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Now Saints need to prove they can win on road against Panthers

NEW ORLEANS -- But can they take this show on the road?

The New Orleans Saints (3-4) continued some remarkable streaks of Dome dominance with Sunday night’s 44-23 rout of the Green Bay Packers. It was their 14th straight prime time home win, including the playoffs, with those wins coming by an average of nearly 20 points per game. It was their 10th straight home win overall. And it was their 20th straight home win with coach Sean Payton on the sideline (not including his 2012 suspension).

But now the Saints have to turn around on Thursday night and prove they can finally win a road game at Carolina.

New Orleans is 0-4 on the road this season, and it has lost 10 of its past 12 on the road, including the playoffs.

"I think there is something that we have to prove. We have to prove we can win on the road," Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton said. "Everything everybody keeps saying, keeps bringing it up, until we prove that we can win on the road, then they’re right."

Once again, the NFC South lead will be at stake when the Saints travel to Carolina (3-4-1). Last season, the Saints lost a 17-13 heartbreaker in the final minute at Carolina in Week 16, which allowed the Panthers to win the division.

There is obviously a lot more season left to play this year, but those head-to-head battles will prove vital now that the Saints have such a slim margin for error this season.

"We need them all," Saints quarterback Drew Brees said when asked if they "need" this next one at Carolina. "No more important game than this, quick turnaround, Thursday night game at Carolina. ... We had two really good games against these guys last year. We're going to need our best performance to beat them. We have to go on the road and get the job done."