Panthers set to take on the New Orleans Saints

Panthers set to take on the New Orleans Saints

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) passes as New Orleans Saints defensive back Jonathon Amaya, right, rushes during the second quarter of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. The Saints won 45-17. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

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by DOUG KUFNER / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on December 7, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 8 at 10:56 AM

NEW ORLEANS, L.A. - First place in the NFC South is up for grabs Sunday night when the Carolina Panthers take on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football on NBC.

The Panthers are currently riding a franchise best eight game winning streak heading into week 14 of the NFL season and are 10-8 all time in the Superdome. That record includes a 44-38 win in New Orleans to close out the 2012 season.  Carolina is coming off a 27-6 victory over Tampa Bay back in week 13 last Sunday at Bank of America Stadium.

New Orleans, meanwhile, struggled on the road, losing to Seattle on Monday night football by a 34-7 tally. Keep in mind, Saints quarterback Drew Brees has shined at home when the lights are the brightest. Brees is 10-0 in home prime-time games the past four years, throwing 33 touchdowns to only four interceptions. The Saints are winning those games by an average of 21.3 points a game.

The Panthers will also have to find a way to tune out all that white noise in the Superdome. Wide receiver Steve Smith told NBC Charlotte earlier this week, it could be a factor.  Smith said, "It's as loud as their winning, if they're getting beat at home it sounds as quiet as a Sunday church sermon."

Carolina can go a long way towards winning the NFC South and potentially earning a first round home game and playoff bye with a win.  Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams and defensive end Charles Johnson are expected to play Sunday night.

You can watch the game right here on NBC Charlotte. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. Don't forget to tune in at 6:00 p.m. for a one hour special -- "Panthers Push for the Playoffs." It'll feature in depth player interviews, analysis and live reports from New Orleans.  

 

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