Bucs QB Jameis Winston, WR Mike Evans set National Football League records in win

Tyler Owen
January 1, 2018

Perhaps the Saints can chalk up this game to an emotional letdown in front of a sparse crowd after they had already clinched a playoff berth one week earlier with their most emotional victory of the season at home against the Falcons.

With the Saints leading 24-23, a New Orleans punt was downed at Tampa Bay's 5-yard line.

Brees completed 5-of-6 passes for 57 yards during the 13-play, 92-yard drive, including a 3-yard touchdown to running back Zach Line with 7:13 remaining. The Bucs dominated time of possession thanks to two 75-yard scoring drives plus converting on an wonderful 10 of 11 third-down attempts.

New Orleans struggled at times in every unit.

Winston led a pair of 75-yard scoring drives in the opening half, but was also intercepted twice before halftime.

But Saints return man Tommylee Lewis was stripped by Tampa Bay's Josh Robinson and the fumble was recovered by Isaiah Johnson, who scooped it up and scored from the 7.

Godwin has seven receptions for 111 yards.

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Tampa made the final 31-24 when it made a two-point conversion after the Godwin touchdown.

Winston's ill-advised end-zone pick to Saints rookie safety Marcus Williams, his second interception of the game, led to Wil Lutz's 48-yard field goal and a 17-13 New Orleans advantage after three quarters.

Brees turned one of the mistakes into the Saints' first touchdown, throwing 43 yards to Michael Thomas to set up Kamara's TD run that finished a 65-yard drive.

Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan picked up his 13th sack of the season, on a play that ended the first half.

The Pro Bowlers were already the only teammates in National Football League history with 1,300-plus scrimmage yards & more than 10 touchdowns in same season.

The rookie's 7-yard TD run on the Saints' first offensive possession made it 14-7. He was stopped initially, but second and third efforts got him across. Murray's extra-point attempt gave the Bucs a 20-17 lead.

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