"That feels like ages and ages ago", Brees said of the 29-19 loss in Minnesota, describing the difference between the Saints then and now as "night and day".
Anderson entered the game, threw an incomplete pass and the Panthers punted. They won a division title and their home playoff game, anything more from here is lagniappe.
But Newton returned to the game after the tent visit, with the Panthers tweeting: 'Cam Newton has been evaluated for a concussion and cleared'. He also rushed eight times for 37 yards.
(On how the momentum changed after the 80-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn Jr.) "That was huge".
"We trust our system".
"We did everything the right way", Hurney said.
"You can't be more happy about the way we played in terms of how we finished", said Jordan, the All-Pro defensive end.
"If you're rushing five, six, seven yards per carry, it just comes easier".
It was a nail-biter to the end, but Saints fans erupted when it was over, and the Black and Gold came out on top.
But the inquest into how the Panthers handled what looked like a head injury to Cam Newton is just beginning.
"I guess, in a way, yeah, you get an opportunity (for revenge), but we've got to treat it like any other game".
After connecting on just one of his first four passes, Brees completed nine consecutive throws.
His teammates will tell you that Newton was among the chief reasons the Panthers had a chance Sunday - wide receiver Devin Funchess called it "an A-plus effort" - though they along with Newton won't soon forget chances that passed them by early and late.
After evading pressure by Tyeler Davison, Newton was blasted by Onyemata, who had a free run at the quarterback as Newton was attempting to regain his balance.
At a time when the National Football League is trying to crack down on the handling of concussions, it was an ugly sight during a primetime game.
But taking away the Saints' bread-and-butter offensive phase left the game in the hands of a guy who at the age of 38 years old still wields a carving knife in the pocket.
"Without a doubt, they (defense) was like a wall", he said. "We've clearly turned the corner".
"It was great. If you can not enjoy the good times in this league than you might need to get out".
Saints running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, who combined for more than 3,000 yards from scrimmage this season, were held to 68 total yards. (115), and the Panthers' Greg Olsen (107) and Christian McCaffrey (101) joined Indianapolis' Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie, and the New York Jets' Jerricho Cotchery and Braylon Edwards in performing the feat.
END ZONE PROTECTION: While the Saints defense gave up 413 net yards, their ability to keep Carolina out of the end zone was crucial. "I think they will play well". They go for the win even if it's a bit reckless.
A heck of a play that allowed the Saints to defeat the Panthers for the third time this season, marching on to the NFC Divisional Playoff Game.