It's a battle of historic records. NFC South teams are undefeated in divisional games at home this season, but Panthers head coach John Fox and QB Jake Delhomme are a combined 10-0 at the Super Dome.
Drew Brees will certainly test the Panthers' secondary this week, as he needs 402 pass yards to break Dan Marino's single season record of 5,084 set back in 1984.
Still, even if Brees puts up monstrous numbers, the Panthers have a running game to match it.
RB DeAngelo Williams scored four touchdowns in last week's game against the Giants, one of top run defenses in the NFL. What do you think he's capable of against an average defensive team against the run?
And Carolina has the motivation necessary to win, needing a victory to retain the NFC's No. 2 seed, a first-round bye, and a home playoff game.
In addition, they have been resilient all season, never losing two games in a row, not even after their worst loss of the season.