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Saints Close Regular Season Today By Hosting Panthers-Game Preview

The New Orleans Saints put their seven-game win steak on the line on Sunday, when they host the Carolina Panthers, in the 2011 regular season finale for both teams.

The Saints defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 45-16, last Monday, winning their seventh-consecutive game in the process, to clinch their second NFC South title in the last three years.

In that game, Saints quarterback Drew Brees Brees threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns, giving him 5,087 passing yards on the year, which broke Dan Marino’s mark of 5,084 passing yards set in 1984.

For the year, Brees has completed 440 of 622 passes, for 5,087 yards, with 41 touchdowns.

On the other side of the line of scrimmage, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has had a solid rookie campaign, completing 295 of 492 passes, for 3,893 yards, and 20 touchdowns.

The Saints defeated the Panthers, 30-27, back on October 9, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

New Orleans has not lost since they suffered a 31-21 setback to the St. Louis Rams on October 30.

The Saints can still move into the NFC playoffs as the number two seed, but for that to happen, they must defeat Carolina, and the San Francisco 49ers must lose to the Rams. Otherwise, the Saints will be the number three seed, and would have to play in the first-round of the playoffs.

The Panthers will come in with an overall record of 6-9.

The Saints, who can secure the first unbeaten season in franchise history with a win, are 12-3.

A win by the Saints would also match the 2009 Super Bowl for the most wins during the regular season in franchise history.

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton

Kick-off time at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans is set for noon.

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