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Live blog: Saints rally from 11-point deficit to beat Bucs, 28-14

Trailing 14-3 at halftime, New Orleans scores 25 unanswered points in the second half to drop Tampa Bay to 5-8.
Mike Evans pulls in a pass over Marshon Lattimore during the first quarter. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published Dec. 9, 2018
Updated Dec. 9, 2018

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Bucs fall flat in second half, lose 28-14 to Saints

New Orleans Saints fullback Zach Line (42) celebrates a third-quarter touchdown. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]

TAMPA — After winning back-to-back home games against San Francisco and Carolina, the Bucs' season had suddenly gained steam entering Sunday’s division contest against New Orleans.

They were playing mistake-free football, getting takeaways and being more stout on defense.

But the Saints showed that momentum might have been a mirage. Or maybe, the Bucs just went back to being their own worst enemy.

Read Eduardo A. Encina’s full story here.

Fourth quarter

Marshon Lattimore intercepts Winston in the end zone with 1 second remaining, and the Saints will win.

Will Lutz converts from 36 yards out, giving Saints 28-14 lead with just over a minute remaining.

Saints use final timeout with 1:15 remaining.

Taysom Hill tackled at the 18, bringing up fourth down.

Another Kamara run brings up third-and-8 at the two-minute warning.

Kamara takes the ball down to the 15.

Call is reversed following replay challenge. So, Saints have a first down at the Bucs 14.

Pass for Michael Thomas ruled incomplete, bringing up fourth-and-1. But did Thomas have control before the ball touched the ground?

Thomas close to another first down. It’s now third-and-1.

Kamara goes around left end to pick up another first down. Saints at the Bucs 32.

Ugh. Alvin Kamara picks up 15 yards on a screen pass, and it’s a first down for the Saints with 5:04 remaining.

Winston sacked by Sheldon Rankins, and the Bucs will have to punt.

Winston throws too high for Humphries, and it’s now third-and-10.

Winston finds Mike Evans for a first down at the Bucs 42.

Bucs start at their 25.


Wow. Mark Ingram powers his way through the Bucs defense for a 17-yard touchdown. Some tough running right there. Saints extend their lead to 25-14 with 7:26 to play.

Alvin Kamara picks up 9 yards around right end.

Brees finds Benjamin Watson for another first down, at the Bucs 26.

Brees throws to Thomas for 11 yards and a first down at the Bucs 37.

After a facemask (declined) and false start penalty against Demar Dotson, Bucs punt back to the Saints.

Bucs will start at their 9 after an illegal double team block by Anthony Auclair.

Brees dives over the top of the pile for a Saints touchdown. New Orleans takes its first lead of the game, 18-14, with 11:46 remaining.

Thomas stopped just short of the goal line on a quick pass. It’s now 4th-and-goal from the 1.

Mark Ingram carries to the 2, and it’s third-and-goal for the Saints.

Third quarter

Brees connects with Kamara for a first down inside the 20 as the third quarter expires.

Carl Nassib with a nice stop on Kamara, bringing up 3rd-and-2.

Alvin Kamara carries for 8 yards to the 23.

Drew Brees hits Tommylee Lewis for 20 yards and a Saints first down at the Bucs 31.

Jameis Winston dropped for a big loss on third down, and the Bucs will punt again.

Alvin Kamara picks up the two-point conversion on a toss left, and the Saints trail 14-11 with 4:43 left in the third.

The Saints get into the end zone for the first time today on Brees' 1-yard pass to Zach Line.

Kamara takes a toss around left end and gets to the 1.

Alvin Kamara makes a stumbling catch, giving the Saints a first down at the 8.

And now Mark Ingram carries for 11 yards to the 19.

Ouch. Taysom Hill blocks a Bryan Anger punt, and the Saints will get the ball at the Bucs 30.

Winston again overthrows Chris Godwin deep downfield.

Vinny Curry stops Mark Ingram on a 3rd-and-1 run, and the Saints will have to give the ball back to the Bucs.

Oh, my. Cairo Santos misses a 40-yard field goal attempt — his second miss of the day — and the Bucs come away empty-handed.

Carl Nassib knocks the ball out of Drew Brees' hands at the start of the third quarter, and Jason Pierre-Paul recovers at the Saints 27.

Bucs lead Saints 14-3 at halftime on Cameron Brate’s two TD catches

Bucs tight end Cameron Brate (84) celebrates a touchdown reception with wide receiver Mike Evans (13) during the first quarter. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]

TAMPA — The Bucs have kept the NFL’s second-highest scoring offense out of the end zone in the first half, taking a 14-3 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Bucs took advantage of Adarius Taylor’s interception of Saints quarterback Drew Brees with 2:22 left in the second quarter.

Jameis Winston then threw his second touchdown pass of the game — both to Cameron Brate — in the half’s final 26 seconds.

Read Eduardo A. Encina’s full story here.

Second quarter

Looked like Winston hit on plant leg after throwing the pass. He leaves the field early to have the leg examined.

Touchdown, Bucs! Winston hits Cameron Brate in the end zone for the second time today. Bucs extend lead to 14-3 with 26 seconds left in the half.

Demario Davis penalized for contact on a defenseless player after hit on Peyton Barber, moving the ball to the Saints 22.

Wow! Adarius Taylor intercepts screen pass intended for Mark Ingram, and the Bucs have the ball at the Saints 39.

Winston not happy with Jensen, and a heated exchange takes place on the sideline.

Ryan Jensen (who else?) penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct at the end of the play, pushing Bucs even farther back.

Alex Okafor tackles Bobo Wilson short of the first down, and Bucs will have to punt.

Bucs face third-and-19 after a short run by Winston.

Back-to-back holding penalties on Donovan Smith and Ryan Jensen push the Bucs back. It’s now 1st-and-25.

Chris Godwin makes a catch and fumbles as he is hit. Cameron Brate recovers for Bucs.

Will Lutz is good from 30 yards, and the Saints trim their deficit to 7-3 with 7:09 left in the half.

Brees overthrows Thomas in the end zone on 3rd-and-3, bringing out the field-goal unit.

Saints inside the Bucs 20 on a crossing pattern to Michael Thomas.

Thomas leveled by Jordan Whitehead after a 6-yard reception.

Saints pick up another first down on a Brees pass to Benjamin Watson.

Drew Brees hits Michael Thomas on a slant for 18 yards into Bucs territory.

Cairo Santos hits the right upright on a 46-yard field goal attempt.

Third-and-8 from the 20. Winston sacked by Cam Jordan and Marcus Davenport. Saints decline holding penalty, bringing up fourth down.

Winston throws for Godwin in the end zone, but Godwin and Apple get their feet tangled and fall down.

Winston runs up the middle for 17 yards and a first down at the Saints 22.

Eli Apple breaks up pass intended for Chris Godwin. It’s now 3rd-and-9 from the Saints 39.

Jacquizz Rodgers, in for Barber, picks up a first down to the Saints 40.

Peyton Barber shaken up after an early second-quarter carry.

First quarter

Winston spots Anthony Auclair over the middle for 13 yards across midfield.

Humphries returns the punt 22 yards, but illegal block in the back by Cameron Lynch will bring it back.

Brees throws to Keith Kirkwood, but it’s well short of the first-down marker and the Saints will punt.

Carl Nassib throws Alvin Kamara back for a loss of 8. Saints face third-and-17 from deep in their own territory.

Winston throws incomplete on 3rd-and-8 from the Saints 48, and the Bucs will have to give the ball up.

Winston hits Adam Humphries downfield on third down, and Humphries holds on despite a hard hit from Marcus Williams, who separates Humphries from his helmet.

Winston overthrows a double-covered Godwin deep downfield.

Winston throws incomplete for Chris Godwin on third down, but interference penalty on Eli Apple gives Bucs a first down.

Jason Pierre-Paul bats down Brees' third-down pass, and the Saints will have to punt.

Screen pass to Alvin Kamara gains just three yards, and Saints face 3rd-and-15. Kevin Minter on the tackle.

It’s now 2nd-and-18 for the Saints from the 50.

Mark Ingram finds a big hole up the middle, gaining 15 yards to the 27. However, a holding penalty negates the run.

Brees goes back to Thomas on the next play, picking up 20 yards to the Bucs 42.

Drew Brees finds Michael Thomas over the middle on 3rd-and-8, and Thomas just does get the first down.

Winston connects with Cameron Brate for an 11-yard touchdown, despite Vonn Bell’s best efforts to interference with the Bucs tight end. Bucs lead, 7-0, with 12:19 left in the first.

Winston looks for Chris Godwin in the end zone, but Eli Apple breaks up the pass. Brings up 3rd-and-9.

Winston scrambles left and picks up 14 more yards. Bucs set up with a first down at the Saints 12.

And now Peyton Barber carries for 13 yards to the 26.

Jameis Winston hits Mike Evans in stride down the right sideline for 36 yards to the Saints 39.

Wet field conditions; Jason Pierre-Paul, Demar Dotson active; Carlton Davis out

Players test their footing before Sunday's Bucs-Saints game at Raymond James Stadium. [EDUARDO A. ENCINA | Times]

TAMPA — The Bucs will play today’s game against the New Orleans Saints on a wet field at Raymond James Stadium.

But, considering the sloppy conditions that were anticipated, it appears the conditions could have been a lot worse.

A tarp was covering the field this morning as the worst storms hit Tampa. But, with two hours before game time, the tarp was removed to allow players to begin their pregame routines on the field.

The rain is expected to be mostly cleared by kickoff at 1 p.m.

As for the inactives, Bucs cornerback Carlton Davis is among them. He returned to practice this week after missing last week with a knee injury but was listed as doubtful.

Offensive tackle Demar Dotson, who was limited earlier in the week with a hamstring, and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who didn’t practice Wednesday and Thursday with a knee injury, are both active. Both were listed as questionable on Friday.

Read Eduardo A. Encina’s full story here.

Pregame reading

Saints head coach Sean Payton, left, shakes hands with Bucs coach Dirk Koetter, right, after Tampa Bay won the first meeting between the teams, 48-40, in September in New Orleans. [AP Photo/Butch Dill]

The lesson of Tampa Bay’s biggest win this season

Jameis Winston may be better off without DeSean Jackson

Javien Elliott settles in with Bucs as hometown deals with hurricane aftermath

Evaluating the Bucs' rookie class | Bucs-Saints predictions

Biggest difference between Bucs and Saints isn’t what you think

Weather could play a role in today’s game

Podcast: Can Bucs beat Saints for a second time this season?

Countdown to kickoff

Defensive line coach Brentson Buckner talks to his unit before the game. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Linebacker Cameron Lynch (52) greets cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (28) before the game. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) warms up before the game. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]

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