Saints clinch home-field advantage with Week 16 win

  • By Around The NFL staff
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New Orleans can fire up the stoves and get the gumbo ready, because they're going to be enjoying some home cooking this postseason.

The Saints clinched home-field advantage through the playoffs with their 31-28 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. As a result of the outcome, the Houston Texans clinched a playoff berth in the AFC by virtue of the Steelers' loss.

Trailing 28-24, Drew Brees led the Saints down a fairly short field, completing the comeback drive with a short touchdown pass to Michael Thomas, who won a one-on-one battle with Steelers corner Joe Haden.

New Orleans held on to the lead despite a valiant effort on the part of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and the rest of the Steelers' offense.

At 13-2, the Saints have lost just once at home all year, posting a 6-1 record.