<
>

Saints could use help from Steelers

12/13/2011

Jeff Duncan makes an excellent point when he writes that members of Who Dat Nation need to double as Pittsburgh Steelers’ fans, at least for one day.

That day would be Monday night when the Steelers play the San Francisco 49ers.

The 49ers and Saints are each 10-3 and they’re fighting for the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs, with the Green Bay Packers pretty much holding a lock on the top seed.

The No. 2 seed is hugely important because it guarantees a week off and a home game in the second round of the playoffs. The Saints learned last year that going on the road in the postseason is not easy, when they went to Seattle and lost.

But guaranteeing a week off and a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome might require help from the Steelers. Since the 49ers have a better conference record than the Saints, the only way New Orleans can claim the No. 2 seed is to finish with a better record than San Francisco.

The Saints obviously need to take care of their own business. But Pittsburgh probably is their best shot at help with the 49ers.

After playing the Steelers, the 49ers close their season with games against St. Louis and Seattle.