BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -
The New Orleans Saints weren't expected to go up to Pittsburgh and return with a win. That's exactly what they did.
After a 21-yard pass play from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown, "Big Ben" wasn't able to thread the needle. Linebacker Curtis Lofton hit Roethlisberger and he injured his wrist.
Roethlisberger passed for 435 yards and two touchdowns, but the Saints came up with two interceptions and should have had a few more.
Saints running back Mark Ingram continues to gain positive yards taking heat off Drew Brees. Ingram rushed for 122 yards.
For the ninth time in his career Brees tossed 5, that's right 5 touchdown passes. The first one was hauled in by tight end Benjamin Watson.
Kenny Stills was on the receiving end of 5 passes including a 44-yard strike in the first half that led to a four yard TD pass to Erik Lorig.
Nick Toon displayed determination after receiving a pass from Brees. He broke free from two Steeler defenders and banged his way in for an 11-yard touchdown reception.
The highlight was a 69 yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills and believe it or not, tight end Jimmy Graham had no catches on the day.
"Winning breeds confidence and winning can cure a lot of things, "stated Brees. "It doesn't mean that you just ignore the things that can get you beat down the road."
Brees didn't like the fact that Pittsburgh closed the gap 35-32 late in the game.
Brees said, "We didn't finish the game the way we wanted to. So I don't that to be the defining things for this year, an inability to finish. We've got to finish better."
The Saints are now 5 and 7 tied with Atlanta atop the NFC South Division standings. New Orleans will entertain 3-8 and 1 Carolina Sunday at high noon in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.