Updated: January 2, 2010, 12:04 AM ET
With the No. 1 seed in the NFC all sewn up, the New Orleans Saints will rest Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees and will start Mark Brunell in Sunday's regular season finale against the Carolina Panthers, according to a report in the Times-Picayune on Friday.
The report states Brees will be the third-string emergency quarterback on Sunday behind Brunell and Chase Daniel.
As a result of Minnesota's overtime loss in Week 16, the Saints (13-2) clinched homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
Brunnel has only appeared in a spattering of games this season and has attempted just one pass. He last started a game on Nov. 12, 2006 as a member of the Washington Redskins in a 27-3 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.