With control of the NFC South and playoff seeding on the line, there is a lot riding on this prime-time game of division rivals.
While the Panthers are being dismissed as having any chance at handing the Saints their first home loss, people seem to forget that this series is very close, the Panthers holding a 19-17 edge all time. An argument can be made that Carolina took advantage of very mediocre New Orleans teams prior to the Sean Payton era which began in 2006.
However, with five winning seasons (including this year) in the history of the Carolina franchise, that argument does not hold much water.
Sunday night’s game will be one that will be hotly contested and could be a very close affair. Much like the close games the Panthers have won earlier this season, it will come down to determination, flawless execution and few X-factors.