Bucs vs. Saints
Bucs win 17-16 against the saints, with a quick comeback in the 4th quarter
By: Alyssa Britton Harr
On Monday, December 5th, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers played against the New Orleans Saints at home in Raymond James Stadium.
To start the game, the Saints won the coin toss but elected to defer, and the Bucs received the ball. Brady’s first pass to Chris Godwin was completed for a gain of 14-yards. Another pass to Godwin was completed on a quick out route for a Bucs first down.
Running back Rachadd White gained 6-yards with Ko Kieft as the lead blocker. The Bucs converted on a third down with a quick dart over the middle to Leonard Fournette. The Bucs were first, and goal after Fournette completed a 7-yard run. Fournette was stopped short on a goal line screen; the Bucs then settled for a field goal. Ryan Succop’s 21-yard field goal was good and the Bucs took the lead 3-0.
The Bucs defense took the field to defend the lead with Lavonte David recording the first sack of the night with a free run on the Saints quarterback Andy Dalton. New Orleans was forced to punt the ball back to the Bucs.
The offense took to the field with Leonard Fournette powering a run of 11-yards. Quickly followed by a completed first down pass for the Bucs. This drive was short lived as Brady’s pass to Rachaad White was incomplete on a third down. This forced the Bucs to punt the ball back to the Saints.
The Saints stayed strong as Andy Dalton’s 40-yard pass to wide receiver Rashid Shasheed was complete. The Saints moved down the field and Dalton’s pass to tight end Adam Trautman was incomplete on a third down. This forced the Saints to punt the ball back to the Bucs.
The Bucs gained control of the ball and Ko Kieft secured a Bucs first down. Brady’s pass intended for Julio Jones was incomplete. This forced Bucs rookie Jake Camadra to kick the 66-yard punt.
The Saints Swiss Army knife Taysom Hills was dropped by Bucs linebacker Carl Nassib leaving the Saints at third and fourth. Dalton with a pass to Shaheed for a gain of 19-yards on a third down. Dalton stepped up in the pocket and hit Trautman for an increase of 20-yards.
Dalton connected with Taysom Hill for a 30-yard touchdown. The Saints took the lead 7-3 in Raymond James.
Brady, in control, passed the ball to Chris Godwin for a first down. Leonard Fournette was dropped on a screen for a loss of 2, making it third and thirteenth. The Saints had 41-yards returned by Rashim Shadheed. Chris Olave could not come up with a catch resulting in a quick three-and-out for the Saints. The Saints punted the ball back to the Bucs.
The Bucs converted on a third down with a 12-yard run by Rachaad White. Brady’s pass to wide receiver Mike Evans was incomplete. The play was under review and was then ruled as a catch resulting in a Bucs first down. Brady’s pass was intercepted by Demario Davis, who dropped into coverage and came away with the ball; the Saints took over. Jarvis Landry could not keep the ball in his hands on a third down. The Saints were not able to obtain an interception with 7. Wil Lutz’s kick was good, and the Saints extended their lead 10-3.
Lavonte David out-spaced Mark Ingram II toward the sidelines and tackled him for a loss of 1. The Saints were forced to punt the ball back to the Bucs. The Bucs made a comeback with Mike Evans 22-yard gain catch from Brady. On the third down, Brady eluded pressure and pitched the ball to Rachaad White, who fumbled the ball, leading to the Saint’s takeover.
Andy Dalton connected with Jarvis Landry for a Saints first down, moving them down the field. Taysom Hill connected with wide receiver Chris Olave as he was wide-open for a gain of 21-yards and another first down for the Saints. The Saints, staying alive, extended their lead 13-3 as Lutz’s 21-yard field goal was good.
Brady’s pass was batted by Saints defensive end Cam Jordan on the Bucs second down. Brady looked for an open window, found rookie Cade Otton on a third down, and moved the ball down the field. Jake Camdra punted 40-yards to the endzone, which created a touchback.
Saints with control Dalton passed the ball to Olave for 26-yards. The Saints then converted on a third down, where Dalton found Olave for a gain of 8-yards. Carl Nassib batted down Dalton’s pass, which caused the Saints to extend their lead 16-3 as Lutz’s 29-yard field goal was good.
Brady was sacked for a loss of 7-yards by defensive tackle Shy Tuttle. Brady then connected with Chris Godwin for a Bucs first down. Brady hit Mike Evans with a deep out for a gain of 14-yards and a Bucs second first down. Evans drew defensive pass interference placing the Bucs first and goal. Brady hit Cade Otton in the endzone for the first Bucs touchdown of the night. The Bucs trailed by six 16-10 with three minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Carl Naasib dropped Dalton for a loss of 10-yards. With control of the ball, Brady connected with Chris Godwin for a first down. Leonard Fournette ran up the middle for a first down as the Bucs crossed midfield. The Bucs were on a roll as Brady connected to Scotty Miller for a first down. Brady passed the ball to Julio Jones for a 6-yard gain. One completion after another, Brady, drove the Bucs into the red-zone. Brady threw a touchdown to Chris Godwin, which could have ended the game there, but a holding penalty on Donovan Smith negated the touchdown.
With three seconds remaining, Brady connected with Rachaad White for a touchdown. The Bucs secured the extra point leaving the score 17-16. The Bucs won the game, the first time they have swept the Saints in both season games in 15 years. With one throw, Tom Brady and the Buccaneers crushed the Saints playoff hopes as they fell 4-9.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wowed fans Monday night after their victory against the New Orleans Saints. They have improved their record, standing 6-6 and first in the NFC South. On Sunday, December 11th, the Buccaneers will be in San Francisco playing against the 49ers at 4:25 P.M.
Game Day facts by Bucs Reporter