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                     === Late FG lifts Saints past Bucs ===
 
 Tampa,  FL (Sports  Network) -  The  revamped Tampa  Bay Buccaneers  secondary
 welcomed  Drew  Brees into  the "No  Fly Zone"  by stifling  him for nearly 59
 minutes.
 
 Good thing Brees still had time on the clock.
 
 Garrett  Hartley's  27-yard field goal as  time expired lifted the New Orleans
 Saints to a 16-14 weather-delayed win over the Buccaneers.
 
 There was a 69-minute lightning delay in the first quarter.
 
 Mason  Foster's  85-yard interception return for  a touchdown gave Tampa Bay a
 14-13  lead  early in the  fourth and  the Bucs later  took 5:50 off the clock
 before  Rian Lindell hooked a 47-yard field goal to the left to give Brees one
 more chance.
 
 He got the ball back with 1:06 to play and immediately went to work.
 
 Brees  hit Jimmy  Graham, who  caught 10  passes for  179 yards  and a  score,
 with  a 15-yard  completion over  the middle.  He then  connected with  Darren
 Sproles   for  an  eight-yard  pickup  before  throwing  a  laser  to  Marques
 Colston on a seam route  for a 31-yard gain down to the Tampa Bay 9-yard line.
 Brees  quickly got up the line, spiked the ball and Hartley split the uprights
 to give New Orleans (2-0) another tight victory.
 
 Brees  registered 54 of  his 322 passing yards on New Orleans' final drive. He
 finished  26-of-46 with  a touchdown and two interceptions. He was sacked four
 times.  He sliced and  diced the Tampa Bay (0-2) secondary last season for 684
 yards and eight scores in two games.
 
 "I  think wins like  this are vital, because no matter what you've done in the
 past  you've got  to kind of prove  it to yourself that this team can overcome
 those  types of  odds and  circumstances to  get  a win  on the  road, in  the
 division," Brees said.
 
 The  much-maligned  Saints defense, who  surrendered an NFL-record 7,042 total
 yards  last season,  held the Tampa Bay  attack to 273 yards. The Rob Ryan-led
 defense  held  the Atlanta Falcons'  potent offense scoreless over their final
 four  drives  in Week  1, the  last of  which ended  when veteran safety Roman
 Harper  intercepted Matt  Ryan in the end zone on 4th-and-goal with 43 seconds
 left.
 
 Doug  Martin carried the ball 29 times for 144 yards for Tampa Bay, which lost
 on  a field  goal in  the final  seconds for  the second  straight week.  Josh
 Freeman  was just  9-of-22 for  125 yards  with a  touchdown and  interception
 in defeat.
 
 Tampa  Bay had the  worst passing defense in the NFL last year, which led to a
 complete  overhaul in  the secondary during the offseason. The Bucs traded for
 Darrelle  Revis, who was coming off an ACL injury, signed touted-safety Dashon
 Goldson  and drafted  cornerback Johnthan Banks in the second round of the NFL
 Draft.
 
 The  drastic changes  in the secondary led  to the Bucs posting a warning sign
 entitled  the  "No Fly Zone" that  hovers over the southwest corner of Raymond
 James  Stadium. The  three-time All-Pro cornerback Revis, who coined the term,
 is  the featured  image. He is shown  waving his hands to signal an imcomplete
 pass. Mark Barron and the All-Pro Goldson are also on the mural.
 
 The Buccaneers allowed 214 yards passing to New York last week.
 
 "I  thought there were  a lot of good things on defense," Tampa Bay coach Greg
 Schiano  said.  "Unfortunately, it'll be  overshadowed by the loss, but that's
 team  sport.  We need to  keep getting better. We  had, really, two bad plays,
 maybe  three, but that's life. It cost us dearly. One was for a touchdown, and
 one put them in position [to win]."
 
 The Saints began the scoring on their opening drive as Brees led them 54 yards
 in 11 plays before Hartley knocked through a 44-yard field goal.
 
 Due  to the  threat of lightning in  the area, play was stopped on the ensuing
 kickoff.  Both  teams headed into  their locker  rooms, while fans scurried to
 find shelter as heavy winds, rain and lightning invaded the stadium.
 
 Following  the stoppage,  Tampa Bay punted five plays later, but Dekoda Watson
 intercepted  Brees on  the first  play of  New Orleans'  next series.  Freeman
 flipped a seven-yard score to Kevin Ogletree seven plays later for a 7-3 Tampa
 Bay spread.
 
 Brees  found Graham  for completions  of  seven and  six yards,  respectively,
 before  concluding a  six-play, 80-yard  march  with a  56-yard TD  pass to  a
 streaking Graham along the left seam to make it 10-7 in favor of New Orleans.
 
 Following  the first  half two-minute  warning,  Brees hooked  up with  Graham
 again,  this time  for  an  apparent 30-yard  touchdown.  Following a  review,
 though, it was ruled that Graham did not get into the end zone.
 
 Tampa Bay was called for an offsides on a 4th-and-2 as Hartley knocked through
 a  20-yard  field goal.  Saints head coach  elected to go  for it on 4th-and-1
 instead  of taking the  points and Mark Ingram was stuffed along the left side
 for no gain, which kept the score at 10-7 heading into the break.
 
 Cameron  Jordan's strip sack of Freeman on a 3rd-and-10 at the New Orleans 36-
 yard  line was  recovered by  Junior Galette.  The Saints  capitalized on  the
 turnover as Hartley nailed a 41-yarder to make it 13-7.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 New  Orleans outgained Tampa Bay, 371-273 ... New Orleans was 5-of-14 on third
 down,  while Tampa  Bay  finished 5-of-13  on  third down  ...  The Bucs  were
 penalized 10 times for 118 yards.
 
 
 
 
 09/16 01:38:44 ET