NEW ORLEANS (AP)Saints All-Pro defensive end Cam

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NEW ORLEANS (AP)Saints All-Pro defensive end Cam

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eron Jordan grinned playfully as he glanced up at a bottle of red wine in the top shelf of his locker and asked if anyone knew Carolina quarterback Cam Newton’s address. A bottle with the name ”Jordan” on the label – even if it isn’t made by the Saints star’s family – might be the last thing Newton wants right now. Drew Brees and his receiving corps came through when Carolina stifled New Orleans’ prolific backfield Blue Taylor Moton Jersey , and a relentless Jordan spearheaded a late defensive stand to seal a 31-26 an NFC wild-card round victory on Sunday.Article continues below ... ”You can’t be more happy about the way we played in terms of how we finished the game,” Jordan said. ”We almost let them back in the game, but here I am standing as winner. Here I am, as a Cam Jordan, sending Cam Newton a bottle of Jordan wine.” Brees passed for 376 yards and two touchdowns, but one more completion would have considerably lowered the stress level on the Saints’ sideline. Coach Sean Payton kept the offense on the field on fourth-and-short with two minutes remaining and Carolina out of timeouts, hoping for one more first down that would have allowed New Orleans to run out the clock. But Brees couldn’t find an open receiver, was flushed out of the pocket and decided his best option was to throw it up for grabs. It was intercepted by safety Mike Adams, which turned out better for New Orleans than an incompletion because it meant the Panthers had to start from their own 31 instead of mid-field. Still, Newton completed three straight passes to move the Panthers to the Saints 26-yard line with 58 seconds left before New Orleans’ resistance stiffened. ”I’m frustrated,” Newton said. ”I hate that I couldn’t do enough to get a win today for a lot of guys that I think so highly of. ”I just have to be better Taylor Moton Jersey 2019 ,” he added. ”I’m not going to take the cowardly way and point somebody else out.” The comeback bid began to fizzle when Jordan induced an intentional grounding penalty on Newton, making it third-and-25 on the Saints 34 and a requiring 10-second runoff that left 20 seconds on the clock. After an incompletion in the end zone, Vonn Bell sacked Newton on a safety blitz , ensuring the Saints (12-5) swept all three meetings with Carolina (11-6) this season, in addition to winning the first postseason game they’ve played in four seasons. ”The coaches wanted to get the ball out of the quarterback’s hands fast,” Bell said. ”They dialed it up and I said, `Go make a play.”’ Brees’ touchdowns went for 80-yards to Ted Ginn and 9 yards to tight end Josh Hill. Fullback Zach line and running back Alvin Kamara each ran for short touchdowns, the latter set up by Michael Thomas’ 46-yard reception . ”What we’ve shown offensively is we have a lot of ways to be effective,” Brees said, mentioning clutch first-down catches by Brandon Coleman and Willie Snead in addition to the big plays by Ginn and Thomas. ”The ball was spread around quite a bit and guys were making plays when they had the chances.” Thomas caught eight passes for 131 yards on a day when the Saints needed the passing game to compensate for a ground game that struggled to get going. Thomas said when he noticed the Panthers playing with one safety deep instead of their usual two, ”you’re licking your chops with a quarterback like Drew Brees and the talent we have. We knew what we had to do and it was on the receivers.” Ginn youth Luke Kuechly Jersey , a former Panthers receiver, celebrated the sweep of his former team by holding up a broom in the locker room. MISSED OPPORTUNITIES Helped by the presence of tight end Greg Olsen – who did not play in the teams’ previous two meetings – Newton marched Carolina into Saints territory more often than not. But the Panthers stalled four times inside the New Orleans 25 in the first three quarters. They settled for four field goal attempts on those drives, one of which kicker Graham Gano surprisingly missed from 25-yards. Jordan called the Saints’ red-zone stops ”huge.” ”Had half of those been touchdowns, we’d be sitting in a different spot,” Jordan said. KEY STATS Olsen had eight catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. Newton finished 24 of 40 passing for 349 yards and two touchdowns, including a 56-yard scoring strike to Christian McCaffrey that pulled the Panthers within a touchdown with 4:09 left. Saints running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, who combined for more than 3,000 yards from scrimmage this season, were held to 68 total yards. RUSHING THE PASSSER Newton was sacked four times, once each by Bell, Jordan Stitched Luke Kuechly Jersey , Jonathan Freeney, and David Onyemata. The sack by Onyemata came as Newton tried to spin away from Tyeler Davison and slammed his head into Onyemata’s chest. Newton appeared to be checked for a concussion, but missed only one play before returning to the game on Carolina’s next possession Newton sat on the field near the sideline after the play, and while a new NFL rule calls for players to be taken to the locker room to be evaluated for concussions if they appear to be struggling to stand, Newton said part of his helmet got pushed into his eyelid. Panthers coach Ron Rivera offered a similar explanation and added that Newton only sat down to give backup Derek Anderson more time to warm up. The NFL said it planned to discuss the matter with the Panthers medical staff before commenting further. INJURIES Panthers: Cornerback Daryl Worley briefly was placed in the concussion protocol but also cleared to return during the game. Saints: Starting left guard Andrus Peat was carted off the field with a broken left fibula. UP NEXT Panthers: Begin the offseason after their fourth trip to the playoffs in five years lasted on game. Saints: Move on to play at Minnesota in the NFC Divisional playoffs. — Matchup of the Week: Donte Jackson vs. Tyler LocketteThe Panthers defense simply cannot seem to stop big plays in 2018, despite arguably having the most talented starting group of cornerbacks to take the field for them in a long time. Donte Jackson has quietly shined for this defense, nabbing four interceptions and generally showing he can step up against starting wide receivers in the NFL. However, he faces a tough test against of of the best speed threats in the league today. With James Bradberry likely to draw Doug Baldwin (if he plays) Sunday, Jackson should see his share of Lockette. Lockette currently has 7 touchdowns, and has finally seemed to step into the role he was drafted for. I expect the team to play a little more man this week after teams have shredded their zone defense, and hopefully take some pressure off an underproductive starting line.Dontari Poe vs. Justin BrittPoe seems to be one of the bigger issues for the defensive line Youth Bruce Irvin Jersey , as they’ve struggled to stop the run in recent weeks. This week, they face a team that WILL commit to running the football, and they could easily pop off 150 yards rushing if this defense can’t figure itself out. Teams are attacking the linebackers when they run the ball, and the defensive line hasn’t been able to clean up for it. That starts up front. If Poe can finally make an impact and control the line of scrimmage, the defensive line could see a bounceback game they desperately need.D.J. Moore vs. Shaquill GriffinMoore had a breakout Sunday against the Lions, catching 7 receptions for 157 yards and the clutch touchdown that put the Panthers in position to win. Between his production over the last several weeks, Torrey Smith returning from a knee injury, and Devin Funchess’ status in doubt, he should see a healthy share of snaps on Sunday. Shaquill Griffin figures to be the one seeing him the most, and the Panthers will need his explosive talent to score points and move the chains. I personally hope to see both Moore and Curtis Samuel take the field at the same time as often as possible, but Moore being a major factor is basically a sure thing. Moore is playing up to his first round pedigree Stitched Bruce Irvin Jersey , and should draw the Seahawks best corner often.Chris Clark vs. Frank Clark/Quinton JeffersonWhile the Panthers offensive line has been a pleasant surprise this season, Chris Clark easily takes the field as the weak link, and team’s have figured that out. I’m not here saying I expect Clark to suddenly be better, but I know the Panthers need to do something to help him. These Seahawks edge rushers will eat him alive as this Seattle coaching staff knows exactly how to get after Cam Newton. Clark cannot be a weak link for this offense to score points, as they will surely need to.Who are you watching, Panthers fans?

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