CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Cam Newton and the Panthers can clinch their first playoff appearance since 2008 by winning either of their final two games.
But the Panthers also know the benefit of winning both.
If the Panthers (10-4) can defeat New Orleans at home Sunday and Atlanta on the road the following week, they would win the NFC South and secure the No. 2 seed, which means a first-round bye and at least one playoff game at home.
Carolina is 6-1 at home.
For now, the team's focus is on the Saints and snapping the five-year playoff drought.
"We're looking at it as, 'Why not us,'" Newton says. "If we do what we have to do, if we win this game, we have our confirmation of being in the playoffs."
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