Drew Brees and his offense didn’t have the most explosive outing Monday against the Panthers, but it was still a significant win for the quarterback and coach Sean Payton.
With the 12-9 victory at Carolina, Payton and Brees won their 117th regular-season game together, surpassing Don Shula and Dan Marino for second place among coach/QB combos during the Super Bowl era.
Up next: Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, who boast 205 regular-season wins together.
But first, the Saints will focus on securing the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. At 12-2, New Orleans needs just one more win to clinch the top spot.
The Steelers snapped their three-game losing streak to move to 8-5-1, but also need a victory to stay atop the AFC North.
New Orleans will host Pittsburgh at 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday.