Saints vs. Panthers Sunday Night Football Preview and Matchup History

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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 Sunday Night Football matchup on NBC at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

SUNDAY NIGHT

CAROLINA PANTHERS (9-3) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (9-3)

SERIES

PANTHERS

SAINTS

SERIES LEADER

19-17

STREAKS

Past 2

4 of past 6

COACHES VS. OPP.

Rivera: 2-2

Payton: 6-6

LAST WEEK

W 27-6 vs. Buccaneers

L 34-7 at Seattle

LAST GAME

12/30/12: Panthers 44 at Saints 38. Carolina RB Mike Tolbert tallies 3 1-yard TD runs. Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams gains 210 yards rushing, including 2 TD runs (54, 12).

LAST GAME AT SITE

12/30/12

BROADCAST

NBC (7:30 PM CT): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Tony Boselli (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 94 (WW1), 93 (Car.), 92 (NO). XM: 227 (WW1), 226 (Car.), 225 (NO).

STATS

PASSING

Newton: 226-366-2,616-19-11-88.1

Brees: 323-477-3,794 (3L)-29 (1C)-8-104.9

RUSHING

D. Williams: 151-610-4.0-2

Thomas: 121-486-4.0-1

RECEIVING

S. Smith: 54-632-11.7-3

Graham (TE): 68-988-14.5-12 (T1L)

OFFENSE

327.8

396.1

TAKE/GIVE

+10 (T3C)

+3

DEFENSE

289.8 (2L)

319.8

SACKS

Johnson: 8.5

Jordan: 9.5 (2C)

INTs

Mitchell: 4 (T3C)

Lewis: 3

PUNTING

Nortman: 47.5 (3C)

Morstead: 47.1

KICKING

Gano: 87 (33/33 PAT; 18/20 FG)

Hartley: 96 (36/36 PAT; 20/26 FG)

PANTHERS

Team has won a club-record eight games in row.

QB CAM NEWTON aims for his 3rd consecutive win vs. New Orleans. He is the only player with 50+ pass (59) and 25+ rush (28) TDs in his first three NFL seasons.

In past eight games vs. New Orleans, RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS has 8 TDs (7 rush, 1 receiving). In past seven meetings, he has rushed for 860 yards (122.9 per game) and 7 TDs. In last game vs. NO, rushed for 210 yards and 2 TDs.

RB MIKE TOLBERT rushed for a career-high three TDs in his last meeting. He had four rush TDs in two meetings last year.

WR STEVE SMITH has 100+ yards or a TD in 3 of his past 4 games vs. New Orleans.

WR BRANDON LA FELL had a TD last week.

TE GREG OLSEN has a TD in 4 of his past 6 games.

The Panthers lead the NFL in fewest points allowed (157).

DE GREG HARDY has 16 sacks in past 21 games.

Since entering the NFL in 2012, LB LUKE KUECHLY leads the league with 266 tackles.

Since 2010, DE CHARLES JOHNSON is one of two players in the NFC with 40+ sacks (41.5) and 10+ FFs (10). He had 2 sacks in his last meeting with the Saints.

S MIKE MITCHELL is the only player in the NFL with 4+ INTs (4), 2+ sacks (2.5) and 2+ FFs (2).

SAINTS

QB DREW BREES has completed 57 of 78 (73.1%) for 785 yards (392.5 per game) with 9 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 132.7 rating in the past two home games vs. Carolina. He is 6-0 at home in 2013, completing 175 of 238 (73.5%) for 2,141 yards with 19 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 122.2 rating.

In his last game vs. Carolina, RB PIERRE THOMAS rushed for 110 yards and averaged 12.2 yards per carry.

RB DARREN SPROLES aims for 4th game in a row vs. Carolina with 100+ receiving yards or a receiving TD. Since 2011, he leads NFL RBs with 216 catches, 1,872 receiving yards and 16 receiving TDs.

RB MARK INGRAM has a rushing TD in two of his three meetings vs. Panthers.

TE JIMMY GRAHAM has six 100-yard games, tied for most in a season by a TE in NFL history.  Since 2011 (including playoffs), leads NFL TEs with 261 catches and 3,396 yards. Tied for 1st with 35 TDs. He has a TD in four of the past five meetings.

In past two home meetings, WR MARQUES COLSTON has 12 catches for 197 yards (98.5 per game) and 4 TDs.

DE CAMERON JORDAN has 9.5 sacks in his past 11 games. He has a sack in two of the past three meetings vs. Carolina.

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