Buccaneers-Saints: A by-the-numbers look at the Tampa Bay’s 48-40 win

Bucs wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) celebrates his first-quarter touchdown reception with wide receiver Chris Godwin. [AP Photo/Butch Dill]
Bucs wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) celebrates his first-quarter touchdown reception with wide receiver Chris Godwin. [AP Photo/Butch Dill]
Published September 9 2018
Updated September 9 2018

Here's a by-the-numbers look at the Bucs' 48-40 upset win over the Saints on Sunday:

48

Points the Bucs scored Sunday, tying a franchise record for points scored in a regular-season game. They last scored 48 points in December 2001, also against the Saints. They also scored 48 points in Super Bowl XXXVII.

88

Combined points, making Sunday's game the second-highest scoring game in Bucs history. The Jets and Bucs combined to score 90 in 1985, when New York beat Tampa Bay 62-28.

1

Times an NFL game has ended in a score of 48-40. It is the 1,040th unique final score in league history, according to NFL Scorigami.

31

Points the Bucs scored in the first half, also tying a franchise record. Tampa Bay scored 31 points in December 1996 against the Bears and in October 2000 against the Vikings. The Saints hadn't allowed 31 points in the first half since January 2017 against the Falcons.

8.5

Points the Bucs averaged during the first half of games last season, the sixth-lowest average.

158.3

Ryan Fitzpatrick's passer rating in the first half, the highest possible rating. He completed 11 of 14 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown. He finished the game with a 156.3 rating.

417

Fitzpatrick's passing yards Sunday, a career high.

4

Fitzpatrick touchdown passes. It's the eighth time he has thrown that many in a game. He threw six in a Texans' 45-21 over the Titans in November 2011.

58

Yards DeSean Jackson gained on a touchdown in the first quarter. The most he gained on a play last season was 41 yards. He had at least one 60-yard play in his previous nine seasons. It also was Fitzpatrick's longest pass play since 2015.

9

Plays the Bucs executed of 20 or more yards. They executed 3.3 per game last season.

+2

The Bucs' turnover margin. They were 2-1 last season in games in which they had a turnover margin of two or more.

37

Drew Brees touchdown passes in season openers, most all-time. Before Sunday, Peyton Manning had held the record, with 34.

$94

Cheapest direct flight from Tampa to Super Bowl LIII host Atlanta on Feb. 2 via Southwest.

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