Dec 29, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) prior to kickoff of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers vs. Saints final score: New Orleans clinches NFC's sixth seed with

The New Orleans Saints kicked off their game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers knowing that they had zero chance of winning the NFC South. But that didn’t mean they were about to go light on the Bucs as a playoff spot was still at stake for the Saints who weren’t about to miss chance at the postseason.

Greg Schiano had little play for since Buccaneers ownership had already ensured his job security before the game, but ending the season on a high note would go a long way to mending bribes burned during the tumultuous season. That didn’t happen as the Saints, behind the arm of Drew Brees, torched the Bucs 42-17 to take the sixth seed in the NFC playoffs and secure their ticket to the postseason and a game against the NFC East winner.

The Saints have a lot of work ahead of them, even if their last game was a breeze for Brees. New Orleans has been terrible on the road and they’ll be playing, likely, in Philadelphia next weekend.

But we’ve seen teams need only to get in and then go on runs that end in a Super Bowl. That’s still the hope in New Orleans as their postseason ticket has been punched and the Saints can continue their fight to bring home another championship.

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