NFL Game Summary - New Orleans at Tampa Bay|
(Sunday, October 17th)
Final Score: New Orleans 31, Tampa Bay 6
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Drew Brees threw for 263 yards and three
touchdowns, as the New Orleans Saints dominated in a 31-6 win over the Tampa
Brees completed 21-of-32 passes and was intercepted once for the Saints (4-2),
who rebounded nicely from last week's loss to Arizona. Rookie running back
Chris Ivory broke out for a career-high 158 yards on 15 carries, while Robert
Meachem and Lance Moore each had a touchdown reception.
"I thought he played solid," Saints head coach Sean Payton said of Ivory. "He
did a real good job. Obviously he runs hard. He had a ball out and a couple
missed assignments, but he just keeps getting better."
Josh Freeman was 25-of-43 for 219 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown, but
the Buccaneers (3-2) had virtually no running attack. Cadillac Williams, with
10 carries for 18 yards, was the leading rusher for Tampa Bay, which was
coming off last week's victory in Cincinnati and had a chance to surpass its
2009 win total.
The Saints went ahead on their first possession, despite starting as their own
six-yard line. But Ivory opened the drive with an 18-yard run, and New Orleans
didn't even face a third down, scoring when Brees fired a 41-yard strike to
Moore down the right sideline.
After the Buccaneers punted, the Saints went on a scoring drive that bridged
into the second quarter. They reached the end zone on another long pass from
Brees, who threaded the ball to Meachem on the right side of the field.
Meachem made the catch near the five and got across the goal line to complete
the 42-yard play, despite the presence of two defenders.
The Bucs got close to midfield before punting, forcing the Saints to start at
their own 13. New Orleans traveled 94 and 80 yards on its first two drives and
once more got deep into Tampa territory. But on 3rd-and-5 from the 10, Brees'
pass was incomplete and Garrett Hartley kicked a 27-yard field goal with 4:33
Connor Barth missed a 40-yard field goal on Tampa Bay's ensuing possession,
and the Saints threatened in the remaining time. But Cody Grimm picked off
Brees with under half a minute to play, and the Saints took the 17-0 lead into
New Orleans was right back at it to start the third quarter, getting to the
Tampa 15 before the drive stalled. However, Hartley missed a 33-yarder,
continuing his and the Saints' kicking woes.
Hartley has made just 5-of-9 field goals this season, and missed a potential
game-winning field goal in overtime against Atlanta in Week 3. That prompted
the Saints to sign John Carney, who missed a key field goal try last week and
was released Tuesday.
But New Orleans' offense got another chance after Williams fumbled near
midfield. Working with the short field, the Saints needed eight plays to get
into the end zone, scoring on Brees' four-yard pass to Heath Evans with under
two minutes on the clock.
The Bucs cracked the scoreboard when Freeman's two-yard pass to Micheal
Spurlock with 5:35 left capped a 14-play, 88-yard scoring drive. But the
Saints responded with a one-yard touchdown from Ladell Betts to cement the
"They did a good job of running the football and dialing up plays when we
weren't in premium coverages...They came out with their 'A' game," Bucs
linebacker Quincy Black said of the Saints.
Ivory entered the game with 119 rushing yards through three games...Williams
caught seven passes for 63 yards to lead Tampa...The Saints had committed nine
turnovers in their past three games entering Sunday, but turned the ball over
just once...Meachem finished with four catches for 71 yards, while Marques
Colston had a team-high five receptions for 53 yards.
10/17 22:04:48 ET