Needing a win to keep their momentum towards a potential Wild Card berth, the Bucs came out flat from the start in this key division match-up and having fallen behind early, never got themselves realistically back into the game and hence fell to 6-7 on the season, two games back on both Minnesota and Seattle. It was a case of the usual suspects, key penalties, dropped passes and failing to get off the field on third downs on defense. The offense was held to one of its lowest outputs of the season and the Bucs only had possession for 22:46 as a combination of a ball-control rushing offense and Drew Brees’ arm kept the Saints in control from the opening drive of the game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 New Orleans Saints 24Sunday 13 December 2015 at Raymond James Stadium
SCORINGNO8:33-1QColston 3 pass from Brees (Forbath kick)NO11:57-2QColston 1 pass from Brees (Forbath kick)TB8:04-2QMartin 14 run (Barth kick)NO1:02-2QForbath FG23TB0:03-2QBarth FG39NO0:53-3QHightower 3 run (Forbath kick)TB8:56-4QHumphries 6 pass from Winston (Barth kick)
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSRUSHINGBUCS: Martin 11-81, Winston 3-24, Sims 5-10.SAINTS: Hightower 28-85, Spiller 3-2, Brees 3-0, Murphy 1-0.PASSINGBUCS: Winston 32-18-182-0-1.SAINTS: Brees 41-31-312-0-2.RECEIVINGBUCS: Sims 6-64, Evans 3-39, Seferian-Jenkins 3-31, Brate 2-16, Dye 1-16, Humphries 1-6, Martin 1-5, Jackson 1-5.SAINTS: Snead 7-122, Watson 7-70, Colston 6-36, Coleman 3-32, Cooks 3-29, Spiller 3-7, Hightower 1-10, Hill 1-6.INTERCEPTIONSBUCS: none.SAINTS: none.KICK RETURNSBUCS: Rainey 1-31.SAINTS: Hill 1-0.PUNT RETURNSBUCS: Rainey 0-0.SAINTS: Murphy 1-6, Byrd 1-1.SACKSBUCS: Carter 1-11, Melton 1-0.SAINTS: Gwacham 1-6.
GAME HIGHLIGHTS Click on the boxes below to view the clipsBruce Carter takes down Drew Brees for his first sack as a BuccaneerDoug Martin’s 14-yard run was the first Tampa Bay touchdownAdam Humphries caught his first NFL touchdown on a clever play design