Saints go for first-ever 3-0 season sweep against Panthers

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Alvin Kamara
(Photo: Parker Waters)

The Saints have accomplished countless franchise firsts in the Sean Payton/Drew Brees era. On Sunday, they will go for another.

New Orleans has never beaten the same team three times in one season. When the Saints meet the Carolina Panthers in an NFC Wild Card round game at 3:40 p.m. Sunday, they have a chance to go 3-0 against their NFC South rivals.

While it’s been said that it is hard to beat a team three times in a season, history suggests otherwise.

Since the 1970 merger, Sunday will mark the 21st time a team has a chance to complete a three-game season sweep with a playoff win. The team that swept the regular season series is 13-7.

Interestingly, a three-game sweep has not happened this decade. It last happened in the Saints’ Super Bowl season of 2009, when the Dallas Cowboys swept the Philadelphia Eagles in the regular season and knocked off the Eagles again in an NFC Wild Card game before losing to the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round.

The history of teams going for a three-game sweep with results is listed below.

Season Won Both Meetings (Record) Lost Both Meetings (Record) Playoff Site Result Sweep
2017 Saints (11-5) Panthers (11-5) NO ? ?
2009 Cowboys (11-5) Eagles (11-5) DAL DAL 34-14 Y
2008 Steelers (12-4) Ravens (11-5) PIT PIT 23-14 Y
2007 Cowboys (13-3) Giants (10-6) DAL NYG 21-17 N
2004 Packers (10-6) Vikings (8-8) GB MIN 31-17 N
2004 Rams (8-8) Seahawks (9-7) SEA RAM 27-20 Y
2002 Steelers (10-5-1) Browns (9-7) PIT PIT 36-33 Y
2000 Giants (12-4) Eagles (11-5) NYG NYG 20-10 Y
1999 Titans (13-3) Jaguars (14-2) JAX TEN 33-14 Y
1998 Cowboys (10-6) Cardinals (9-7) DAL ARZ 20-7 N
1997 Patriots (10-6) Dolphins (9-7) NE NE 17-3 Y
1997 Packers (13-3) Buccaneers (10-6) GB GB 21-7 Y
1994 Steelers (12-4) Browns (11-5) PIT PIT 29-9 Y
1994 Vikings (10-6) Bears (9-7) MIN CHI 35-18 N
1993 Raiders (10-6) Broncos (9-7) RAI RAI 42-24 Y
1992 Chiefs (10-6) Chargers (11-5) CHA CHA 17-0 N
1991 Chiefs (10-6) Raiders (9-7) KC KC 10-6 Y
1989 Oilers (9-7) Steelers (9-7) HOU PIT 26-23 N
1986 Giants (14-2) Redskins (12-4) NYG NYG 17-0 Y
1983 Seahawks (9-7) Raiders (12-4) RAI RAI 30-14 N
1982 Dolphins (7-2) Jets (6-3) MIA MIA 14-0 Y
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