Saints defeat Buccaneers 37-31 in OT
NEW ORLEANS - The Saints locked up their second win of the season with a touchdown 5 minutes and 36 seconds into overtime. The win puts the Saints (2-3) tied for second in the NFC South with Atlanta and 1 game behind Carolina for the division lead.
The Saints got the ball first in the extra period, and Khiry Robinson broke an 18 yard TD run to make sure Tampa Bay would never get on offense. The drive lasted 12 plays, 80 yard drive. It seemed as if the Saints would have to put the ball from their own 41 yard line after Drew Brees fired an incomplete pass on 3rd and 10, but an illegal hands to the face penalty gave the Saints an automatic first down and new life.
Brees finished the day going 35/57 for 371 yards, 2 TDs and 3 interceptions. Pierre Thomas led the team in receiving with 77 yards on 8 catches and 1 TD. Robinson led the team in rushing with 21 carries for 89 yards and a TD.
The game was sent into the extra period after the Saints scored the final 11 points of regulation, capped by a filed goal from Shayne Graham with 2:35 left in regulation.
The comeback started with a strong 10 play, 78 yard drive, ending with a 27 yard touchdown run by Pierre Thomas to get the Mercedes-Benz Superdome crowd back in it. A failed two point conversion made it 31-26 Saints trailing.
The Black and Gold faithful helping the defense and defensive end Junior Galette come up with a safety, sacking Glennon in the Bucs endzone. Saints cutting the defecit to three, trailing 31-28 in the 4th.
Things were going smooth for the Black and Gold, leading 13-3 in the 2nd quarter with less than two minutes to go, until QB Drew Brees threw an interception to Bucs CB Johnathan Banks at the New Orleans 40 yard line. Tampa Bay turned that into a QB Mike Glennon to WR Louis Murphy Touchdown making the score 17-10 at the half.
The Buccaneers then stormed out the locker room at the half with a 7 play, 80 yard drive capped off by running back Bobby Rainey's 9 yard TD to take a 17-13 lead.
The next drive for the Saints, Brees threw an inexplicable pass while falling down, which led to a Danny Lansanah 33 yard interception return for a touchdown to make it 24-13.
The Saints answered back on a 12 play drive capped by a 5 yard connection from Brees to Travaris Cadet to cut the Bucs lead to 24-20.
The Buccaneers adding to their lead in the 4th when Mike Glennon hooked up with Robert Herron on a 9 yard score to make it 31-20.