Dec 9, 2013 at 1.30am UK at ​Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Carolina Panthers
13-31
New Orleans Saints
FT
6
Q1
0
0
Q2
21
Colston (13:35, 2:44), Graham (0:18)
0
Q3
3
Smith (5:15)
7
Q4
7
Graham (9:54)

Cam Newton claims New Orleans Saints clash "just like any other" game

Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers warms up before their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on December 1, 2013
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Cam Newton says that if the Carolina Panthers "trust their preparation" then they will be okay when they take on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has played down the team's crucial clash with the New Orleans Saints this weekend.

Both of the NFC South sides hold 9-3 records at present, with many tipping the winners of Sunday night's match to be the more likely to go on to win the division.

However, Newton still feels that there is a long way to go with four weeks remaining, stating that meeting the Saints is just like any other game.

He told Panthers.com: "This game is like any other game. It's only our most important game because it's our next one. We have to go into it trusting our preparation and being prepared and I think we'll be alright.

"New Orleans is a place which has always had a high intensity crowd but so do we and we've played in this type of atmosphere before. We'll be okay as long as we're focused on the job we have to do."

The Panthers are currently on an eight-game winning streak, while the Saints crashed to a heavy defeat to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday.

Head coach Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers watches on against the Seattle Seahawks during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 8, 2013
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