The Carolina Panthers are looking for another shot at the championship since losing it to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50, while the New Orleans Saints haven't been to the big dance since Super Bowl 34 in 2009. "It's anybody's game. Both teams are 11-5", Munnerlyn said. "I hope they understand how committed we are to the kind of energy and community that the Panthers build for us".
I know this: If Bad Cam shows up for the 3:40 p.m. kickoff (Fox), and not Good Cam, Carolina's chances of winning diminish greatly.
Saints cornerback Arthur Maulet, born and raised in New Orleans, was still in high school then.
Expect the Dome to rock on Sunday, just like it rocked the last time the Saints played there on Christmas Eve in the regular-season finale against the Atlanta Falcons.
Tight end Kyle Rudolph, who'd been playing through a right ankle sprain, said he'd told coach Mike Zimmer he'd do whatever he needed to do to get through the Vikings' final three regular season games, knowing a bye would await the Vikings if they won those games.
CAM ON THE RUN: The Panthers have been better when quarterback Cam Newton runs the ball.
Thomas hauled in 104 receptions on 149 targets for 1,245 yards, and he will once again be quarterback Drew Brees' main weapon through the air Sunday. "But we've got to go down there and play hard". "But at the same time a game's gonna be played. on Sunday".
Carolina coach Ron Rivera doesn't downplay the significance of those victories.
Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis feels like the Panthers have been an afterthought on the National Football League landscape all season, even while they were beating the Patriots on the road in Week 4 and running off seven wins in an eight-game stretch.
"They had a lot of talent on that team", Maulet said.
"That's our plan. We just have to go out and execute".
"[It's] being able to have extra time to get treatment, to get massages and take advantage of the resources you have at your house: rolling out, stretching, things like that", wide receiver Adam Thielen said.
"It's insane how people sit there and don't want to give people chances or anything like that", coach Ron Rivera said on the team's website.
Iconic defensive end Julius Peppers, who came back to Charlotte on a one-year deal, wasn't interested in discussing his future this week.
"We've had guys who have been there before, so I feel like we should be ready and more prepared", Peppers said. Three of Lattimore's five interceptions came in December, while Williams recorded a pair of picks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17.
Other pending free agents include defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, tight end Ed Dickson, left guard Andrew Norwell and kicker Graham Gano, who missed only one field goal during the regular season and is expected to make the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement for Greg Zuerlein. And despite battling injuries the past two seasons, Kalil says he wants to play another year. Carolina still lost 31-21, but the 2015 MVP feels he's a more effective player when not chained to the pocket.
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