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08 January, 2018, 03:43 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Linebacker Shaq Thompson and the rest of the Panthers defense are looking for some redemption against the Saints in their third meeting this season

Lattimore, who recently became the youngest Pro Bowler in National Football League history, will line up across from wide receiver Devin Funchess on Sunday.

"He's a solid guy", Funchess said. And obviously, you don't just look at the games you played them. He's a (former) Pro Bowler.

The opposite sideline will feature Olsen.

In the Panthers' previous seven trips to the postseason, the team has never entered the wild card round - or divisional round - having lost its regular season finale.

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Devonta Freeman scored on a 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and led the Falcons' ground game with 66 yards. For a guy who had his size, he had exceptional ability to put his foot in the ground and accelerate out.

Cam Newton rolled up to his weekly press conference, brow furrowed, and spoke of added focus. Despite recently breaking the Saints' franchise record for receptions in a season, Thomas flies under the radar. And that's what I talked to CB Daryl Worley about in this interview. "Gregg's a pass-catching threat, a good route runner, got good hands". Usually when it's in his radius, he catches it. "We're good. We're going to get up for this game for sure". Carolina had also contained the Saints' dynamic rushing attack, holding running back tandem Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara to a combined 14 rushing yards by halftime.

"But in these games, there are always wrinkles on both sides that you always try to prepare for, or at least have the ability to make adjustments on the run when you need to", he said.

The Panthers were without tight end Greg Olsen in both their losses to the Saints, but will have him healthy for Sunday's playoff matchup.

History isn't in the Panthers favor, though.

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Defensive tackle Chris Jones, arguably the Chiefs' most disruptive lineman, limped out of the game with a knee injury. On the Chiefs' ensuring drive, tight end Travis Kelce appeared to lose the ball on a hit by Johnathan Cyprien .

Payton, who is 6-4 in the playoffs as Saints coach, is trying to maintain a fresh approach as well. Now in his seventh season with the Panthers, Rivera has proven to be a dependable leader whose three division titles and four playoff appearances would be the envy of many of his peers. They've got that part covered, by the looks of it. "It's an awesome opportunity".

The Saints scored on their ensuing possession, and Newton returned to the game with the Panthers trailing 31-19 with 5:08 remaining. Newton has averaged 12.5 carries for 59.7 yards per game in Carolina's past four games. Few players are capable of discouraging defenses like Newton, who is just as happy trucking over a safety, outrunning a cornerback in the open field, or lofting a deep ball to a wide-open tight end after forcing teams to play eight in the box.

"We have to go a better job of capitalizing on turnovers", Kalil said.

"We start this time of year, and everyone is starting from scratch", he said. "The defense has come up huge for us making momentum-changing plays, and then to go three-and-out is not OK".

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