Saints Alive! Defeat Buccaneers 35-28

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Saints snagged their second straight win and move to second place in the NFC South, keeping their 2012 season alive.

The New Orleans Saints put together their most complete team performance Sunday afternoon, as they defeated the Buccaneers 35-28 in Tampa Bay.

Tampa took an early 14-0 lead with the help of a Drew Brees tipped interception and an absolutely terrible Saints defense. But Brees and his merry band of receivers were unstoppable in the first half, going 20 of 25 for 313 yards, 4 TDs and a passer rating of 141.7, and manged to tie the game at 21 before the end of the half.

But the tables would turn. In the second half the Saints defense turned stingy, sparked by a touchdown-saving Malcolm Jenkins hustle play and goal line stand. Meanwhile, the offense slowed in the second half as Brees only completed for 64 yards.

Related: Malcolm Jenkins Saves the Day

Joseph Morgan, Junior Galette and Akiem Hicks all left the game early with injuries. We'll have more info on that as it becomes available.

All in all, this should a confidence booster for the Saints. If the defense can build on what we saw in the second half this afternoon, the Saints can easily put together a significant string of wins and keep their playoff hopes alive.

Talk about the game below. Check out our full game day story stream for all posts about today's big win.

Below are complete stats from the game.

Team Stats

NO TB
First Downs 23 26
Total Yards 458 513
Passing Yards 377 415
Rushing Yards 81 98
Penalties (Yds) 7(55) 7(55)
Turnovers 1 0
Punts (AVG) 4(48) 3(37)
Time of Pos. 26:15 33:40

Top Performers

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
D. Brees 27/37 377 4 1
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
P. Thomas 13 32 1 6
D. Sproles 5 27 0 12
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
L. Moore 9 121 0 35
M. Colston 7 73 1 17T
D. Sproles 4 32 1 9T
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
J. Freeman 24/42 420 3 0
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
D. Martin 16 85 1 36T
J. Freeman 2 9 0 13
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
V. Jackson 7 216 1 95
D. Clark 5 51 1 15
M. Williams 4 36 0 17
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