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Saints beat Panthers, confident about rematch with Vikings

12 January 2018

Blake Bortles' 88 yards rushing in Jacksonville's 10-3 win over Buffalo were the most by a Jaguars quarterback in a single game in franchise history - regular season or playoffs.

The story of the New Orleans Saints' surprisingly successful season was the long-awaited emergence of the roster around Drew Brees, after the star quarterback had nearly single-handedly led New Orleans to so many successful campaigns in the past.

The good news for Sean Payton and Drew Brees is a defense that made just enough plays all day made just a few more late.

Ultimately, Jordan does have a lot of respect for Newton, who is one of the hardest quarterbacks in the National Football League to corral, although the Saints star sacked him once on Sunday, batted down two passes, forced a pivotal intentional grounding penalty and helped Vonn Bell clean up Newton on the game's final play.

Jordan, always quick with a joke, especially after a win, has taken pokes at Newton's sense of style, and the Panthers quarterback responded in kind in November by saying he'd send Jordan some "sauce". And I think David Onyemata shut that door for him.

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Panther nation will bemoan and wonder what would have been if not for an intentional grounding call on Newton that took cost Carolina precious yards and seconds in the final minute, but not Newton.

Now, Jordan plans to send Newton his own brand of sauce after the Saints' 31-26 win over Carolina on Sunday. Tom Brady is the most accomplished quarterback ever, but I guarantee at 40 he's not making that throw. "I feel like plenty of times this year it was up to me". Fullback Zach line and running back Alvin Kamara each ran for short touchdowns, the latter set up by Michael Thomas 46-yard reception. "We trust each other and what we proved is we can beat you in a lot of different ways", Brees said.

But he's made a special exception this year for Kalil; he also thanked the veteran tackle for allowing him to get a sack in the first meeting against the Panthers. He also rushed eight times for 37 yards.

Cleared to return for the next series, Newton completed his next five passes after the injury. "We knew what we had to do and it was on the receivers".

There's a reason why Cam Newton's concussion was not correctly evaluated Sunday.

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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.

A 58-yard field goal by Graham Gano kept Carolina within striking distance, though.

Not only did Jordan commit to the troll, but he did so in a timely manner, because sometimes pettiness can't wait. Jordan said at the time. Case in point was a Week 4 victory in New England, when he threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 44 yards and a score.

Newton sat on the field near the sideline after the play, and while a new National Football League rule calls for players to be taken to the locker room to be evaluated for concussions if they appear to be struggling to stand, Newton said part of his helmet got pushed into his eyelid and he only sat down to give backup Derek Anderson more time to warm up. The call left Panthers coach Ron Rivera upset.

The road doesn't get much easier for New Orleans, which now faces the No. 2 run defense in the NFL (Minnesota) and could potentially be without guard Andrus Peat.

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Saints beat Panthers, confident about rematch with Vikings