Saints vs. Panthers Preview and Matchup History

Wesley Hitt

A detailed look at the history between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers, as well as some standout individual performances by players from both teams before their crucial Sunday matchup in Bank of America Stadium.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (10-4) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (10-4)

SERIES

SAINTS

PANTHERS

SERIES LEADER

19-18

STREAKS

5 of past 7

COACHES VS. OPP.

Payton: 7-6

Rivera: 2-3

LAST WEEK

L 27-16 at Rams

W 30-20 vs. Jets

LAST GAME

12/8/13: Panthers 13 at Saints 31. New Orleans QB Drew Brees throws for 313 yards & 4 TDs. Saints WR Marques Colston catches 9 passes for 125 yards & 2 TDs.

LAST GAME AT SITE

9/16/12: Panthers 35, Saints 27. Carolina QB Cam Newton throws TD pass & rushes for 71 yards & TD. Panthers RBs DeAngelo Williams & Mike Tolbert each rush for TD.

BROADCAST

FOX (1:00 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Rod Woodson. SIRIUS: 135 (NO), 93 (Car.). XM: 226 (Car.).

STATS

PASSING

Brees: 392-575-4,500 (1C)-34 (1C)-10-104.0

Newton: 264-424-3,049-21-11-89.6

RUSHING

Thomas: 136-521-3.8-1

D. Williams: 179-743-4.2-2

RECEIVING

Graham (TE): 76-1,071-14.1-14 (1L)

Olsen (TE): 63-739-11.7-5

OFFENSE

397.0

326.0

TAKE/GIVE

0

+11 (T3L)

DEFENSE

312.8

296.3 (2L)

SACKS

Jordan: 11.5 (T2C)

Johnson: 9

INTs

Lewis: 3

Mitchell: 4

PUNTING

Morstead: 47.2

Nortman: 47.3 (T2C)

KICKING

Hartley: 107 (41/41 PAT; 22/30 FG)

Gano: 106 (37/37 PAT; 23/26 FG)

SAINTS

The team will clinch the NFC South with a win.

In the past four games vs. Carolina, QB DREW BREES has passed for 1,423 yards (355.8 per game), 14 TDs and 113.1 rating. He has 50,419 pass yards, 1 of 5 in NFL history with 50,000. He has 4,500 yards, his 8th consecutive 4,000-yard season. He has 34 TDs, his 6th 30-TD season in row. Since joining NO in 2006, Brees leads the NFL with 38,071 pass yards and 278 TDs.

In his last game at Carolina, RB PIERRE THOMAS rushed for 110 yards (12.2 avg).

Since 2011, RB DARREN SPROLES leads NFL RBs with 227 catches, 1,933 reception yards and 16 reception TDs.

TE JIMMY GRAHAM has six 100-yard games, tied for most ever in a season by a TE. He has 5 TDs in the past four games vs. Carolina and aims for 5th in row with a TD. Since 2011 (including playoffs), Graham leads NFL TEs with 272 catches, 3,521 yards and 37 TDs.

WR MARQUES COLSTON has 6 TDs in past the four meetings against the Panthers. Had 9 catches for 125 yards and 2 TDs in Week 14.

DE CAMERON JORDAN has 11.5 sacks in the past 13 games. He has 4 sacks in the past four games vs. Carolina.

LB JUNIOR GALETTE had a career-high 3 sacks in Week 14.

PANTHERS

QB CAM NEWTON is the only player with 50+ pass (61) and 25+ rush (28) TDs in his first three NFL seasons.

In the past eight games vs. NO, RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS has rushed for 912 yards (114 per game) and 7 TDs. Williams had 87 receptions and 81 rush yards last week, the first Panther with 80+ rush and receiving yards in a game.

RB MIKE TOLBERT has 4 TDs in the past three games vs. NO. He has 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 receiving) in past 10 games.

WR STEVE SMITH has 1,449 receiving yards and 10 receiving TDs vs. NO, his most vs. any opponent.

WR BRANDON LA FELL has 13 career receiving TDs and averages 27.1 yards per TD (352 yards).

TE GREG OLSEN aims for his 6th game in a row with 5+ catches.

CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN had 2 sacks and a pick-six last week. He has 4 pick-sixes since 2012, most in the NFL.

DE GREG HARDY has 17 sacks in the past 23 games.

Since entering NFL in 2012, LB LUKE KUECHLY leads the NFL with 286 tackles.

LB THOMAS DAVIS is 2nd on the team with 103 tackles (Kuechly, 122).

Since 2010, DE CHARLES JOHNSON is one of two players in the NFC with 40+ sacks (42) and 10+ forced fumbles (10).

S MIKE MITCHELL is one of two players in the NFL with 4+ INTs (4), 2+ sacks (2.5) and 2+ forced fumbles (2).

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