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NFL Playoff preview: Carolina vs. New Orleans

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Carolina Panthers face the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Wild Card round game on Sunday afternoon. The game will kick off at 4:40 pm on FOX from Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Both teams have identical 11-5 records.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees getting ready to throw a pass (Getty Images)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees getting ready to throw a pass (Getty Images)

According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Saints have a 55% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll; however, gives the Saints a 77% chance to win this game.

The Saints have won the past two games in this series, both this season. New Orleans won 34-13 on September 24th, 2017. Then, they won 31-21 on December 3rd, 2017.

Carolina has not won in this series since November 17th, 2016 when they won 23-20.

In the past 10 games, each team has won five times. However, the Saints winning back-to-back games in this rivalry is the first since 2015 when the Panthers won both games that season.

Carolina lost its last regular season game 22-10 over the Atlanta Falcons on New Year’s Eve. They have not won a game since a 22-19 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Christmas Eve.

New Orleans also lost its last regular season game, as they lost 31-24 to the Buccaneers on New Year’s Eve. They have not won a game since defeating the Falcons, 23-13, on Christmas Eve.

Carolina is averaging 22.7 points per game. New Orleans is averaging 28.0 points per game.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has gone 291 of 492 for 3,302 passing yards. He also has 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

Newton also leads the running backs with 139 carries for 754 rushing yards. He also has an additional six touchdowns.

Devin Funchess leads the receivers with 63 receptions for 840 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees has gone 386 of 536 for 4,334 passing yards. He has 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Mark Ingram led the running backs with 230 carries for 1,124 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Michael Thomas led the receivers with 104 receptions for 1,245 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

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