Bucs beat Saints, 26-20

7:37 PM, Oct 16, 2011   |    comments
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Tampa, FL --Josh Freeman threw for 303 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Earnest Graham rushed for 109 yards, as the Bucs defeated the New Orleans Saints, 26-20.  The win puts the Bucs in a first-place tie with the Saints in the NFC South, at 4-2.

A Da'Quan Bowers fumble recovery set the Buccaneers up on the New Orleans 33-yard line which led to a Connor Barth 48-yard field goal, to put the Bucs up 3-0 in the 1st.

Saints answered right back after that, Drew Brees linked up with Marques Colston for a 38-yard touchdown on the Saints next drive putting them up 7-3.

2nd quarter, Josh Freeman would air out his longest touchdown of the season, a 65-yard eauty to Arelious Benn. Buccaneers would take the lead back 10-7.

With 5:26 left in the first half, Barth would stretch the Buccaneers lead with a 42-yard field goal making it 13-7, Tampa Bay.

A Tanard Jackson interception and 16-yard return would put the ball back in the hands of the Bucs leading to another Freeman touchdown. This time Freeman found Preston Parker for a 19-yard touchdown, Bucs on top 20-7.

Saints would drive down the field before the end of the half for a 33-yard John Kasay field goal making it 20-10 Buccaneers at halftime.

The Saints would open up the 3rd quarter by driving down the field, but once again they did not see the endzone. Instead the Saints settled for another Kasay field goal of 24-yards making it 20-13 Buccaneers.

Buccaneers answered with a 57-yard drive resulting in a Connor Barth 42-yard field goal to put the Bucs up 23-13.

The Saints would find the end zone in the 4th quarter. Drew Brees connected with Lance Moore on a 40-yard reception which led to a Mark Ingram 12-yard rushing touchdown putting the Saints within 3 points, down 23-20 in the 4th.

With 7:29 remaining in the 4th quarter, Barth kicked a 38-yard field goal to stretch Tampa Bay's lead to 6, up 26-20.

With 3:16 left in the game, The Saints went for it on 4th and 2 from the Buccaneers 5-yard line, Brees threw to the end zone and was picked off by Quincy Back to end their drive.

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