But after Sunday, he'll be remembered as the one that got away - literally - for four catches, 115 yards, a touchdown, and a trip to Minnesota for next Sunday's divisional playoffs.
The Panthers play in New Orleans at 4:40 p.m. Sunday. Fortunately, the defense holds on against quarterback Drew Brees as he attempts to mount a comeback but falls short.
The Pro Bowl running back tandem of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara helped the Saints rush for 149 and 148 yards in two games against Carolina, the two highest rushing totals allowed by Carolina this season.
Payton downplays the regular-season wins over Carolina now, reminding everyone that the playoffs are a single game elimination tournament, but the Saints have to be in the Panthers head, if only just a little bit.
The 6-foot-7, 316-pound Peat was the Saints' first-round draft pick in 2015 out of Stanford, where he played left tackle.
In game two at New Orleans, Kamara capped the very first drive on fourth-down with an impressive touchdown run.
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The Saints scored on their ensuing possession, and Newton returned to the game with the Panthers trailing 31-19 with 5:08 remaining. The Carolina Panthers are looking for another shot at the championship since losing it to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50, while the New Orleans Saints haven't been to the big dance since Super Bowl 34 in 2009. All three of those losses came on the road however as New Orleans has won each of its last seven games at home. The biggest key is for the Panthers to get the ground game going.
Two years later, the Panthers took down NY in the first round and Chicago in the divisional round, and Seattle pummeled Carolina in the 2005 NFC Championship game. "But at the same time, we are playing against a team that has beat us twice", Rivera said.
Cam Newton rolled up to his weekly press conference, brow furrowed, and spoke of added focus. Not only does establishing the run against the Saints open up the passing game for Newton, but it also keeps Brees on the sideline. "He's going to play his game".
"We take pride in being good at stopping the run", Panthers outside linebacker Thomas Davis said. Even for players who weren't on the team's last injury report, the bye week carried plenty of value. They didn't look good in last week's 22-10 loss at Atlanta with the division on the line.
The NFL playoffs continue Sunday with a doubleheader starting in Jacksonville, Florida, where the Jaguars and Buffalo Bills ended lengthy post-season droughts to make a wild-card game. If you have any questions or comments, make them during the program and we will try to use them.