New Orleans then lost to the NFC number three seed Rams before beating Carolina by 10 at home.
How much fun were Saints fans having prior to New Orleans' playoff game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome? In their last eight games against divisional opponents the Saints are 6-2 ATS.
The Saints did well in this matchup in one game, but poorly in the other.
For the Saints, defending the quick and agile rookie will be a bigger challenge Sunday without linebacker A.J. Klein and safety Kenny Vaccaro as both are on injured reserve with groin injuries.
The Saints already topped the Panthers two times this season.
He can't misfire on his first nine passes, throw three picks and post a career-low 31.5 QB rating as he did in a 22-10 loss in Week 17 at Atlanta, in part preventing the Panthers from overtaking the Saints and winning the NFC South.
To get that done, they'll need the offensive line to do their jobs and win their individual matchups. In Week 3, a 34-13 victory, the Saints had 149 rushing yards on a 5.5-yard average per carry. New Orleans is lead by a two-headed monster at running back between rookie standout Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram.
According to the New Orleans Advocate, there will be a "very prominent alumni prescience" at the franchise's first playoff game against Carolina.
Panthers will try to establish the running game. Fortunately, the defense holds on against quarterback Drew Brees as he attempts to mount a comeback but falls short.