The Saints feature as explosive an offense as there is in the league. The Panthers, on the other hand, have a ferocious, hard-hitting defense that has led it’s team to eight straight wins, not to mention a young quarterback in Cam Newton whose stock has never been higher.
The Saints have one ultimate advantage however, home field. The Saints simply do not lose very often at the Super Dome; they are 6-0 there this season. In Drew Brees‘ last 10 prime time night games, he is 10-0 with 33 touchdown passes and nine interceptions.
While these are astounding numbers, they are a totally different team at home. While Brees struggles on the road at times, he is nearly untouchable in the confines of the dome. For as great as the Panthers have been this season, it is going to be an overwhelming task to go into New Orleans and win.
However, they may have to. The Saints own the tie breaker due to having a stronger record in the conference, and they have a relatively soft schedule remaining. A split with the Saints may not do if the Panthers want to de-throne them in the NFC South.
Regardless, even if the Panthers are one of the two wild cards, their game translates well to playoff road football. They run the rock, play defense, and are capable of making big plays in the passing game.
They won’t be an easy out for anyone; ditto for the Saints. This is a clash of two NFC power houses. You don’t want to miss this.