The New Orleans Saints beat up the Carolina Panthers yesterday 45-17. With the win, the Saints finished the regular season with a record of 13-3 and concreted the #3 seed in the NFC playoffs.

The Saints will now host the wild card playoff game against the Detroit Lions who they beat back on December 4th 31-17.

The Saints also broke some records yesterday against the Panthers.

The NFL single-season records set by the Saints (13-3), who head into the playoffs on an eight-game winning streak, included offensive yards with 7,474, team yards passing with 5,347 and first downs with 416.

Drew Brees, who was 28 of 35, finished with a record 468 completions this season, breaking Peyton Manning's 2010 mark of 450.

He finished the season completing 71.6 percent of his passes, breaking his own 2009 NFL record 70.6 completion percentage.

Darren Sproles had 40 yards rushing, 29 yards receiving and 99 yards on kickoff and punt returns to finish with season with an NFL record 2,969 combined yards, easily breaking the previous mark of 2,690, set by Derrick Mason with Tennessee in 2000.

---ESPN

The Saints will take on the Lions Saturday night in the Mercedes Benz Superdome at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on NBC.