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Week 17 Game Preview: Panthers at Saints

Terrace Marshall

Game Reset

  • Carolina Panthers (5-9) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-4)
  • Bank of America Stadium | Charlotte, N.C.
  • Sunday, Dec. 26 | 1 p.m. ET | FOX
  • Roster | Depth Chart

History: Panthers vs. Saints

  • Carolina is 26-28 all-time against the Saints, playing New Orleans more than any other opponent in franchise history.
  • Carolina has not swept the Saints in a season since 2015
  • Current Streak: Panthers W1
  • Last matchup: Carolina won in Week 2, 26-7
Table inside Article
Category Carolina New Orleans
Total Yards/Game 305.7 (28th) 301.9 (31st)
Rushing Yards/Game 109.6 (19th) 114.9 (15th)
Net Passing Yards/Game 196.1 (29th) 187.0 (31st)
Sacks Allowed 43 (t-26th) 34 (17th)
Third Down Efficiency 35.7 (27th) 34.0 (30th)
Points/Game 18.5 (26th) 21.1 (t-17th)
Total Yards/Game 300.8 (2nd) 331.7 (12th)
Rushing Yards/Game 118.5 (21st) 95.9 (5th)
Passing Yards/Game 182.3 (2nd) 235.7 (17th)
Sacks 36 (t-13th) 36 (t-13th)
Third Down Efficiency 37.8 (10th) 37.0 (7th)
Takeaways 16 (t-23rd) 20 (t-13th)
Points Allowed/Game 23.0 (19th) 20.3 (4th)

Stat Nuggets To Know


  • Carolina has not allowed a TD on the opponent's first drive in any game this season, the only team in the league with that distinction. The last time a team went a whole season without allowing an opening drive TD was the 2016 Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • In the first quarter, Carolina has a +45 scoring margin, third-best in the NFL. The previous-best first quarter scoring margin was +39 in 2006.
  • Carolina has allowed 27+ points in each of the last five games, after only allowing that twice in the first 10 games of the season.


  • Sam Darnold is slated to start for the first time since Week 9. His 305-yard performance against New Orleans in Week 2 was one of the best of his time in Carolina
  • Since Week 10, Cam Newton's five rushing touchdowns are tied for fourth-most in the NFL.
  • Jeremy Chinn currently leads the Panthers with 103 tackles. His 219 career tackles are the most of any player from the 2020 draft class.

The Panthers trail the all-time series against the Saints, 27-29. Carolina has played New Orleans more than any other team in its history.