Greetings from the Superdome, where we'll have updates throughout today's Bucs-Saints game. New Orleans has won the last five meetings between the two and is especially tough at home, but it's the Bucs who are coming off a strong win at Pittsburgh, while the Saints were routed by Dallas last week.
The Bucs will again go without middle linebacker Mason Foster, who misses a third straight game with his shoulder injury, and WR Mike Evans, S Dashon Goldson, QB Josh McCown and DE Larry English are also out with injuries.
4:20 p.m.: Alterraun Verner picked off a Drew Brees pass with 0:16 left, and the Bucs and Saints are headed to overtime.
4:05 p.m.: Saints have another drive stall in Bucs territory -- Shayne Graham's 44-yard field goal ties the game at 31-31 with 2:30 left. Big play by Lavonte David for an 8-yard loss on second down.
3:55 p.m.: Bad possession for Bucs -- holding penalty, snap that bounces off Vincent Jackson in motion for 8-yard loss, then two more penalties to back Bucs up inside their 1-yard line. Mike Glennon is sacked on third down for a safety -- Bucs' lead is 31-28 and Saints have the ball with 6:38 left ...
3:45 p.m.: The Saints went 78 yards for a touchdown of their own, but the Bucs defense held on a two-point conversion attempt. Bucs have the ball and a five-point lead with 9:28 left ...
3:35 p.m.: Mike Glennon has done it again -- hit rookie Robert Herron for a 9-yard touchdown and a 31-20 lead with 13:28 left in the game.
3:15 p.m.: The Saints aren't going away just yet. Drew Brees drives down to the goal line and hits Travaris Cadet for a 5-yard touchdown, cutting the Bucs' lead to 24-20 with 4:57 left in the third.
3:05 p.m.: Danny Lansanah! The linebacker has his second pick-six of the young season -- Michael Johnson gets pressure on Drew Brees, and Lansanah picks off a wobbly pass and returns it 33 yards for a score and an improbable 24-13 lead, 11:20 still left in the third.
2:55 p.m.: The Bucs have started the second half where they left off -- Mike Glennon leads the offense down the field for an 80-yard touchdown driv. He goes 4-for-4 for 52 yards and Bobby Rainey runs 9 yards for a touchdown and a 17-13 lead on New Orleans. The Saints will play rest of the game without two key players who are injured: center Jonathan Goodwin and tight end Jimmy Graham.
2:30 p.m.: Bucs have stunned the Saints for 10 points in the final two minutes of the first half -- first, three on a 55-yard field goal by Patrick Murray. Then after a Johnthan Banks interception, the Bucs get a touchdown as Mike Glennon hits Louis Murphy for a 20-yard score with 0:20 left in the half. Once down 13-0, it's now 13-10, a much different game at halftime.
1:55 p.m.: This time, the Saints convert in the red zone -- Drew Brees on a third-and-12 finds Pierre Thomas on a screen over a Bucs blitz, and it's 13-0 now in the Superdome. Yardage isn't even as close -- Saints over 200 yards, Bucs with one first down.
1:35 p.m.: Another long Saints drive, but only a Shayne Graham field goal. Bucs' red-zone defense holds after giving up five first downs as the Saints march down the field. Still, 6-0 is a reasonable deficit early on.
1:15 p.m.: Drew Brees is throwing the ball well early -- he hits WR Marques Colston for a 36-yard gain down the middle, and the Bucs defense steps up to hold the Saints to a 30-yard Shayne Graham field goal. New Orleans is up 3-0, 9:46 still left in the first quarter.