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Halftime update: New Orleans Saints 17, Pittsburgh Steelers 14

Saints can clinch No. 1 seed in NFC with win

The New Orleans Saints took a 17-14 halftime lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wil Lutz's 43-yard field goal with two seconds left in the second quarter Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

It was Lutz's 26th consecutive made field goal, breaking a tie with Pro Football Hall of Famer Morten Andersen.

Saints running back Mark Ingram got the scoring started with a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, the 50th rushing touchdown of his eight-year Saints career, a franchise record. His backfield mate, Alvin Kamara, scored the second touchdown on an 8-yard scamper in the second quarter. Quarterback Drew Brees and receiver Michael Thomas connected five times for 74 yards.

The Saints defense held the potent Pittsburgh offense to just two Chris Boswell field goals (49 and 30 yards) early but Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger engineered a 97-yard drive that ended with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Samuels with 40 seconds remaining. The Steelers converted the two-point attempt to tie the score.

New Orleans had one turnover, an interception thrown by Taysom Hill. He was trying to connect with receiver Ted Ginn Jr. in the end zone on the opening possession.

A win Sunday will give the Saints (12-2) the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs and a first-round bye.

Key Saints stat leaders

Drew Brees, 12 of 16 for 151 yards

Mark Ingram, seven carries for 27 yards and one TD

Alvin Kamara, two carries for 12 yards and one TD

Michael Thomas, five catches for 74 yards

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