Tampa Bay 23, New Orleans 13

Sunday, January 2, 2011 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, January 2, 2011
WHERE: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
TEMPERATURE: DOME
HEAD OFFICIAL: Gene Steratore
ATTENDANCE: 70068

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Tampa Bay 3 7 10 3 23
New Orleans 7 0 3 3 13

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 10-6 4-4 6-2 W2
New Orleans 11-5 5-3 6-2 L1

Recap

Josh Freeman threw touchdown passes to rookies Mike Williams and Dezmon Briscoe, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers briefly kept their playoff hopes alive with a 23-13 victory over the host New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

The Buccaneers, though, were eliminated from postseason contention when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Chicago Bears 10-3.

The Saints (11-5) finished the regular season with seven victories in their last nine games, and are the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoffs. They will play travel to Seattle to play the AFC West champion Seahawks on Saturday afternoon.

Freeman finished 21 of 26 for 255 yards and Connor Barth kicked three field goals as Tampa Bay (10-6) finished 1-5 against winning teams this season.

Williams caught his NFL-leading 11th touchdown pass among rookies – an 18-yard jump ball in the third quarter – to give the Buccaneers a 20-10 lead.

Briscoe, one of 10 rookies in the starting lineup for Tampa Bay, scored his first career touchdown to put the Buccaneers on top 10-7 in the second quarter.

The Saints’ Drew Brees finished 22 of 38 for 196 yards with an interception and a touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham. It was the rookie tight end’s fourth touchdown catch in his last three games.

Chase Daniel replaced Brees with 9:15 left in the game, and completed his first NFL pass on his first attempt.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Tampa Bay   New Orleans
LeGarrette Blount Player Reggie Bush
19 Attempts 9
66 Yards 70
3.5 Avg Yards 7.8
0 Touchdowns 0
16 Long 23
Receiving
Tampa Bay   New Orleans
Dezmon Briscoe Player Adrian Arrington
4 Receptions 7
65 Yards 79
16.2 Avg Yards 11.3
1 Touchdowns 0
54 Long 17

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Tampa Bay 317 84 233 2 3 1 3.0 2
New Orleans 305 106 199 1 2 0 3.0 2

Upcoming Games

  • New Orleans will play their next game on the road against Seattle. The Saints have a W/L % of .688 after a win and .688 after a loss.
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