The New Orleans Saints were defeated by the visiting Carolina Panthers 33-14 in the final game of the regular season.
The Saints rested Drew Brees and gave the nod at quarterback to Teddy Bridgewater.
Heading into the game, the Saints already earned the top seed in the NFC and home field advantage through the conference playoffs.
The Saints will have a bye week before facing a TBD opponent in the divisional round on Jan. 13 at 3:40 p.m. (CST).
Michael Thomas surpassed Joe Horn for the Saints single-season record for receiving yards on a 6-yard reception to finish with 1,405.
Thomas tallied an NFL-best 125 receptions this season.
The Saints scored their pair of touchdowns from nine yards out apiece in the fourth quarter (Bridgewater to Tre’Quan Smith and a run by Taysom Hill).
The Saints amassed 184 yards on the ground, with Dwayne Washington totaling 108 yards on 11 carries.
Afterwards, Brees spoke with CST’s Mike Nabors about getting recharged for the postseason and helping the Saints make a Super Bowl run.
“I love our team,” Brees said. “I know we have some work to do this week and then obviously once we find out who our opponent is, we’ll put together a great week of preparation that week and we’re excited to get back in the dome come playoff time.”
For more watch Saints Gameday with Scott Shanle, Mike Nabors and Victor Howell. Check the CST program schedule for more information.