The Buccaneers matchup against the Saints turned out to be more than just a throwback event. The game came down to literally the final play, with the Saints coming out on top, 35-28.
Saints’ QB Drew Brees had a remarkable four touchdown, 313 yard first half, but slowed in the second. He finished the game with four passing touchdowns and 377 yards. He was also intercepted on his first drive of the game. WR Marques Colston, WR Joe Morgan, TE David Thomas and RB Darren Sproles caught his touchdown passes.
The Saints went to their running game more often in the second half of the game. Pierre Thomas rushed in a five-yard touchdown and ended the game with 32 yards. Darren Sproles added 27 on the ground while Mark Ingram put in 21 yards.
The Saints receivers had a busy day. Lance Moore caught nine passes for 121 yards. Colston added 73 yards and Devery Henderson had 75 yards on three catches.
The Buccaneers’ QB Josh Freeman had his best day of the year, completing 24 passes for 420 yards, and three touchdowns.
Doug Martin was the Bucs’ leading rusher with 95 yards and a touchdown, which came in the first quarter from 36 yards out.
WRs Tiquan Underwood, Vincent Jackson and TE Dallas Clark were on the receiving end of Freeman’s passing touchdowns. Freeman ended the game with 216 yards, his longest catch went for 95. Dallas Clark had 51 yards. WR Mike Williams ended the day with 36.
On his 222nd career start, a Buccaneer record, Ronde Barber intercepted a tipped pass which set up the Bucs opening touchdown. CB Eric Wright and LB Lavonte David led the team with eight tackles apiece. S Mark Barron added seven of his own.
The Buccaneers will play on Thursday night for their Week 8 game in Minnesota.