TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The New Orleans Saints wasted no time scoring against The Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium Sunday. The Saints got on the board quickly with two field goals early in the first quarter and exacerbated the gap with a touchdown near the end of the first, making the score 13-0 for the Saints at second quarter.
With 3:34 left in the first half, the Bucs finally scored–or so it appeared–by way of Scotty Miller’s completed 48-yard pass from Winston. However, after a play review, Miller was ruled as ending his play on the one-yard line, causing only a first down. The Bucs prevailed through the next drive though, with Winston’s successful completed six-yard touchdown pass to Peyton Barber, making the score 20-7 with 2:42 left in the first half.
The Bucs ended the first half on a rough note. The Saints kept the pressure on Winston on every single down, and a holding penalty didn’t help, putting them at 2nd and 14. While Mike Evans helped the Bucs gain six yards, but in the final play of the first half, Winston threw an interception. Saints safety Vonn Bell caught the pass intended for Chris Godwin.
The Buccaneers narrowed the lead in the beginning of the third quarter with Matt Gay’s 55-yard field goal and the Bucs defense kept the Saints scoreless for the first two-thirds of it, keeping the score 20-10. In the final third, on the Saints’ possession, Drew Brees nailed a six-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn. The Bucs answered back quickly to wrap up the third with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Chris Godwin, making the score 27-17 at the end of third quarter.
The final nail sank deep into the Bucs’ coffin in final six minutes of the fourth quarter with two interceptions. The first one was the devastator–New Orleans’ M. Williams snatched a deep pass intended for Mike Evans and returned it all the way to the end zone for another Saints touchdown, making the score 34-17. The second interception, also intended for Mike Evans, got picked by Williams.
While the Bucs are disappointed in tonight’s loss, they’ll return home December 8th to face the Indianapolis Colts at 1pm.
Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | firstname.lastname@example.org