In what looked a lot like a preseason game in December, the Carolina Panthers defeated the New Orleans Saints 33-14, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday afternoon.

Playing without quarterback Drew Brees and running back Alvin Kamara, the Saints couldn't get on the scoreboard until Teddy Bridgewater hit Tre'Quan Smith with a nine-yard scoring strike early in the fourth quarter.

Taysom Hill rushed for the Saints' other touchdown with 3:47 to play.

Kyle Allen, making his first NFL start, completed 16-27 passes for 228 yards and a pair of scores for Carolina before being injured in the fourth quarter.  Allen also scored on a one-yard touchdown run.

Michael Thomas caught five passes for 29 yards, breaking Joe Horn's team record for receiving yards in a season.

The Saints will have next week off before playing in the divisional round on January 13th.