• Fago Franklin III

Mistakes cost the Bucs' big, as they dropped their first game of the season to the Saints, 34-23

Tampa Bay- Miscues halted Tampa Bay, as they drop their first game of the season to the New Orleans Saints, 34-23.



In the first half, Tampa Bay scored their first points of the season, as Tom Brady called his own number at the one-yard line, to go atop of the Saints 7-0 in the first quarter. The Bucs' defense was flying at the Saints' wide receivers and not giving them an inch to beat them down the field. In the second quarter, the New Orleans Saints got on the board with a 12-yard screen pass and run from Alvin Kamara to tie up the game, 7-7.


On the ensuing possession after the Saints' touchdown, Tom Brady and Mike Evans had some type of miscommunication, as Brady threw his first interception in a Bucs' uniform. The Saints' took advantage of the turnover, as Kamara scored on a six-yard run to the endzone, to go up 14-7. Special teams came up big for the Saints, as the Bucs attempted to try a 54-yard field goal attempt, but it was blocked before the end of the half. The Saints took advantage of the field position and kicked a field goal to go up 17-7 at the end of the quarter.


On the first possession in the second half, Brady threw his second pick of the day, as it was taken back for a Saints' touchdown, 24-7. After the pick, Brady gathered himself and three plays later, Brady threw a touchdown dart to OJ Howard to climb back in the game, 24-14. With three minutes left in the third quarter, Tampa Bay kicked a field goal to cut the Saints' lead to seven, 24-17.


Drew Brees threw a 45-yard pass to Jared Cook,which put the the Saints in the redzone. Two plays later, Brees threw a five-yard dart to Emmanuel Saunders, who finished off the drive with a touchdown to go up 31-17. After the Saints' touchdown, the Bucs muffed a kickoff return to give the ball back to New Orleans. The Saints took advantage of the turnover and added three points to their score to make it 34-17 midway in the fourth quarter. Brady threw a touchdown pass to Mike Evans to make the score respectable, 34-23.


Brady finished the game 23 out of 36 for 239 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions.



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