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Bucs lose late lead, fall to Saints in OT, 37-31

Published Oct. 5, 2014

NEW ORLEANS -- The Bucs had an 11-point lead with 10 minutes to play, but Drew Brees and the Saints rallied to force overtime, then marched 80 yards in the extra period for a touchdown and a 37-31 victory at Superdome.

The Bucs (1-4) led 31-20 in the fourth, but saw the Saints get a touchdown, safety and field goal to send the game to overtime. Drew Brees threw for 371 yards, but it was Robinson who had the final four carries, the last the game-winning touchdown.

The Bucs defense had come through with four takeaways in regulation -- the last was an interception by Alterraun Verner with 0:16 left to force overtime. But they couldn't get off the field late, including a penalty on Johnthan Banks after a third-down incompletion in overtime.

The Bucs' comeback started with two minutes left in the first half, as Patrick Murray hit a 55-yard field goal to cut the Saints' lead to 13-3. Johnthan Banks intercepted a Drew Brees pass, and the Bucs capitolized as Glennon threw a touchdown to Louis Murphy with 20 seconds left in the half, cutting the halftime lead to 13-10.

The Bucs kept going in the third quarter, driving 80 yards and taking the lead on a Bobby Rainey touchdown. Three plays later, Bucs linebacker Danny Lansanah picked off a Brees pass and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown and a 24-13 lead. The play was Lansanah's second pick-six in five games this season.

Brees answered with a touchdown to Travaris Cadet to cut the lead to 24-20, but Glennon countered with a touchdown on a 9-yard pass to rookie Robert Herron for a 31-20 lead.

Pierre Thomas 27-yard touchdown cut the Bucs' lead to 31-26, but the Saints came up short going for two. But a safety when Glennon was sacked cut the lead to three, and the Saints turned the free kick into a field goal to tie the game at 31-31 with 2:30 left.

The Saints had won nine straight games at home coming in, going back to the 2012 season, and head coach Sean Payton hadn't lost a game at home since 2010. New Orleans had won five straight games to the Bucs, matching the second-longest streak by any opponent entering the game.