The Pittsburgh Steelers fell 35-32 to the New Orleans Saints Sunday in a game that wasn't nearly as close as the final score indicated.
Drew Brees threw five touchdown passes. Benjamin Watson, Erik Lorig, Nick Toon, Kenny Stills and Marques Colston all caught one of them. Brees didn't throw an interception.
Mark Ingram ran for 122 yards on 23 carries, helping the Saints (5-7) take control and score 14 points in the second quarter after falling behind 6-0 in the first quarter.
Roethlisberger completed 32-of-58 passes for 435 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in a statistically padded performance.
Le'Veon Bell ran for 95 yards and scored on a 1-yard run.
This was the Steelers' first loss after their bye week since 2007, and their second loss at home this season to an NFC South team.
The Bengals defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday to improve to 8-3-1 and widen their lead in the AFC North to a game and a half. The Ravens and Browns both lost, so the Steelers remain tied for second place in the division.
This non-conference loss won't hurt the Steelers when it comes to tiebreakers, but they missed an opportunity to break away from the logjam of teams fighting for a playoff spot.