Panthers vs. Saints Week 17 Match-Up Capsule

CAROLINA PANTHERS (6-9) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (12-3)

SERIES

PANTHERS

SAINTS

SERIES LEADER

17-16

STREAKS

4 of past 5

COACHES VS. OPP.

Rivera: 0-1

Payton: 5-6

LAST WEEK

W 48-16 vs. Buccaneers

W 45-16 vs. Falcons

LAST GAME

10/9/11: Saints 30 at Panthers 27. New Orleans RB Pierre Thomas catches game-winning 6-yard TD pass from QB Drew Brees with 50 seconds remaining in road victory.

LAST GAME AT SITE

10/3/10: Saints 16, Panthers 14. New Orleans K John Carney converts 3 FGs, including game-winning 25-yarder with just under 4 minutes remaining.

BROADCAST

FOX (12:00 PM CT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (Car.), 125 (NO). XM: 229 (NO).

STATS

PASSING

Newton (R): 295-492-3,893-20-16-85.0

Brees: 440-622-5,087 (1L)-41 (2L)-13-108.4 (2L)

RUSHING

D. Williams: 148-783-5.3-7

Sproles: 81-563-7.0-2

RECEIVING

S. Smith: 73-1,308 (3C)-17.9-6

Graham (TE): 91 (3L)-1,213-13.3-10 (3C)

OFFENSE

395.7 (3C)

457.1 (1L)

TAKE/GIVE

+2

-4

DEFENSE

361.7

372.9

SACKS

Johnson: 9

Harper: 7.5

INTs

Gamble, Martin: 3

P. Robinson: 3

PUNTING

Baker: 42.5

Morstead: 48.0 (2C)

KICKING

Mare: 105 (42/43 PAT; 21/27 FG)

Kasay: 138 (2L) (57/57 PAT; 27/33 FG)

NOTES

PANTHERS:

  • QB CAM NEWTON has 34 total TDs (20 pass, 14 rush), most by rookie in NFL history. His 14 rush TDs most ever in season by QB. Has 3,893 pass yards, most by rookie. In last meeting, had 2 pass TDs & rush TD. Has pass TD & rush TD in 8 games, tied for most in season in NFL history
  • In past 4 meetings, RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS has rushed for 528 yards (132 per game) & 4 TDs. Is averaging 45.3 yards per rush TD in those 4. Has 4 rush TDs in past 3.
  • RB JONATHAN STEWART had 55-yard rec. TD in last game at NO, longest career catch. Has career-high 45 catches & 406 yard
  • WR STEVE SMITH is 3rd in NFC with 1,308 rec. yards & needs 92 to reach 1,400 for 3rd time. Leads NFL with 27 catches of 20+ yards. Had 54-yard TD in last meeting.
  • WR BRANDON LA FELL had career-long 91-yard TD catch last week & 103 yards, 1st career 100-yard game. TE GREG OLSEN had TD catch in last game vs. NO
  • DE CHARLES JOHNSON has 17 sacks in past 22. Needs 1 sack to reach 10 for 2nd season in row

SAINTS:

  • Have won 7 in row. Have team-record 6,857 total net yards
  • QB DREW BREES has NFL-record 5,087 pass yards & passed HOFer DAN MARINO (5,084). Has 12 300-yard pass games, most in season, incl. 6 in row, tied for most all-time. Has 20+ comp. in NFL-record 35 games in row. Has TD pass in 42 consecutive games, 2nd-longest streak in NFL history
  • RB-PR-KR DARREN SPROLES is 1st player in NFL history with 1,200+ scrimmage yards (1,244) & 1,200+ KR-PR yards (1,284).
  • RB PIERRE THOMAS aims for 3rd in row vs. Car. with TD
  • TE JIMMY GRAHAM leads NFL TEs with 91 receptions & is 2nd with 1,213 yards. Can become 1st TE in NFL history with 95+ catches, 1,200+ yards & 10+ TDs in season. Graham (91) & Sproles (81) are 1st TE-RB duo in NFL history with 80+ catches each.
  • WR LANCE MOORE has 5 TDs in past 5.
  • WR MARQUES COLSTON has 998 yards & needs 2 to reach 1,000 for team-record 5th season
  • Since entering NFL in 2006, S ROMAN HARPER has 17 sacks, most by DB. Has 7.5 sacks & needs 1 for most by DB in season. Harper has also been voted 'Biggest Douche in the NFL' by Panther fans [I made that part up]

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