The 2013 NFL live streaming and televised games kick off in the early afternoon on Sunday, Dec. 22, and there's multiple division or playoff-clinching implications to be decided. Among them will be a huge showdown featuring the New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Both teams are 10-4 on the season, and with New Orleans recently defeated Carolina a few weeks back, it makes this game crucial for both teams in terms of the division and the postseason. The latest of the televised and live streaming NFL games on Sunday's schedule is presented on various sources for fans to enjoy.
A USA Today Sports report from Jarrett Bell on Dec. 22 indicates that New Orleans win today will give them the division as well as a bye in the first round of the NFL playoffs. A win by the Seattle Seahawks with that, will also give New Orleans the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the playoffs, a huge deal for any team. However, USA Today notes that things are trickier for the Carolina Panthers, as there are numerous playoff spots still to be decided and divisions up for grabs which will impact who gets what sort of draw in the postseason. To win the division and a No. 2 seed in the NFL postseason, Carolina first needs to handle business today against the Saints, and then defeat Atlanta next week, or watch the Saints lose again.
These two teams met several weeks ago on Sunday, Dec. 8 with the Saints winning mightily at home 31-8. Quarterback Drew Brees finished with 314 passing yards, while Marques Colston had 9 receptions for 125 yards and 2 touchdowns in the game. Surprisingly, the Panthers had the ball longer in the game, and had more total plays (62 to 61) but were simply unable to get the yards or score. They’ll look to turn up the intensity at home and allow one of the top-ranked overall defenses in the NFL to stop Brees and the Saints’ No. 2-ranked pass offense from repeating that feat of a few weeks ago.
Brees has had a stellar season, ranking up their with Peyton Manning as one of the top QB’s this season. He’s achieved 4,500 yards and 34 touchdowns on 392-of-575 completed passes. Jimmy Graham has been among his top targets, as the receiver has 1,071 yards and 14 touchdowns on 76 catches. As one might guess, only the Denver Broncos outrank the Saints when it comes to passing yards, as they average 336.6 a game.
According to ESPN, Drew Brees told the media with regards to today’s game:
"We know what we're playing for -- we're playing for the divisional championship and the two seed so it doesn't get any bigger or better than that. It is going to be a challenge for us. Obviously we understand our deficiencies on the road here the last couple of trips. It is great motivation for us to really hammer down this week, find ways to improve and get better."
Odds makers give Carolina the role of favorites at home today. They opened as 2 1/2 point favorites, but are now as high as 3 1/2 point favorites at some books. The over/under opened at 43 1/2 total points and has risen as high as 45 1/2 points. Weather is expected to be mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of showers late today and a kickoff temperature reaching the low 70’s.
Sunday afternoon's Saints vs. Panthers game has a scheduled start time of 1 p.m. EST. This game will be featured on FOX affiliate stations around the nation, mostly by region. In addition, there is coverage available on NFL RedZone for cable and satellite TV viewers, as well as NFL Audio Pass and Sirius XM Radio coverage. Many faans can see the game live streaming on NFL Mobile from Verizon, or subscribers with NFL Sunday Ticket premium service from DIRECTV can also watch on their devices or on pay-per-view. A full on-demand replay of today’s game will be available on NFL Game Rewind for subscribers.