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"We put it on our defense and we responded the way we were supposed to".

"It's night and day", Brees said.

Anderson entered the game, threw an incomplete pass and the Panthers punted. Now they're on to the divisional round of the NFC playoffs after holding off Carolina (11-6), 31-26 on Sunday.

The first in that stretch might have been the biggest, a strike to Ginn that went for an 80-yard touchdown two plays after Carolina failed to convert on a 25-yard field goal attempt. Only two of his completions went to Ingram or Kamara, who accounted for only 68 yards from scrimmage combined. "We trust each other".

"It's been a blessing, today was a blessing for us", said Ginn, "You know we put all the hard work into this week we knew what we was getting ourselves into".

Brees, who turns 39 next week, will be hoping to lead his team to a better result than they managed in week 1. And he battled dropped passes for much of his career, while bouncing around from Miami to San Francisco to Carolina to Arizona, back to Carolina, and now to New Orleans.

Kelce led the Chiefs this season in receptions with 83, had a team-high eight touchdown catches and was second on the team in receiving yards.

For the Panthers, it was an excruciating end to the season.

It was a nail-biter to the end, but Saints fans erupted when it was over, and the Black and Gold came out on top.

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- Vonn Bell, Saints, had nine total tackles and the victory-sealing sack of Cam Newton in New Orleans' victory. We've got talented guys on this team at receiver, at running back and on the line.

'I just have to be better.

Sunday, the Carolina Panthers made a mockery of the concussion protocol - yes, that newly toughened concussion protocol that was rolled out less than a month ago following the last incident to expose it as a farce, I might add.

The Panthers' handling Sunday of Newton's injury drew criticism by Chris Nowinski, the founding CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation. Newton initially escaped the tackle, but that opened the door for defensive tackle David Onyemata to finish him off with force.

An incompletion, an intentional-grounding penalty, another incompletion and a sack ended the Panthers' final possession.

"Without a doubt, they (defense) was like a wall", he said. "We've clearly turned the corner. We've got expectations. Again, I've been saying it all year: We've got loftier goals".

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. Olsen caught seven passes for 104 yards and a TD.

ROAD WOES: While the Saints won their sixth straight home playoff game and improved to 5-0 in the Superdome in postseason games under coach Sean Payton, they've won only one road playoff game in their history.

But in the wild card round against the Carolina Panthers in the playoffs, there were the Saints, averaging fewer than two yards per carry, rushing for just 41 yards, and giving up 350 yards through the air against a beleaguered Panther receiver corps. Since then, the Saints have altered the way they use Kamara, a favorite for National Football League offensive rookie of the year.

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