The No. 4-seeded Saints (11-5) will host the No. 5 Panthers (11-5) in the first round next Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET.
For the Saints it's time to look at the film of Tampa, and then move on quickly to Carolina. The Bucs dominated time of possession thanks to two 75-yard scoring drives plus converting on an awesome 10 of 11 third-down attempts. The Bucs had used all three of their timeouts on the previous New Orleans drive and faced a precarious situation at the two-minute warning. Isaiah Johnson recovered it and returned it for a 7-yard touchdown.
New Orleans, bidding for a 12-4 regular season finish, faked its first field goal of the season late in the first half on a fourth-and-five play from the Tampa Bay 30-yard line.
Brees turned one of the mistakes into the Saints' first touchdown, throwing 43 yards to Michael Thomas to set up Kamara's TD run that finished a 65-yard drive.
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The half ended with the Saints up 14-13 and leading in total yards 233 to 125 as quarterback Brees was 7 of 13 for 86 yards.
The Pro Bowlers were already the only teammates in National Football League history with 1,300-plus scrimmage yards & more than 10 touchdowns in same season. Tampa Bay had taken the opening kickoff and driven 75 yards in 14 plays for a touchdown and 7-0 lead.
The Buccaneers (4-11) scored on a pair of 1-yard runs, the first by Peyton Barber and the second by quarterback Jameis Winston. The Saints stopped one Tampa drive when rookie safety Marcus Williams made his third interception of the season and on another when linebacker Craig Robertson picked off Winston. Murray missed the extra point wide right.