The New Orleans Saints eliminated the Carolina Panthers with a 31-26 victory in Sunday's NFC Wild Card Game. While the Panthers will spend the offseason seeking new ownership, a New Orleans newspaper mockingly filled the vacancy in a Monday morning headline.
Following the Saints' win, the Times-Picayune wrote on its front page, "The Panthers already have a new owner: The New Orleans Saints."
The Saints also defeated their NFC South foe in two regular-season matchups. They scored a combined 96 points in the three triumphs behind 865 passing yards and six touchdowns (with just one interception) from Drew Brees.
In December, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced he will sell the team at the end of the season. Earlier that day, Sports Illustrated's L. Jon Wertheim and Viv Bernstein had detailed workplace misconduct that led to Richardson paying settlements to employees. Sean "Diddy" Combs, Stephen Curry and Colin Kaepernick have all expressed interest in joining a group to purchase the team.
The Saints advanced to face the Minnesota Vikings—against whom they lost 29-19 to open 2017—on the road this Sunday.