By Herbie Teope - Around the NFL Writer | NFL.com
NEW ORLEANS -- The joyful mood in the Saints' locker room following Sunday's 31-28 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers painted the picture of what was accomplished after the team improved to 13-2 on the season.
The players' emotions of securing the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage through the playoffs signaled they understood fully that any team with desires to reach the Super Bowl must come through the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
"That's something we were talking about all week, now it's just gravy on that," cornerback Eli Apple said. "In the playoffs, we're definitely going to be lit, live, and it's going to be turnt in here. I know the fans are going to be all crazy, so we can't wait."
Right tackle Ryan Ramczyk agreed emphatically.
"It's so huge to be able to say we get to play here every game until the Super Bowl and obviously we got to win," Ramczyk said. "But to be able to make the teams come here and play us? It's a tough city to play in, so it's pretty big."
The offensive lineman has a point, of course, as the Saints have enjoyed the home flavor this season, posting a 6-1 record and a six-game winning streak with one game to go at the Dome. And after posting a 7-1 record at the Dome in 2017, Sunday's win marked the third time in team history that the Saints have secured six home victories in back-to-back seasons (1991-92, 2008-09). ...
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