INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSRUSHINGBUCS: Williams 24-129, Ward 7-32, Graham 1-8, Freeman 2-7.SAINTS: Thomas 6-60, Hamilton 7-21, Bell 7-20, Bush 2-16, Meachem 1-7.PASSINGBUCS: Freeman 31-21-271-2-0.SAINTS: Brees 37-32-258-0-1.RECEIVINGBUCS: Bryant 5-52, Winslow 4-76, Graham 4-43, Williams 3-19, Stovall 2-47, Clark 1-15, Clayton 1-10, Stevens 1-7.SAINTS: Colston 8-77, Bush 6-37, Meachem 5-66, Henderson 5-35, Thomas 5-25, Hamilton 2-10, Eckel 1-8.INTERCEPTIONSBUCS: none.SAINTS: Sharper 1-21, Porter 1-0.KICK RETURNSBUCS: Spurlock 5-116.SAINTS: Roby 3-65.PUNT RETURNSBUCS: Spurlock 2-80.SAINTS: Bush 1-14.SACKSBUCS: Hayes 1-9.SAINTS: Smith 1-3, Grant 1-3, Hargrove 1-2.
If the win in Seattle the previous week had been a surprise, this road victory over the 13-1 Saints stunned everybody. The Bucs trailed 17-0 just before half-time, fought back to within seven and then watched as Micheal Spurlock took a punt back for a touchdown to tie the scores with just over two minutes left. And then in overtime, the Bucs turned to Cadillac Williams, who sandwiched 40 yards of rushing gains around an 8-yard scramble by Josh Freeman on a third-and-5 play to set up Connor Barth's 47-yard winning field goal. “It was a well-fought game by a really proud football team," Morris said. "I always knew they had this in them and I've felt all along that they were getting better."
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20 New Orleans Saints 17Sunday 27 December 2009 at the Superdome
SCORINGNO 6:47-1QThomas 8 run (Hartley kick)NO 1:32-1Q Meachem 30 pass from Brees (Hartley kick)NO 6:39-2Q Hartley FG28TB 0:00-2Q Barth FG34TB 13:14-4Q Williams 23 run (Barth kick)TB 2:25-4Q Spurlock 77 punt return (Barth kick)TB 8:06-OT Barth FG47
GAME HIGHLIGHTS Click on the boxes below to watch the clipCadillac Williams’ 23-yard scoring run began the 4th quarter Buccaneer comebackAnd then Micheal Spurlock did his thing again with a stunning punt return touchdownConnor Barth then wins it for Tampa Bay with his second field-goal of the game