Saints' free-agent hit Ted Ginn Jr. shows Panthers 'what they missed'

Saints' free-agent hit Ted Ginn Jr. shows Panthers 'what they missed'

"We trust each other and what we proved is we can beat you in a lot of different ways", Brees said. Thomas said when he noticed the Panthers playing with one safety deep instead of their usual two, "you're licking your chops with a quarterback like Drew Brees and the talent we have".

First emerge the anticipation and athleticism to bounce outside of the edge pressure, and then the ability to make a perfectly accurate throw on the run to lead Thomas to the sideline and up the field. The Panthers' following of the NFL's updated concussion protocol following a fourth quarter hit to Newton's head was questionable enough that the league is getting involved. It was my eye. My helmet came down low enough over my eyelid and got pressed by the player's stomach, I believe. The latest version of the NFL's concussion policy dictates that a player who shows trouble staying on his feet must have an evaluation in the locker room, and Newton never left the field on Sunday. He missed one offensive play and was cleared to return.

Immediately after the game, which ended the Panthers' season, Newton and coach Ron Rivera maintained that Newton had been poked in the eye.

"He took a knee because they told him to take a knee so we could get the official timeout and Derek [Anderson] could warm up, " Hurney said when explaining why Newton went to the ground while coming off the field. "I mean, he's gone with the grandma hat and the onesie". But it will give the Saints (11-5 in the regular season) a chance to redeem themselves after they started this season with an ugly 29-19 loss in Week 1 in the same U.S. Bank Stadium.

The NFL confirmed after the game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome that it was investigating the Panthers' treatment of Newton.

A heck of a play that allowed the Saints to defeat the Panthers for the third time this season, marching on to the NFC Divisional Playoff Game.

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Even before Brees's vintage performance, Payton had made it a throwback weekend by having members of the Saints' Super Bowl-winning team from the 2009 season on hand. At that point, Adrian Peterson was still their starting tailback; since an early-season trade sent him to Arizona, tailbacks Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram have become the first running back duo to each top 1,500 yards from scrimmage in a single season. "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".

Newton didn't blink. He led a touchdown drive that took just 59 seconds, powered by a 56-yard catch and run by Christian McCaffrey. In 2012, the league ruled there was a system in place that paid Saints players bonuses for injuring opposing players.

Just as Carolina's comeback gained momentum, it looked like the Panthers might lose their leader.

Rivera didn't agree with the penalty.

"I knew it, I had confidence in them", said this woman. That's tough. That's a tough one to handle. "I think you saw (Sunday) night, the tight end down the seam, and the (Panthers defender) was pretty locked up and (Brees) threw a back-shoulder to him perfectly". "I thought there was a receiver (Devin Funchess) in the vicinity".

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