(WVUE) - Welcome in to Juan's World and I ask you...Who Dat Say they gone beat dem Saints? That's the question that Panthers Safety Mike Adams asked a reporter during an interview. But, if he knew then what he knows now..his smile would've been turned upside down because his Panthers were not the answer to his own question.
What a statement win for the Saints and you could argue that today's win was more important than the first time they beat Carolina back in week three. Back in September, the Saints were just trying to get their first win of the season against an undefeated Carolina team. They knocked them off then and today, they put up a stop sign on the Panthers recent surge. They'd won four in a row and were ready to take over the top spot in the division.
Well, that's not gonna happen because we all saw which was the better team on Sunday. The Saints did what many believed would be impossible. They ran the ball down the Panthers throats. Carolina was 2nd in the league at stopping the run and they couldn't stop the Saints. It was like week three all over again.
They got pressure on Drew Brees but not nearly enough as his throws were sharper than the week prior against L.A.
And the Saints defense made an already pedestrian Panthers offense look even more pedestrian, limiting them to just 279-total offensive yards and 21-points.
The Saints obviously came into this game with a plan on how they wanted to beat the Panthers and it seems that they stuck to their plan. Solid offense, stingy defense and create turnovers. All of that happened in the dome on Sunday.
Now the hard part. Bottle this performance and take it to Atlanta on Thursday. And if that's too much to ask, just duplicate it twice more in the dome and a playoff birth will be theirs.
The magical ride, that kinda feels like 2009 all over again, continues. Who Dat!!!
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