NFL, NFLPA to review how Panthers handled hit on Cam Newton

Ross Houston
January 12, 2018

The Saints are also the first team to beat an opponent three times in the same season since the 2009 Dallas Cowboys did it against Philadelphia.

This time around, refs on hand appeared to fail on at least three instances just in the final two minutes of a 31-26 New Orleans Saints victory over the Carolina Panthers in the wild-card round. "We just tried to go out and execute and it wasn't as easy as we wanted it to be but great plays came out of this situation and we just get ready for next week". We have been telling you that he is the best quarterback in the league. "You can't be more happy with how we. finished the game", said Jordan, who had a sack and two pass defenses earlier in the game after hitting double digits in both departments this season.

And, to a large extent, those storylines, as far as they went, were spun rightfully so. Latavius Murray led the Nikes in rushing with 842 yards and 8 touchdowns, while Jerick McKinnon helped provide a nice 1-2 punch with 570 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. But the Saints won the most important game between the teams on January 24, 2010, at the Superdome and two weeks later beat Indianapolis 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV.

Newton spent time on the ground after the hit.

The first part of the plan worked incredibly well. The Titans (10-7) earned their first playoff victory in 14 years when Marcus Mariota rallied Tennessee to a 22-21 win over Kansas City after trailing by 18 points at halftime.

As he has done ever since first donning the Saints' black-and-gold uniform in 2006, Brees threw for more than 4,000 yards this season, marking the 12 consecutive season he has reached that plateau. They settled for four field goal attempts on those drives, one of which kicker Graham Gano surprisingly missed from 25-yards.

And in the meat of Sunday's game, Brees was, well, Brees-like.

It was the second-longest postseason touchdown pass of Brees' career.

Brees said it made for a special reunion. "I thought maybe somebody stuck his finger in my eye".

Who had Ted Ginn Jr, Josh Hill, and Brandon Coleman catching 11 passes for 208 yards and two scores?

That win in the wildcard round has set up a divisional round game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Newton was slow to get up and then, as he jogged off the field, stopped and dropped to his knees. But his opposite number, Cam Newton, didn't enjoy the match as much as he'd hoped, even though they went into the game as slight favourites. "(There were) a lot of loaded fronts, defensively.

"That was huge", Brees said. Head coach Sean Payton ran onto the field to explain it to them, the officials who are paid to know the rules.

The spotters in the booth, the neurotrauma consultants, the physicians on the sidelines - all of them should come from an independent group with full, unassailable authority to make decisions on player health and safety.

Against the Vikings, Kamara had seven carries for 18 yards, Peterson six for 18 and Ingram six for 17. I get that "sustained vertical instability" is a mouthful, but "stumbling or falling to the ground" ought to clear that up.

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