New Orleans 35, Tampa Bay 28

Date - 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, October 21, 2012
Location - Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Temperature - 77°
Head Official - Jerome Boger
Attendance - 58906

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
New Orleans 7 21 0 7 35
Tampa Bay 14 7 0 7 28

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
New Orleans 0-0 0-0 0-0 W2
Tampa Bay 0-0 0-0 0-0 L1


Saints 35, Buccaneers 28: Drew Brees threw four touchdown passes as visiting New Orleans held off Tampa Bay for its second straight win.

The Buccaneers (2-4) appeared to tie the score on the last play of the game when Josh Freeman, who threw for a career-high 420 yards, completed a pass to Mike Williams in the back of the end zone. But Williams had stepped out of bounds before making the catch and was penalized for illegal touching.

Vincent Jackson caught seven passes for a team-record 216 yards but his potential tying TD was negated when he was ruled out of the back of the end zone with 5 seconds to play.

Brees hit seven different receivers in the game and passed for 377 yards while completing 27 of 37 attempts. Brees, who has thrown 11 touchdown passes in his last three games, had three scoring strikes in the second quarter as the Saints (2-4) turned a 14-0 deficit into a 28-21 halftime lead. Darren Sproles, Joseph Morgan and David Thomas were on the receiving end of the touchdown receptions in the big second quarter.

Running back Pierre Thomas scored his first touchdown of the season on a 5-yard run early in the fourth quarter to give the Saints breathing room, but the Bucs cut the deficit to 35-28 on a 3-yard pass from Freeman to tight end Dallas Clark with 4:10 to play.

GAME NOTEBOOK: New Orleans played without TE Jimmy Graham, who didn't make the trip due to a sprained ankle. ... Brees increased his NFL record by throwing a touchdown pass for the 49th straight game. ... Jonathan Vilma, appealing a season-long suspension for his alleged part in the bounty scandal, made his debut at linebacker for the Saints. ... The Bucs had a chance to tie the game at 28 late in the third quarter after Freeman hit Jackson with a 95-yard pass play, but Tampa Bay was denied four times from inside the 2-yard line by the Saints' defense.

Top Game Performances

New Orleans   Tampa Bay
Pierre Thomas Player Doug Martin
13 Attempts 16
32 Yards 85
2.5 Avg Yards 5.3
1 Touchdowns 1
6 Long 36
New Orleans   Tampa Bay
Lance Moore Player Vincent Jackson
9 Receptions 7
121 Yards 216
13.4 Avg Yards 30.9
0 Touchdowns 1
35 Long 95

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
New Orleans 458 81 377 5 0 0 2.0 1
Tampa Bay 513 102 411 4 0 1 0.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Tampa Bay will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Buccaneers have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • New Orleans will play their next game on the road against Denver. The Saints have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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