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Saints-Panthers Preview: Streaks, Stats, & Notes On Second Match Up

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NEW ORLEANS (10-4) at CAROLINA (10-4) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox OPENING LINE — Panthers by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD — New Orleans 7-6-1, Carolina 8-5-1

SERIES RECORD — Panthers lead 19-18

LAST MEETING — Saints beat Panthers 31-13, Dec. 8, 2013

LAST WEEK — Saints lost to Rams 27-16; Panthers beat Jets 30-20

AP PRO32 RANKING — Saints No. 7, Panthers No. 5

SAINTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (5), RUSH (26), PASS (2)

SAINTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (5), RUSH (21), PASS (3)

PANTHERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (25), RUSH (8), PASS (28)

PANTHERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (2), RUSH (2), PASS (5)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Saints clinch NFC South with win. … Saints are 3-4 on road. … QB Drew Brees has 1,423 yards passing and 14 TDs in past four games against Carolina. … Brees has QB rating of 101.1 on third downs in 2013 with 10 TDs and four INTs. … RB Pierre Thomas had 110 yards rushing in last game vs. Panthers. …. Since 2011, Darren Sproles leads all RBs with 227 receptions. …TE Jimmy Graham has scored in four straight games against Carolina. … WR Marques Colston has six TDs in past four games against Carolina. … DE Cameron Jordan has 11 1-2 sacks in last 13 games and four sacks in past four games vs. Carolina. … LB Junior Galette had three sacks in last game against Carolina. … Panthers can clinch first playoff berth since 2008 with win. … Panthers have won nine of last 10 games, outscoring opponents 254-150. … … Panthers have won six straight games at home. … QB Cam Newton has 28 touchdowns rushing since 2011, third most in NFL behind RBs Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch… RB DeAngelo Williams has 912 yards rushing and seven TDs in last eight games vs. Saints. … FB Mike Tolbert has four TDs in last three games vs. Saints. … TE Greg Olsen has caught at least five passes in five straight games. … WR Steve Smith has caught pass in 105 straight games. … Panthers are first in league in time of possession. … Panthers have three defensive TDs, tying franchise record. … CB Captain Munnerlyn has four interception returns for TDs in last two seasons, most in NFL. … Since entering NFL in 2012, LB Luke Kuechly leads league in tackles with 286. … S Mike Mitchell has four INTs, 2 1-2 sacks and two forced fumbles.

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