Thursday, April 26, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Saints 41, Bucs 0

First quarter
Scores
Saints 7-011:127 plays, 74 yards, 3:48
David Thomas 9-yard pass from Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley kick). Key plays: TE Jimmy Graham 13 pass from Brees to NO 39; Marques Colston 13 pass from Brees to NO 42; Darren Sproles 15 run to TB 43; RB Pierre Thomas 20 pass from Brees to TB 11.


Second quarter
Scores
Saints 10-013:2311 plays, 74 yards, 5:43
Garrett Hartley 25-yard field goal. Key plays: Graham 15 pass from Brees on third and 4 to NO 40; WR Devery Henderson 13 run to TB 44; Marques Colston 26 pass from Brees to TB 18; Lance Moore 12 pass from Brees to TB 6.
Saints 17-04:578 plays, 51 yards, 4:26
Darren Sproles 2-yard pass from Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley kick). Key plays: Hold on CB Anthony Gaitor on second and 18, to NO 46; Colston 21 pass from Brees to TB 34; Moore 16 pass from Brees to TB 9.
Saints 24-0:095 plays, 38 yards, :55
Lance Moore 7-yard pass from Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley kick). Key plays: Sproles 37 punt return to TB 38; Graham 7 pass from Brees to TB 31; Graham 24 pass from Brees on third and 3 to TB 7.


Third quarter
Scores
Saints 31-09:058 plays, 92 yards, 4:24
Joseph Morgan 34-yard pass from Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley kick). Key plays: Mark Ingram 31 run to NO 39; Sproles 7 run to TB 49; Graham 10 pass from Brees on third and 2 to TB 31.


Fourth quarter
Scores
Saints 34-08:098 plays, 63 yards, 2:46
Garrett Hartley 36-yard field goal. Key plays: Ingram 26 run to TB 47; Morgan 27 pass from Brees to TB 20.
Saints 41-04:543 plays, 43 yards, 1:32
Mark Ingram 11-yard run (Garrett Hartley kick). Key plays: DE Cam­eron Jordan recovery of QB Josh Freeman fumble at TB 43; pass interference on SS Mark Barron on third and 18, to TB 11.

Comments
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