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What's next for Panthers, Saints?
Everything seemed set for a huge New Orleans Saints win. Drew Brees & Co. held a 13-10 lead on the road over the Carolina Panthers, and just a minute remained. Then Cam Newton earned perhaps the biggest win of his career, engineering a five-play, 65-yard touchdown drive in just 32 seconds (ending on a 14-yard strike from Newton to Domenik Hixon). The 17-13 win sent Carolina to the top of the NFC South standings, and all but doomed New Orleans to a wild-card spot -- and a first-round road game, which doesn't bode well for a team that went 3-5 away from the Superdome this season.
Champions League Round of 16
Both Manchester City and Arsenal will face incredibly tough opponents when the Champions League round of 16 gets underway in February. City drew Spanish giant Barcelona, while Arsenal will face defending champion Bayern Munich. In other parts of the draw, struggling Italian giant AC Milan will have its hands full with Spanish dark horse Atletico Madrid, while Chelsea will face a tough opponent in Turkish side Galatasaray, which features former Chelsea great Didier Drogba. How do you see the round of 16 playing out?
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Which team will win NFC South?
The New Orleans Saints' stay alone atop the NFC South didn't last long. Just a week after the team hammered the Carolina Panthers at the Superdome, New Orleans lost handily at the St. Louis Rams, while the Panthers pushed past the visiting New York Jets. That leaves the two squads in a tenuous tie for the division lead -- tenuous because they play each other again in seven days. What will happen between these two closely matched groups?