Biggest pregame story lines heading into Bucs vs. Saints


The New Orleans Saints lost at Tampa Bay, 31-24, Sunday afternoon on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Jameis Winston to Chris Godwin with nine seconds left. That led to the punt to the 5-yard line, which Winston converted into a massive opportunity.

Winston shook off three interceptions against the Saints and ended with 363 yards on 28 of 51 passing.

After three consecutive incompletions, Winston found tight end Cameron Brate for a 12-yard gain on fourth-and-10 and the dramatic drive was on. He dropped the New Orleans signal caller for a loss of seven on third-and-3 that forced the Saints to give the ball back.

The Bucs defense allowed the Saints to march 92 yards in 13 plays, going back ahead 24-20 on a 3-yard pass from Drew Brees to fullback Zach Line with 7:07 left.

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But Saints return man Tommylee Lewis was stripped by Tampa Bay's Josh Robinson and the fumble was recovered by Isaiah Johnson, who scooped it up and scored from the 7. Although the Bucs are sitting at 4-11 and have been eliminated from playoff contention, their goal is to still finish the season off strong when the two teams face off today.

The Bucs had moved the ball well, limited mainly by three interceptions from Winston, who had thrown a total of two in his previous five games. Ingram and Kamara had already combined for 182 yards from scrimmage. The Saints swept the regular season series between the teams.

Tampa Bay had a chance to tie the game before the half, but after Winstons 1-yard touchdown run, Murray missed the extra point, giving the Saints a 14-13 halftime lead.

The first score of the second half came with 2:44 left in the third quarter as Saints' kicker Wil Lutz connected on a 48-yarder to put New Orleans up 17-13.