The New Orleans Saints added another touchdown with nine seconds left in the first half, taking the lead to 24-0 going into halftime.
That score came on a seven-yard touchdown throw from Drew Brees to WR Lance Moore. The play was set up by a jumping grab from TE Jimmy Graham on a third down play for 24-yards down the middle.
Drew Brees has put up some heavy stats in the first thirty minutes of the game. Brees has hit on 19 of 29 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns.
His touchdown passes landed in the arms of TE Dave Thomas in the first quarter and RB Darren Sproles and Moore in the second. Saints starting TE Jimmy Graham has caught four balls for 59 yards while leading receiver, Marques Colston has three catches for 60 yards. Brees has his seven different receivers in the game.
The Saints have barely touched their running game. They have run the ball just 11 times in the game for 56 yards. 11 came on a Drew Brees scramble and 13 on an end-around to WR Devery Henderson.
Defensively, the Saints recorded their first first half shutout since 2010. Jabari Greer and Rafael Bush have each recorded red zone interceptions in the game, while DT Will Smith has come up with a sack.
For the Buccaneers, QB Josh Freeman has 85 yards on seven completions and has thrown two picks. The leading receivers for the Buccaneers are RB D.J. Ware and WR Mike Williams who each have two grabs for 32 yards. WR Vincent Jackson has yet to record a reception.
Playing from behind, RB Doug Martin has just eight carries in the game for 16 yards, his long going for 11.
Mark Barron leads the team in tackles with eight. Da’Quan Bowers has recorded the team’s only sack.
The Buccaneers will receive the ball first in the second half and look to put their first points on the board.