CHARLOTTE, N.C.: Drew Brees threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns, the Saints experienced 5 interceptions and New Orleans defeated the Carolina Panthers 33-7 on Sunday to wrap up the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs.
The Saints will host the seventh-seeded Chicago Bears in the wild-card round following weekend.
Ty Montgomery ran for 105 yards on 18 carries for the Saints (12-4), who became the initially group to sweep the NFC South by heading 6- considering that the division was formed in 2002.
The Saints continue to managed to run for 156 yards even with actively playing with no Alvin Kamara, who tied an NFL record with 6 TDs in a Week 16 get more than the Vikings, and Latavius Murray. Both running backs ended up positioned on the COVID-19/reserve checklist.
Taysom Hill experienced 41 yards hurrying, such as a 3-property TD run.
Carolina’s Teddy Bridgewater was benched midway via the 3rd quarter immediately after throwing his second interception in the conclusion zone into double protection. The former Saints QB completed 13 of 23 for 176 yards and was changed by P.J. Walker, who was intercepted a few periods.
The Panthers (5-11) were being also without having their prime two managing backs Christian McCaffrey and Mike Davis thanks to personal injury and managed just 74 yards rushing.
Extensive receiver Curtis Samuel, who is set to become an unrestricted free of charge agent, turned in his second straight 100-property acquiring activity with 7 catches for 118 yards.
The Saints jumped out to an early 7- direct on an 18-property TD strike from Brees to Jared Cook dinner, marking the fourth straight game the limited end has scored towards the Panthers. Brees later on added an 8-property scoring toss to Emmanuel Sanders and an 11-garden TD pass to Austin Carr.
Wil Lutz skipped his initial extra point of the season in the next quarter, snapping a string of 55 straight prosperous makes an attempt but he added two discipline goals.
Saints: LT Terron Armstead remaining for a engage in in the fourth quarter, but immediately returned.
Panthers: McCaffrey missed his 13th sport of the season thanks to injuries. The Panthers also performed with no top go rusher Brian Burns and LT Russell Okung.
Saints: The four-time defending NFC South champions host the Bears following weekend in the playoffs.
Panthers: Right after failing to make the playoffs for the 3rd straight period, Carolina will glance to the NFL draft to enhance a number of urgent desires.
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