The Buccaneers-Saints rivalry is the National Football League rivalry between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints. The teams first met in 1977, but the rivalry did not develop until they were assigned to the NFC South in 2002, resulting in two annual meetings. The Saints have a 39-24 series lead. The two teams have only met once in the playoffs, in the NFC Divisional Round in 2020, which the Buccaneers won 30-20.
How Does the Game Go?
The Buccaneers appeared out of sorts and out of ideas during the first 55 minutes of the game. Then Tom Brady recalled who he was. On “Monday Night Football,” Tampa Bay defeated the Saints 17-16 thanks to a furious fourth-quarter rally. The Bucs trailed 16-3 with less than three minutes remaining before scoring touchdowns on their final two plays to secure a last-second victory. Brady fought until the dying minutes but eventually guided his famous career’s 70th game-winning drive. His touchdown pass to Rachaad remaining sealed the deal. The Saints had to end the game, but close calls and questionable judgments cost them a victory.
The Win Was Crucial:
Fans and the media questioned Dennis Allen’s decision to throw with five minutes remaining. Tampa Bay (6-6) needed the win to stay in the NFC South competition. The Buccaneers now lead the Falcons (5-8) in the division by 1.5 games. The Sporting News followed live scoring updates and highlights from the Saints-Buccaneers game.
Central Part of the Game:
The Saints recover, and Ingram returns to the game with a 7-yard catch and run. He still didn’t look right and was on the sideline following the play. He also ducked out of a yard short of the goal line, which New Orleans pays for when a pass on 3rd and inches falls incomplete. The Saints didn’t get the game-winning drive they were hoping for, and they’ll kick it back to Brady and company. Shy Tuttle sacks Brady on first down and second down, resulting in 3rd and 17. Brady throws a shovel pass to White, who only gains 7 yards.
The Saints coaching staff may have gained up to odd personnel decisions and lousy game management. Allen must leave. Carmichael feels the same way. Mickey Loomis and Gayle Benson put them in this position because they planned to return to the playoffs. However, the Saints play much competitive football this season. Every half-competent squad on their schedule has run them over. The sooner Loomis and Benson realise this, the better for everyone.