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Saints go marching over Panthers, hope for Seattle win Sunday night

Saints blow out Panthers, hope Seattle can beat the 49ers so they can get a first round bye.

 New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara runs against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Saints had no trouble with the Panthers on Sunday, as Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and the Saints defense got them off to a 35-3 halftime lead on their way to a 42-10 win.

The Saints had many scenarios for a bye, with the Packers losing to the Lions being the first of the opportunities to secure a No. 2 seed. But the improbable didn’t happen in Detroit, as the Packers came from behind to beat the Lions 23-20. The Saints still have a shot at the No. 2 seed and a playoff bye if the Seahawks can beat the 49ers Sunday night.

The Panthers rookie Will Grier was awful, as he completed one pass and a pick-six before he suffered a leg injury and was replaced by Kyle Allen. Allen provided a little offense for the Panthers, as he helped Christian McCaffrey hit 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards to make him the third running back in history to accomplish that feat.

Drew Brees completed 19-of-30 for 253 yards and three touchdowns before resting in the fourth quarter while Alvin Kamara found the end zone twice, giving him four over the last two games after having just one touchdown for the season before then.

The Panthers will finish at 5-11 and look for a new coach and possibly a new quarterback this off season while the Saints head into the playoffs playing some of their best football of the season.