Saints' Cameron Jordan trolls Cam Newton with a bottle of wine

"Coaches, players on the sideline are telling you, 'Get down, get down, '" Saturday said, adding, "If he walks off, they set the play clock and all the sudden you're being hurried up".

Medical personnel attended to him as he sat on the field, then took him to the medical tent on the sideline for evaluation.

"According to the policy developed by the National Football League and NFLPA, if the Concussion Protocol is not properly followed the club is subject to discipline". "But it wasn't my head. I thought maybe somebody stuck their finger in my eye, but I have a visor, so that can't happen". The league and players' union conducted probes previous year after Newton took a hard hit to the head late in the season opener at Denver but did not come out of the game.

Newton later claimed that he was hit in the eye, and he reportedly went to the ground to give backup quarterback Derek Anderson time to get ready. "So I want them always to feel welcome, that they were a big part of what all of us are now standing on". "It was my eye", Newton told reporters. The Saints' defense combined for 4 sacks while giving up 413 yards of total offense to the Panthers in the win.

Brees" performance was one of his truly great games as a Saint when you consider Carolina did everything to stop the Saints running game short of hanging a neon sign "No Running Inside Today.' It made me wish I chose to pay for a ridiculously priced late plane ticket to see it in person.

This time around, refs on hand appeared to fail on at least three instances just in the final two minutes of a 31-26 New Orleans Saints victory over the Carolina Panthers in the wild-card round.

Newton took the blame for Carolina's season coming up short of the Super Bowl. "They dialed it up and I said, 'Go make a play'". "If you are going to stack the "box" (the area near the line of scrimmage) and take us (running backs) out of the game, then he is going to hurt you. But I feel like as a whole, it still starts with me". "I said, 'Let's go for it.' So, end of discussion".

Brees completed 23-of-33 passes (69.6 percent), and he now has 3,915 career passing yards in the postseason, ranking him 10th in National Football League history.

After connecting on just one of his first four passes, Brees completed nine consecutive throws.

We know this much: the New Orleans Saints are moving on.

Cam Newton drove Carolina to a first down at the New Orleans 21, but after an incompletion he was pressured and called for intentional grounding. I think we've shown offensively is that we have a lot of ways to be effective, a lot of weapons to spread the ball around. I get that "sustained vertical instability" is a mouthful, but "stumbling or falling to the ground" ought to clear that up.

Saints 38-year-old quarterback Drew Brees proved he's still one of the best around after passing for 376 yards and two touchdowns at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

If Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton finds a bottle of wine on his dining table when he gets home, he can thank New Orleans defensive end Cameron Jordan for that.

Vanessa Coleman