NEW ORLEANS — The last time Danny Lansanah came to the Superdome, he got on the field on special teams for his first NFL appearance in more than five years. Sunday, he had a much more central role, picking off a Drew Brees pass in the third quarter and returning it 33 yards for a touchdown, his second pick-six of the young season.
"The (defensive) line ... got a hit on the quarterback and made him throw a bad pass," Lansanah said. "I saw the ball in the air and caught it. After that, I'm thinking touchdown. We practice it all the time, and I was lucky enough to get it in."
Bucs defensive end Michael Johnson got a hand on Brees as he threw, and Lansanah sped down the sideline and made a diving flip into the end zone, part of a celebration that drew a 15-yard penalty. He also found the end zone late in the Bucs' loss at Atlanta, intercepting backup QB T.J. Yates.
"We talk about it every day, emphasizing it. That's a big game-changer if you can get turnovers," Lansanah said. "We did that today, but they came out with one big play more than us."
After just one interception in their first four games, the Bucs had three on Sunday, with cornerbacks Johnthan Banks and Alterraun Verner also picking off Brees. It was the first three-INT game for Brees since 2012 — he had just two in the previous 60 games — but that wasn't enough for the Bucs to leave with a win.
"Each one of them was big," coach Lovie Smith said. "We had opportunities for a couple, at least about two or three more that we weren't able to convert on. Danny Lansanah's touchdown is even better. If we just keep playing ball like that, eventually it will go our way."