The Saints made history against the Buccaneers with a 9-0 victory on Sunday Night Football.
New Orleans executed their first shut out win since they defeated Tampa Bay 41-0 on Dec. 16, 2012. Although neither team scored a touchdown, New Orleans' defense made several key stops that consistently prevented Tampa Bay from getting any opportunities.
Defensive end Cameron Jordan recorded two of the Buccaneers' four sacks against Tom Brady, including his 100th career sack in the second quarter. Defensive end Marcus Davenport also recorded a sack and pushed the Buccaneers out of field goal range in the final seconds of the first half. Marshon Lattimore also recovered a fumble from Brady that allowed the Saints to capitalize with a field goal early in the third quarter.
On the other hand, the Buccaneers suffered critical blows to their stars on offense. Wide receivers Mike Evans suffered a hamstring injury and Chris Godwin suffered a knee injury that wouldn't allow them to return for the remainder of the game. Buccaneers' leading running back Leonard Fournette also couldn't make a return after suffering a hamstring injury in the third quarter. Feeling pressure from the New Orleans defense with his top scorers on the bench, Brady struggled to connect throughout the second half.
While the loss marks Brady's third shutout as a starter and his first since 2006, the Buccaneers still remain atop the NFC South. The team is scheduled to face the Panthers for their next matchup on Dec. 26 before they are slated to take on the Jets in New York. Meanwhile, the Saints will continue their battle for the wild card spot as they are scheduled to face the Dolphins for their next prime-time matchup on Monday, Dec. 27.
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Saints vs. Buccaneers score
Saints vs. Buccaneers updates, highlights from Sunday Night Football
All times Eastern.
Final: Saints 9, Buccaneers 0
11:15 p.m.: Vaughn rushes up the middle for 17 yards on the final play of the game.
11:11 p.m.: Saints punt after back-to-back delay of game penalties, and the Buccaneers take over at their own 9.
11:08 p.m.: Saints punt, but a roughing the kicker penalty against the Buccaneers gives New Orleans a first down at the Tampa Bay 28.
11:05 p.m.: Hill is brought down for a loss of 3 yards and the Saints will punt. Tampa Bay takes a time out with 3:24 remaining.
11:00 p.m.: INTERCEPTION SAINTS. Gardner-Johnson picks off a pass from Brady and allows the Saints to take over with 3:40 remaining.