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Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints: Breaking Down a Bitter Rivalry
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How testy will these teams be on Sunday?

Rivalries are not uncommon in sports and the NFL is no different.  The legendary rivalries have featured the Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins, the Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears/Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns (though this one has been one-sided as of late).

The teams of the expansion era have developed their own rivalries over the past few years.

The Carolina Panthers will open their home schedule this Sunday against division rival New Orleans Saints.  While this matchup is being billed as a must-win for both teams after unexpected opening losses last week, this game could very well open a bigger rift and fuel the animosity between these two teams.

There are many reasons to watch this game because it features two teams who are both very physical and vocal during each matchup.  One can liken this game to a Pittsburgh-Baltimore showdown in the NFC.

Over the next few slides, this rivalry will be examined and show why there is no love lost between the two franchises.

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