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Wildcard Playoff Postgame Quotes: Drew Brees

12 January 2018, 09:46 | Charlene Valdez

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The NFL and the NFL Players Association will review to determine if the league's concussion protocol was followed when Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton left an NFL playoff game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

'NFL concussion protocol should have dictated taking out Cam Newton and examining him immediately after direct hit to his head, ' Pat Leonard wrote. "We know if we keep playing ball, good things will happen", Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell said. "We just struggled in the first half in the red zone and it turned out to be points that we kept chasing". It was Brees' placement that made him impossible to stop on Sunday, when he consistently exploited tight coverage and threw receivers open all afternoon.

New Orleans downed Carolina for the third time this season to reach the second round of the National Football League playoffs on Sunday while the Jacksonville Jaguars edged Buffalo to advance as well.

The 28-year-old was assessed at pitchside - and the Panthers said on their Twitter account he was "evaluated for a concussion and cleared". "I hate that I couldn't do enough to get a win today for a lot of guys that I think so highly of".

He added: 'I'm frustrated. I do believe I am the leader of this team, and the team goes as I go. He played a key role in his team's victory, sacking Newton and forcing the game-deciding intentional grounding call.

The Panthers fell into a sizable hole heading to half after both teams scored three times but Carolina kicked three field goals while New Orleans scored three touchdowns.

Heading into Sunday's NFC divisional-round rematch at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Saints' future hall of fame quarterback Drew Brees says there is a drastic difference in his squad.

Maybe it's better that way because the Saints are a much better team than the one that started the season 0-2.


(On how the momentum changed after the 80-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn Jr.) "That was huge". Fullback Zach line and running back Alvin Kamara each ran for short touchdowns, the latter set up by Michael Thomas' 46-yard reception.

Carolina answered on a 27-yard Graham Gano field goal but Brees then marched New Orleans 75 yards in nine plays, completing the five-minute drive with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Josh Hill for a 14-3 Saints lead.

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints face the prospect of seeing their season end where it began.

The NFL confirmed after the game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome that it was investigating the Panthers' treatment of Newton. He also caught 81 passes for 826 yards, including four for 20 against Minnesota.

Newton finished 24 of 40 passing for 349 yards and two touchdowns, including a 56-yard scoring strike to Christian McCaffrey that pulled the Panthers within a touchdown with 4:09 left.

Jordan said the hit that Newton absorbed was significant. The sack by Onyemata came as Newton tried to spin away from Tyeler Davison and slammed his head into Onyemata's chest. As he walked to the sideline, Newton went down to the ground, where he pointed to his eye as trainers checked him out. Panthers coach Ron Rivera offered a similar explanation.

Once Newton dropped to his knee, he had to be taken to the locker room, according to a new provision in the concussion protocol.



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