The New Orleans Saints just did not have good luck on Sunday while playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They suffered two loses, the game as well as their coach to an injury. The Saints lost the game 26-20, and helped the Buc gain back their confidence that they lost last week.
The win pulled the Bucs (4-2) into a first-place tie with the Saints in the NFC South, and stopped the Saints’ winning streak. The game started off bad due to an injury on the Saints’ coach Sean Payton. He was pushed to the ground during a collision with Saints’ tight end Jimmy Graham. Payton’s got his left leg caught, and he suffered a torn ligament and a broken bone.
He had to spend the second half in the training room, and gave the play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael. He will have surgery on his knee some time Monday. Could this possibly have hurt the Saints due to not having a coach on the field?
Well not quite because the Saints had a chance to take the lead late, but quarterback Drew Brees turn an intercepted in the end zone on a fourth-down pass. They were not as lucky as before when they took the lead with 50 seconds left last week against Carolina. They also had four turnovers in the game. Tampa’s defense came ready to play, and they stopped the Saints from scoring their normal 30 points that they have been scoring this season.
The Bucs were leading in the fourth quarter until Mark Ingram’s 12-yard run, and allowed the Saints to be in field goal range. They scored a field goal taking the score to 23-20. Then the Bucs made a field goal of their own, and put them back in the lead. The Bucs took the win with a final score of 26-20, and now they are in the lead with the Saints for the NFC South.
Even though these two teams are tied for NFC South, the Bucs have the lead in the division. The Saints are now 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the division. The Bucs are now 4-2 overall, and 2-0 in the division after beating the Saints. The New Orleans Saints will travel back home to take on the Indianapolis Colts next week.
About the Author
Written by Brooke Adams
I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. I am currently a senior at Xavier University of Louisiana. I am majoring in communications (broadcasting). I write for the school newspaper as well as write for the newscast. I am a reporter for XTV news. I hope to one day be a sports reporter for a professional sports team or work as a sports reporter for a news station.