Saints Survive in OT, beat Bucs 37-31

© Kyle Encar
© Kyle Encar

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Nothing like a little Dome cooking to get your season back on track for the Saints. Though, it wasn't as easy as they usually come at home.

All week Head Coach Sean Payton was preaching there's no panic in the organization. With a 37-31 win in overtime against the Bucs, calms can be feared for a week. In the Saints case two, thanks to a bye next week.

The Saints ended overtime without giving the Bucs a chance to get the ball. Khiry Robinson broke numerous tackles in-route to a 18-yard touchdown run. Robinson ended the day with 89 yards rushing.

The Saints record goes to 2-3, and the Bucs fall to 1-4.

Drew Brees finished the afternoon going 35-57 passing, 371 yards, with two touchdowns. He also threw three interceptions.

Two Shayne Graham field goals stakes the Who-Dats to an early 6-0 lead.

Brees and his offense finally hit the end zone in the second frame. Brees orchestrated a 6-play, 60-yard drive, finishing with a screen pass to Pierre Thomas that covered 15 yards. A completion to Josh Hill of 37 yards helped fuel the score.

Down 13-3, the Bucs offense responded right before half. Mike Glennon found Louis Murphy for a 20-yard touchdown. Murphy beat Corey White on the scoring strike.

The Saints led Tampa Bay 13-10 at the break.

The Bucs kept the scoring going on their first possession of the second half. Thanks to a Junior Galette roughing the passer penalty on third down, Tampa Bay kept a dying drive alive. Bobby Rainey capped the sequence with a 9-yard TD run.

The Bucs 17-13 advantage would improve thanks to an opportunistic defense. Brees threw an ill-advised pass that was intercepted by Danny Lansanah. He returned the pick 33-yards.

Tampa Bay would be up 24-13 after the turnover. That would be 24 unanswered points up to that point.

Brees responded, and quickly. Covering 63 yards in over six minutes finishing with a Brees to Cadet 5-yard scoring connection. Saints still trailed at this point, 24-20.

Bucs and Saints would exchange touchdowns, but the black and gold would miss their 2-point conversion. Saints trailed by five.

Saints would add a safety and field goal to tie things up at 31 later in the fourth quarter.

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