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Saints lose to the Bucs, host Panthers in the playoffs

01 January 2018

The only reason the Saints still won the division is because Carolina lost at Atlanta.

The victor of that game will advance to the divisional round and play the #1 seed Philadelphia Eagles.

The loss dropped the Saints (11-5) to the fourth seed in the NFC playoffs, and they'll host Carolina next week. The New Orleans finished 22 of 30 for 245 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. It drove 92 yards in 13 plays and took up almost seven minutes for a touchdown and 24-20 lead with 7:07 to go in the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium.

Tampa Bay had a chance to tie the game before the half, but after Winstons 1-yard touchdown run, Murray missed the extra point, giving the Saints a 14-13 halftime lead.

The Saints took the 17-13 lead on a 48-yard field goal by Wil Lutz with 2:44 to go in the third quarter after a 50-yard drive in nine plays.

The Bucs scored on their opening drive, getting a 1-yard touchdown run from Peyton Barber, who started and ran well, getting 63 yards in the first three quarters.

Fortunately for the Saints, they still have electrifying rookie Alvin Kamara - who had one of his best performances to date with a 106-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a 7-yard TD run and 128 total yards from scrimmage.

On the Saints very next drive, Kamara struck again.

And they still showed big-play ability on defense with two interceptions by rookie safety Marcus Williams and an interception by linebacker Craig Robertson.

Saints lose to the Bucs, host Panthers in the playoffs