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Saints take 10-7 lead into the half

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Tight end Jimmy Graham hauled in eight receptions for a career-high 156 yards and a touchdown, as the Saints built a 10-7 halftime lead over the Bucs. 

Graham's 156 yards receiving is a new Saints single-game record for a tight end.

The game was interrupted after New Orleans' initial drive by a lighting strike and subsequent weather delay, which lasted roughly an hour and nine minutes. Before that, the Saints did score first, using a 44-yard field goal from Garrett Hartley to cap off a 12-play drive. Hartley later missed a 43-yard attempt.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 16-of-27 passes for 216 yards in the first half but also threw an interception, which led to Tampa's touchdown. Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman connected with wideout Kevin Ogletree on a five-yard scoring strike to make it a 7-3 Bucs lead.

But the Saints answered immediately, with Brees finding a wide open Graham, who raced 56 yards on his touchdown. Graham's 29-yard reception late in the half would later set the Saints up with a 1st-and-goal from the one situation, but the Black-and-Gold stalled and the Bucs eventually stuffed Mark Ingram on fourth down.

The Saints ran the ball for just 35 yards on 12 carries and were four-of-eight on third-downs.

The Bucs will receive the ball to begin the third quarter.

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