinnecker, actually I was referring to the offense of the 2015 Broncos. The Ravens weren’t worse. Peyton was the lowest rated QB in the league and they were the lowest ranked offense in DVOA than any Super Bowl winning team since the merger. They had the lowest offensive output in the Super Bowl than any winning team ever. The Vikings are more balanced but often the story line in the NFL wins out. Keenum Vs. Brady or Keenum Vs Big Ben isn’t a great ratings win. Think about that. The sheep have blinders on.

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    Also by this logic no new stars would ever rise. Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson won super bowls on defense teams. Case can to. Speaking for a fan who’s team is not in the playoffs most fans want to see someone new in the playoffs and Superbowl.

  73. Congrats Saints fans and welcome to the Saints/Vikings game week.

    If you’re confused as to why the majority of posts on our game week threads will be from Packers fans don’t worry, we are too!

    Just ignore them and their history lessons. After all, they are sitting at home while we are playing.

    Let’s have a great game.

  74. The opening line is +5 Saints… meaning that Brees and company are 5 point dogs to the Vikings with an over/under of 47.5 points. But with intangibles such as the noise generated by the Vikings fans inside their home stadium (it is VERY LOUD there) coupled with the fact that the last time these two teams met (regular-season opener) where the Saints lost to the Vikings 29 – 19 AND with the “bountygate” scandal from the last time these two teams met in the playoffs… I’m thinking that the Vegas odds are a bit off. The final score will be Minnesota Vikings 27, New Orleans Saints 17… and a whole lot of cheeseheads spending time with their cows… I mean their wives.

  75. ninefingers9 says:
    January 7, 2018 at 8:49 pm
    whodat5150 says:
    January 7, 2018 at 8:40 pm
    I’m gonna save ALL these comments from Vikings fans about how the Saints don’t stand a chance and will be lucky to score 7 points or 16, at most.
    ———-
    Holy Gawd, must your life be boring as ….!

    ————–

    …And you took the bait!

  76. Akzinnecker, you’re not old enough to remember the story line of Gruden Vs his old team and the best offense against the best defense. That was a great story. The NFL didn’t need a star QB on the Bucs. Is what about Gruden and his defense. The Ravens were all about Ray Lewis and his team winning. He was the star and the story. Playing at home is a nice story but it’s not a ratings bonanza. And yes, sports are fixed and it’s all about getting your dollars. Don’t be so naive. The NFL didn’t complicate the rule book to make the game better. They did it to make it easier to manipulate. Everything is controversial now and it’s less obvious when a game is fixed.

  77. nhpats

    i find it odd a pats fan is one this thread demeaning the vikings. it’s obvious you’re scared of facing their defense. you know what beats Tom Brady, and it’s pass rush.

  78. The Panther’s sold out to the run and forced Brees to beat them.

    Brees is the most accurate passer in NFL history with a pass completion percentage of 72% this season.

    When forcing Drew Brees to beat you in the air is your strategy, you might want to re-think your strategy.

    The Vikings/Saints game will be great. If anyone can slice up the Viking’s secondary, it is Brees. However, just because he can does not mean that he will. The Saints have a TON of injuries on defense and a depleted offensive line.

    I am pulling for the Saints, but if the Oline injuries are too much, neither Brees nor the run game will do well. To me, next week comes down to how well the banged-up Saints offensive line can holdup vs the Vikes D.

    Also, I wouldn’t use the first game as a basis for anything. The Saints were still running A.Peterson on 1/3 of their run plays and the D hadn’t found it’s groove yet.

  79. Case Keenum is not Brees. Of course, but he’s going to show comes Sunday that he’s better than Drew the brees. Brees will choke against Vikings #1 defense. Just ask Rodgers, Stafford, Ryan and so on. Lamo

  80. And now the vaunted Saint’s offense runs straight into the brick wall that is the Vikings defense.

  81. dodgerlakerfan1969 says:

    January 7, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    Akzinnecker, you’re not old enough to remember the story line of Gruden Vs his old team and the best offense against the best defense. That was a great story. The NFL didn’t need a star QB on the Bucs. Is what about Gruden and his defense. The Ravens were all about Ray Lewis and his team winning. He was the star and the story. Playing at home is a nice story but it’s not a ratings bonanza. And yes, sports are fixed and it’s all about getting your dollars. Don’t be so naive. The NFL didn’t complicate the rule book to make the game better. They did it to make it easier to manipulate. Everything is controversial now and it’s less obvious when a game is fixed.

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    lol. What a load. If the NFL was fixed there would have to be thousands of people keeping their mouths closed for decades on hand and someone would have let is leak. That would not even be possible. Also I’ve noticed in the playoffs over the years they blew the whistles less and less. I think a new team playing at home is a lot better of a story than the same old teams winning again and again. Even if the Vikings get eliminated which is a decent chance…they do have history against them…I am still pulling for the Eagles, Falcons, or Jaguars if they even make it that far. It’s nice to see new kids on the block rise. Drew Brees I never even heard of until 2009, and he won it and become somebody. No reason a Case Keenum, Matt Ryan, or someone else can’t claim that as well. Case Keenum and Adam Theilen are both true from rags to riches stories. Both were un drafted and undesirable, and did the best they can with the opportunities. How can that not also be a good story? If it’s all about ratings and a good story (fixed) how is it explained the 2013 Superbowl? Where the #1 offense went against the #1 Defense and destroyed them? Seahawks vs. Broncos? That was one of the worst Superbowls in the history of the NFL from an entertainment standpoint? Unless your a Seahawks fan, or me who bet with everyone in the office the Broncos would lose, it wasn’t a fun game. lol And really nobody on That Seahawks became famous until after that game.

  82. Vikes already beat this fraud of a team this year.

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    Yeah, but this Saints team isn’t the one the Vikings played in Week 1. You won that game because Sam Bradford played light-out…..and as I recall, your Vikes LOST to the team the Saints just beat for the THIRD time in a row. Now it’s Case Keenum going against Drew Brees. BOTH defenses are very good, so it will be QB play that wins the game. I’ll take Drew Brees in that matchup every time. Geaux Saints! Who Dat!!

  83. Vikings fans and their “#1 D.” lmao. So much smoke and mirrors. They played 6 games against the Aaron Rodgers less Packers, Trubisky Bears and the can’t run the ball Detroit Lions. They played the Browns. They played the Ravens terrible offense. Carolina, who the Saints just beat for the third time, put up 31 on them. Pittsburgh blew their doors off. Redskins scored 30. How soon they forget. Get ready to lose in the playoffs again as you normally do after ignoring all the signs pointing you not being really as good as you think you are. Then you can add it to the list of excuses from 2009. Who Dat

  84. bws1066 says:
    January 7, 2018 at 8:33 pm
    Its always been true that some teams suck with an extra week off. We will find out if its true about the Vikings. The Rams and the Chiefs rested players and lost their games. I have always thought they should play their guys even if its for a half
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    Could not agree more….resting injuries notwithstanding, the bye seems to be nothing more than a momentum killer on many occasions

  85. Why are Viking fans on a thread about the Saints beating the Panthers? It’s really quite pathetic. The butt hurt from 2009 where Pederson fumbled and Favre threw an interception is your reason for ” revenge”. How delusional and sad is this Vikings fan Base?

  86. To clarify, the Saints Vikes game is a divisional game. The 2009 game was the championship game. Beating the Saints means the Vikes would have to go to the NFCCG and win again to go to the Super Bowl.

  87. Claire Kruszka says:

    January 8, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Why are Viking fans on a thread about the Saints beating the Panthers? It’s really quite pathetic. The butt hurt from 2009 where Pederson fumbled and Favre threw an interception is your reason for ” revenge”. How delusional and sad is this Vikings fan Base?

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    how rude are the Saints fans? lol. Some fans are interested in the league in general so we read other stories to. Nothing to do with a 2009 game that has nothing to do with this year.

  88. dvdman123 says:
    January 7, 2018 at 9:30 pm
    I have a feeling you won’t see Kamara and Ingram shut down again next week. That does not bold well for a Vikings. Case Keenum is not Drew Brees.
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    What does bold well mean?

    Sorry to let the “cow out of the bag” but the Panthers D is not the Vikings D… that does not “body well” for Breeze and the Saints.

  89. The Vikings D isn’t the Vikings D you think they are. Carolina scored 31 on that D. If they can score 31, the Redskins can score 30 and the Steelers can score 26, the Saints shouldn’t have much trouble scoring as well.

  90. speakadatrut says:
    January 7, 2018 at 8:34 pm
    This is setting up perfectly! The Minnesota Vikings REVENGE TOUR begins next week with a win against the Saints next week…then the Falcons (Eagles will not win) in the NFC Championship!

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    Of the teams you mention their the one that would be hungriest for a revenge tour woulf be the Falcons hands down.

  91. ratedgap says:
    January 8, 2018 at 1:54 pm
    The Vikings D isn’t the Vikings D you think they are. Carolina scored 31 on that D. If they can score 31, the Redskins can score 30 and the Steelers can score 26, the Saints shouldn’t have much trouble scoring as well.
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    Keep telling yourself everyone will see that Viking team that barely lost on the last game of a 3 game road trip against the Panthers. You’ll see what I’m talking about after playing pinball with Brees for 60 minutes.

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