Looking for a win before the bye, the Bucs were instead foiled by the Saints in a 36-27 loss. After a game where it seemed Tampa had cleaned up penalties, mistakes reared their ugly head again. The Bucs had 11 penalties on the night. Officiating was horrendous in the Bucs loss, but mental mistakes and turnovers put them in an early hole. A comeback bid was thwarted by a game-clinching interception by the Saints defense.

Tom Brady had yet another 4-touchdown performance, the most in NFL History, but had three turnovers. He finished the game 27-36 for 364 yards, a fumble and two interceptions. Godwin was terrific in the game, catching eight passes for 140 yards and a score. The run game was shut down to the tune of just 71 yards, while the defense only managed one sack and no turnovers.

First Half Struggles

The Bucs offense wasn’t able to get much going on their first drive of the game, going three-and-out. A huge stop on fourth down by the Bucs defense gave them the ball right back. The second drive would be different. Brady took them down the field in six plays, connecting with Chris Godwin for the 12-yard score.

The Saints answered back with a touchdown of their own. Jameis Winston found Tre’Quan Smith 16 yards out for the tying score. The Bucs marched into Saints territory, but a missed connection on third down, which prompted a punt from the 40-yard line. On the ensuing Saints drive, Winston escaped a sack by Shaq Barrett and was pulled down by Devin White. Winston went down awkwardly and left the game with a knee injury. Trevor Siemian replaced Winston and the Bucs defense forced a punt.

Tampa’s next possession started off well with big completions to Godwin and Tyler Johnson to move the chains, but a Cam Jordan strip sack ended the drive. Behind the help of some questionable calls by the referees, New Orleans got down to the five-yard line. The Bucs defense came up with a big stop and held the Saints to a field goal.

After a big gain by Giovani Bernard, Brady was intercepted by C.J. Gardner-Johnson. New Orleans capitalized on Brady’s second turnover with a 1-yard touchdown catch by Alex Armah. A missed extra point made it a 16-7 Saints lead going into halftime.

Second Half Comeback

A 38-yard gain by Kevin White on the first throw of the drive set the Saints up in Bucs’ territory. Nine plays later, Alvin Kamara walked into the end zone from one-yard out for a 23-7 lead. In response, a 44-yard gain by Godwin set the Bucs up at the 13-yard line. Brady found Bernard for the 7-yard touchdown catch a few plays later.

A sack by Ndamukong Suh, and a batted pass by Jason Pierre-Paul helped end the Saints next drive. After the punt, Mike Evans made his presence felt with a 41-yard touchdown reception, beating Marshon Lattimore in coverage. Tampa’s defense then forced another punt to put the offense back out on the field. The Bucs couldn’t convert after a tough penalty pushed them back, and punted.

Penalties again helped the Saints down the field for another New Orleans field goal and a 26-21 lead. Brady got his chance at a rebuttal, delivering a 50-yard bomb to Cyril Grayson – who was wide open after a busted coverage. The long score gave the Bucs a 27-26 lead with over five minutes left to play.

But Tampa Bay’s defense still couldn’t hold. New Orleans drove down and drilled a field goal with 1:41 left in the game to take a 29-27 lead. With the game on the line, Brady threw a pick-six to P.J. Williams giving the Saints a 36-27 win.

Share On Socials

About the Author: J.C. Allen

J.C. Allen is one of PewterReport.com’s newest beat writers. As a New England transplant, he has closely followed Tom Brady’s entire career and first fell in love with the game during the Patriots 1996 Super Bowl run. J.C. is in his second year covering the team after spending a year with Bucs Report as a writer, producer and show host. Some of his other interests include barbecuing, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite Buccaneer of all time is Simeon Rice and believes he deserves a spot in Canton. Follow J.C. Allen on Twitter @JCAllenNFL.
Subscribe
Notify of
27 Comments
Oldest
Newest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Captain Sly
Captain Sly
8 months ago

I’m convinced that the only team that can beat the Bucs is the Bucs. No blaming the refs or the coaches. The players have to own this one

bucballer
bucballer
8 months ago

Really thought this game was going to go differently. Penalties just killed us! Period! Gave the Saints a few first downs. Personal fouls were devastating. 15 and a first down. They were killers. White seems to have at least one a game now. Perhaps it’s his aggression that gets him him trouble? He sure cost the Bucs today. Listen, basically, it’s like we’re 6-2 at the half way mark. Double that and ur 12-4 or 13-4 for the season. I’ll take that! This should be a lesson for all that Brady can’t ALWAYS pull it out. Even he has limits.… Read more »

chefboho
chefboho
8 months ago

The Bucs definitely lost this game themselves. Too many turnovers mad some absolutely abysmal calls by the refs especially on the int by Winfield in the end zone. How one team gets 13 penalties and the other gets 2 is beyond me. Just a terribly undisciplined display by this team. They have to get it under control. Unfortunate that Winston was injured because you never want to see that, but they’re in trouble now. Thank goodness for the bye week because this team need the rest and recovery time. You almost knew the Bucs defense would give up points after… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  chefboho
8 months ago

I agree on the11 to 2 count. Impossible. Also, I don’t know what film the coaches were looking at, but about 70 percent of the Saints offense runs through thier RB’s yet we seemed ill prepared for the swing passes to them. Play calling was abysmal, especially at the end.

fredster
fredster
8 months ago

Bad play calling by Lefty, lots bad plays by Bucs, bad calls by refs. Saints have our number in reg season. We need guys back after bye our secondary is garbage imo. Not having Davis is especially hurting us bad. Cockrell was horrible this game. Our o line never plays well against saints. They opened no holes today. Ugh just shit game overall. Need bud and regroup.

seat26
seat26
8 months ago

I love a close game and I knew this would be one. But I thought after Devin White knocked Winston out of the game we could easily win this. Penalties really cost us in this game and I wonder at this point if Devin White shouldn’t be benched? At some point, it looked like he was hurting us more than helping us and I love the guy. But he was playing recklessly. This was also the first time this year where I wondered if our offense is a little off-kilt. Brady had 4 Tds but he just did not look… Read more »

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  seat26
8 months ago

That’s because we do! Brady gives u a chance to win every time! But just the word chance notates that it’s not a hundred percent lock. Even Brady can throw a bad ball. It happens. Offense seemed to lack a cohesive manner today? Rest up gentlemen!

pokerpat12
pokerpat12
8 months ago

TOTALLY and completely outcoached….AGAIN!!!! Allen outcoached BA & Byron, Payton outcoached Bowles and I for one am sick of it. All these stars on defense couldn’t beat a backup QB, just STUPID, penalties. Brady throws 4 TDs and lost, has that ever happened before???? The saints didn’t necessarily win this one, the Bucs lost it!

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  pokerpat12
8 months ago

Have to agree with you on being outcoached but even coaches can’t overcome slanted calls. It was so bad we didn’t even get a make up call. On Brady’s first deep pass to Evans you can definitely see the CB grab Evans arms to slow him down and it worked. No call.

Mike Pengelly
Mike Pengelly
8 months ago

Looks like we could have been called for holding almost every play. But 11 penalties to 2….tell me Saints didn’t hold???? They take our lineman’s helmet off, he falls into the QB and it’s penalty on us!!! They sure miss AB and Gronk. Saw Sherman dressed but never heard his number called??

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  Mike Pengelly
8 months ago

OJ is no Gronk and TJ is no AB. We miss both.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
8 months ago

Horrible on all front. Only the bucs can beat the bucs, and thats what happened tonight. Just terrible with the penalties. Most earned but the difference was that “roughing” the passer on the winfield interception. That might have been the worst call ive seen in some time. Brady just seems to get frazzeled around the saints. I dont get it. He played lights out at times, but cant win when yoi turn it over 3 times. We really need the bye week to get healthy in the back end. They got exposed by a career backup. Also zero pressure with… Read more »

compewterpirate
compewterpirate
8 months ago

A -3 turnover differential and a 100 yard penalty differential. Translation = The Bucs beat the Bucs. Yes, I thought the officiating was horrible, but come on, that kind of death wish was ridiculous! The last killer penalty on 3rd down by Cockerell was utterly boneheaded, the QB was running for his life with no chance of throwing downfield and it would have been 4th and 4 with about a 53 yard FG and a rookie kicker. Instead a momentum killing penalty and the drive still alive. Even so we still had plenty of time for a routine TB 12… Read more »

MWD
MWD
8 months ago

The penalties were horrible- even the horse collar was terrible- Cockrell is a liability in the secondary- this game reminded me of the Bears game last year with all the penalties- the O line did a decent job protecting Brady but we are still not clicking- we still need secondary help, the fact that refs can change a game with bad calls just had me throwing shit at the wall today- Whitehead played really well, but again- Cockrell is awful and Desir plays too far off of a receiver. We need a lock down corner because if we don’t get… Read more »

twspin
twspin
8 months ago

We have a history of getting beat by backup QB’s. Our Bucs were Due for a loss with our Defense. I’m surprised it took so long. Brady is mortal and cannot win’em all. Although many think he can. This may be good for us..our wakeup call..I hope. Bucs need this Bye. Get healthy. We are still on course. Just hope that our D Wakes up!

DD1406
DD1406
Reply to  twspin
8 months ago

So true on the backup QBs!

Saints Fan
Saints Fan
8 months ago

Not gloating. This was much closer than both games last year.

MWD
MWD
Reply to  Saints Fan
8 months ago

No worries, I’m not gloating either but you guys did kick the crap out of us during the regular season twice last year……How’d that turn out?

Horse
Horse
8 months ago

Yes, I have to agree. Hopefully the Bye Week will help us heal. Coach might want to brings the boys back a day early for some tackling practice as yards after catches was awful. Coach should tell the boys on Defense with that huffing and puffing crap penalties.

scubog
scubog
8 months ago

The “horse collar tackle” penalty in which White had hold of Winston’s jersey under his shoulder blade and the “roughing the passer” penalty in which the QB was merely bumped after throwing the INT in the end zone, were certainly a factor in the lopsided flag-fest. Even the very weak “taunting” penalty was a bit suspect as was the one in our favor in a previous game. I didn’t have much of an issue with the other penalties called on the Bucs since they looked legitimate. But don’t tell me the Saints played such a clean game. If nothing else,… Read more »

Horse
Horse
Reply to  scubog
8 months ago

Scubog, I agree with you. We’re 6-2; not bad considering the injuries. Now when we go to the Capitol in 13 days, we should see a more healthy team. Hope to see you at the game. I’ll have to ask my grandson where our seats are located. I expect the stadium will be packed. Remember, I’m over a couple inches of 6′. I’ll have a black baseball cap on; Red Diamond in the middle, with “Vietnam Veteran above it and 5th Infantry Division below it. Hope to see you at the game. Go Bucs!

w

drdneast
drdneast
8 months ago

We got hosed by the refs big time. On Tom’s first INT it is apparent both Buc WRs are being held. On Gholston’s personal foul he gets his helmet ripped off his head so he gets the personal foul.Good god. Lefty’s play calling was suspect through the whole game and then that deep cross with almost 2 minutes left in the game with the Saints defense playing back was just stupid. Please, no more articles about Lefty getting a HC gig.

DD1406
DD1406
8 months ago

Tough road loss-They looked slow on the turf, like they’re ready for the bye-Best thing is they came out of it healthy, provided Donovan’s OK-agree “horrendous” refing, questionable play calling on last drive-Still in better position than last year before the break-They should come out with a real chip on their shoulder, because it appears The League both hates and resents them-

Spruce
Spruce
8 months ago

OVERRRRRATED..BOOM, BOOM, BA-BOOM-BOOM-BOOM.

Spruce
Spruce
8 months ago

We all love a good cup cake and the Bucs schedule has plenty of them this year…..again. Problem is a steady diet of cup cakes may not be good for you. Only Dallas and the Rams in the Bucs weight class so far. Beat one barely, lost to the other. Now this debacle. What ever happened to the talk of an undefeated year? Who the heck is Trevor Siemian and how do the Saints win when he throws for under half the yards of you know who? Defense and running is how you do it that’s how. You can second… Read more »

MWD
MWD
Reply to  Spruce
8 months ago

Spruce, who are you anyway? A disgruntled fan that gave up their season tickets when they changed their uniforms from the old creamsicles? Over-rated, under-achieving and just straight up beating yourself are all different views, I wouldn’t say the Bucs are overrated at all, the fact is, you turn the ball over 3 times and have over a 100 yards of penalties in a game, that’s usually a formula for a loss. Aside from that, take in the consideration of how banged up this team has been, in particular in the secondary. Even on the offensive side of the ball,… Read more »

Spruce
Spruce
Reply to  MWD
8 months ago

Lets start with the fact that most power rankings had the Bucs in the top 3 or 4 teams. You have a laundry list of reasons for why the Bucs couldn’t beat a team with a no name QB filling in that barely knew the play book. Those are all reasons why the Bucs were over rated. Any team that loses can say they beat themselves and I do see Bucs nation using that theme often. Like no team is capable of beating them straight up they can only beat themselves by their own mistakes. Or that injuries are the… Read more »