For one last time this season, Drew Brees and the Saints proved how tough they are to beat in the Big Easy, clinching a wild-card spot with a 42-17 rout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Brees was his usual self, passing for four TDs and even running for a score as New Orleans (11-5) concluded the regular season 8-0 at home.
But the Saints went 3-5 on the road this season, and they had little time to celebrate before fielding questions about what they can do to change their fortunes on the road.
‘‘We’re going to be told all week long that we can’t win on the road,’’ right tackle Zach Strief said. ‘‘We all acknowledge why people say that, and yet, the other games don’t matter — not anymore.’’ Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.