Drew Brees passed for 376 yards and two scores, and the New Orleans Saints held off the Carolina Panthers’ late comeback bid to seal a 31-26 victory in their NFC wild-card game on Sunday. The Panthers had a first down on the Saints 26-yard line with 58 seconds left, but heavy pressure by All-Pro defensive end Cameron Jordan a couple plays later induced an intentional grounding penalty on Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, making it third-and-25 on the Saints 34 and a required 10-second
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton proved the Carolina Panthers can win in multiple ways. After dominating opposing teams on the ground with three straight 200-yard rushing games at home, the Panthers turned to their 28th-ranked passing game on Sunday and took a big step toward reaching the postseason. Newton threw for 242 yards and four touchdowns, and the Panthers spoiled Aaron Rodgers’ return from a broken collarbone with a 31-24 win over the Green Bay Packers. Damiere Byrd
Noon today at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. TV: Fox (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman). Radio: WBIZ (100.7-FM, 98.7-FM, 1400-AM). Line: Panthers by 3. Over/under: 47. Record against spread: Green Bay 7-6, Carolina 8-5. Series record: Packers lead 9-5. Last meeting: Panthers beat Packers 37-29 on Nov. 8, 2015. Last week: Packers beat Browns 27-21; Panthers beat Vikings 31-24. AP Pro32 ranking: Packers No. 15, Panthers No. 7. Packers offense (NFL rankings): Overall 25, rush 17, pass 24.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Green Bay Packers are hoping the return of Aaron Rodgers can propel them into the postseason. But the Packers (7-6) are going to need plenty of help aside from the two-time NFL Most Valuable Player’s return, as they remain on the outside looking in at the NFC playoff race entering today’s game against the Carolina Panthers. Green Bay is three games behind Minnesota with three games remaining, so winning the NFC North is considered a long shot. The
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton delivered the body blow and Jonathan Stewart provided the knockout punch for Carolina. Newton’s 62-yard run set up Stewart’s 1-yard touchdown leap — his third TD run of the day — with 1:47 remaining to lift the Panthers to a 31-24 victory Sunday, snapping the Minnesota Vikings’ eight-game win streak. Stewart accounted for 103 of Carolina’s 216 yards rushing — including a 60-yard touchdown burst in the first
Noon today at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. TV: CBS (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo). Radio: WMEQ (106.3-FM, 880-AM). Line: Vikings by 2½. Over/under: 40½. Record against spread: Minnesota 9-4, Carolina 8-4. Series record: Vikings lead 8-5. Last meeting: Vikings beat Panthers 22-10 on Sept. 25, 2016. Last week: Vikings beat Falcons 14-9; Panthers lost to Saints 31-21. AP Pro32 rankings: Vikings No. 2, Panthers No. 8. Vikings offense (NFL rankings): Overall 5, rush 6, pass