Live updates, tweets, photos, analysis and more from the Carolina Panthers wild-card playoff game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome in New Orleans on Jan. 7, 2018.
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Playoffs in New Orleans brings out the unusual even from Panthers fans. espn.com/espn/now?nowId… https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DS94n7xU0AEB-uL.jpgPanthers coach Ron Rivera, shaking hands with wide receiver Russell Shepard, turned 56 today. On Saturday he got a two-year extension through 2020. espn.com/espn/now?nowId… https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DS93WJzVMAAUgYf.jpgMarshon Lattimore requested “Thought it was a Drought,” and he looked like a kid on Christmas when the beat dropped.Tight end Greg Olsen catching passes from Cam Newton in warmups. Olsen had one catch on 10 targets last week. But Olsen has been really good at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. espn.com/espn/now?nowId… https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DS92R79VwAA4-RM.jpgAtmosphere already jumping on field in the Superdome as both teams warm up…just kind of feels like this will be an exciting one, folks.Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is 3-3 in playoff games with eight touchdowns and seven picks. He’ll have to be at his best today to give Carolina a chance. espn.com/espn/now?nowId… https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DS91phVV4AAHyXf.jpgThe boys are back in town #LoveTheSaints https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DS9yftmVoAAbYKb.jpgFormer Saints Reggie Bush, Lance Moore, Marques Colston, Pierre Thomas #CARvsNO #Saints #NFCWildCard #NFLPlayoffs … twitter.com/i/web/status/9…Photo from the #Saints wild card game: Ladies & gentlemen, Mr. Reggie Bush https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DS9xXQTUMAA52Jr.jpgPhoto from the #Saints wild card game: Ladies & gentlemen, Mr. Reggie Bush https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DS9xXQTUMAA52Jr.jpgRoman Harper and Roman Harper II https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DS9xTctVAAAIFsO.jpgTrai Turner, cleared from the concussion protocol on Saturday, will get his first start at right guard in a month. He’s missed the last three games. Amini Silatolu, who replaced Turner, is inactive. Tackle Matt Kalil, who missed practice this week with… espn.com/espn/now?nowId…Left tackle Terron Armstead is active for playoff game against Carolina theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sp…Charles Johnson played only 17 of 72 defensive snaps for the Panthers last week, and he has no sacks this season, so this may be a message to him. espn.com/espn/now?nowId…Three of the Panthers’ players in sick bay are ACTIVE — LT Matt Kalil, QB Derek Anderson and LB David Mayo.
The fourth, CB Kevon Seymour, is out.Saints LT Terron Armstead will play his first game of the season against Carolina today after being questionable with a thigh injury. Rookie DE Trey Hendrickson (ankle) is also returning from a three-game absence. … espn.com/espn/now?nowId…Interesting that veteran DE Charles Johnson, who returned from a four-game suspension last week, is inactive. Bryan Cox Jr. moves into the four-man rotation with Julius Peppers, Mario Addison and Wes Horton. espn.com/espn/now?nowId…Charles Johnson’s season has been one to forget: No sacks, a four-game suspension for PEDs and now inactive for playoff game.Saints inactives: Jonathan Williams, Kasim Edebali, Cameron Tom, John Fullington, Austin Carr, John Phillips and Al-Quadin Muhammad.Saints inactives: Jonathan Williams, Kasim Edebali, Cameron Tom, John Fullington, Austin Carr, John Phillips and Al-Quadin Muhammad.Charles Johnson’s season has been one to forget: No sacks, a four-game suspension for PEDs and now inactive for playoff game.So CB depth a concern for Carolina today with Seymour out. Less a concern is DE rotation, which had been successful with Wes Horton when CJ was suspended.Panthers inactives: QB Garrett Gilbert, C Greg Van Roten, DE Zach Moore, OT Blaine Clausell
G Amini Silatolu, CB Kevon Seymour, DE Charles Johnson. espn.com/espn/now?nowId…For the Panthers, WR Devin Funchess (shoulder), T Matt Kalil (illness) and G Trai Turner (concussion) are all ACTIVE.Panthers inactives:
Scratches: Charles Johnson, Garrett Gilbert, Greg Van Roten, Zach Moore, Blaine Clausell, Amini Silatolu
Sick: Kevon SeymourPanthers DE Charles Johnson inactive today, as are CB Kevon Seymour, G Amini Silatolu, QB Gilbert, T Clausell and C Van RotenTerron Armstead is ACTIVE for the Saints vs. Panthers.Was questionable with thigh injury. twitter.com/jkatzenstein/s…Trey Hendrickson is also ACTIVE after missing the past three games.Trey Hendrickson is also ACTIVE after missing the past three games.Inactives: Johnson, Silatolu healthy scratches. Seymour out with illness. panth.rs/xuRSBfTerron Armstead is ACTIVE for the Saints vs. Panthers.Terron Armstead is ACTIVE for the Saints vs. Panthers.Terron Armstead is activeBackup quarterback Derek Anderson wasn’t out working with tight end Greg Olsen early as he normally does, so will be interesting if the sickness that kept him out of Friday’s practice keeps him out today. Garrett Gilbert is No. 3 on the depth chart. espn.com/espn/now?nowId…Bills-Jags is not the playoff game we want but it’s the one we deserve tbhPanthers third-team QB Garrett Gilbert getting some work in early warmups. No. 2 QB Derek Anderson, who missed practice Friday, did make the trip.Deja vu https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DS9lumPVAAAqQrC.jpgIf you are in a suite at today’s game, look for these former #Saints at halftime! https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DS9eem2W4AErDJT.jpgHopping on @FOX8NOLA to talk Saints-Panthers in a few minutes.Rookie Christian McCaffrey readies for his playoff debut