A last-second field goal lifted the New Orleans Saints to a 16-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Game play was stopped for a 69-minute weather delay with 10:30 remaining in the first quarter. Lightening was seen in the vicinity of Raymond James Stadium.
Drew Brees had a rare stinker of a performance, but it’s all good in the end. Brees ended the afternoon completing 26/46 for 322 yards and a single TD. Brees also had two interceptions and four sacks.
Jimmy Graham was New Orleans’ leading receiver with 10 receptions for 179 yards and a TD. Just amazing!
So far, so good for the Saints defense. They came up with some big plays. Cam Jordan forced a fumble, which was recovered by Junior Gallette. Malcolm Jenkins had an interception. They allowed Doug Martin to run a little too much, but overall Rob Ryan’s defense looks good.
Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman had 125 yards and a touchdown (a 5-yard pass to Kevin Ogletree). He had one interception, courtesy of Jenkins. The Bucs leading receiver was Vincent Jackson for 77 yards. Doug Martin ran for 144 yards.
Of course, the Bucs lost 118 yards because of ten penalties.
In the end, the game was so very, very close. The Bucs were up by one. Tampa Bay kicker Ryan Lindell missed a field goal, giving the Saints a shot to win it with a minute left in the game. Brees completed a beautiful 31-yard pass to Marques Colston. There was 15 seconds left on the clock, and the Saints had no time outs. New Orleans was able to spike the ball, leaving five seconds on the clock. Just enough time for a Garrett Hartley 28-yard field goal for the Saints. The Saints (barely) win!
The Saints are back at the Superdome for Week 3 against the Cardinals.