The path to Super Bowl LIII for the NFC will go through the Superdome.
The New Orleans Saints (13-2) pulled off a thrilling comeback to defeat the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers 31-28 and claim the No. 1 seed in NFC.
The Saints took the lead for good on a 1-yard touchdown from Drew Brees to Michael Thomas with 1:25 left. The Saints completed the rally when Sheldon Rankins forced a fumble by JuJu Smith-Schuster that was recovered by Demario Davis with 32 seconds to go.
Brees finished with 326 yards and a touchdown, while completing 27 of his 39 passes.
This was Brees’ 48th winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime, which moved the legend into second place all-time, trailing only Peyton Manning, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Thomas hauled in 11 receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown.
Alvin Kamara amassed 105 yards from scrimmage with two scores to tie Dalton Hilliard for the Saints’ franchise touchdown record (18) in a season.
Additionally, Mark Ingram became the Saints’ all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (50) in the victory.
The Saints trailed 28-24 entering the fourth quarter before stepping up on the defensive side to blank the Steelers (8-6-1) in the final frame.
The Saints conclude the regular season at home vs. the Carolina Panthers, followed with a bye week in the first round of the NFC Playoffs as they gear up for a Super Bowl run.
Afterwards, Brees spoke with CST’s Mike Nabors about the hard fought victory against a divisional rival and the importance of securing home field advantage.
“It feels good because the result was a win and obviously it gives us the one seed for the playoffs which is huge. I think we knew the type of game this was going to be,” Brees said. “…For us to be able to go down and score and then the defense come up with that turnover, it was huge. It was such a huge team win.”
For more watch Saints Gameday with Scott Shanle, Mike Nabors and Victor Howell. Check the CST program schedule for more information.