Saints vs. Buccaneers Final Score: Saints Win 16-14 With Hartley Field Goal

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints prove their defense can win games when the offense sputters, as a last-second Garrett Hartley field goal gives them the 16-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The New Orleans Saints were able to come away with a 16-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, thanks to a last-second field goal by kicker Garrett Hartley.

It wasn't a pretty game for Drew Brees. who threw two ugly interceptions and took four sacks. The running game was ineffective and the offensive line play was disappointing. Fortunately, Tampa Bay's defense proved to be undisciplined, taking stupid, cheap penalties and shooting themselves in the foot on multiple occasions.

Jimmy Graham was definitely the player of the game for the Saints, with a Madden-like 10 catches for 179 yards.

Fortunately, Rob Ryan and this Saints defense is for real. Other than giving up huge chunks of yards to Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin on the ground, the Saints defense was yet again came up with big plays. Cam Jordan caused a fumble, recovered by Junior Galette. Malcolm Jenkins had a sweet interception and nice return.

The Saints were in control most of the game, from the start through a one hour rain delay and well into the 3rd quarter.  All of that despite leaving points on the field thanks to a missed Garrett Hartley field goal and a failed 4th and 1 conversion on a Mark Ingram run. A costly Drew Brees interception and Mason Foster return for touchdown gave the Bucs a late 4th quarter lead.

Following a missed field goal by Ryan Lindell, the Saints got the ball back and one last chance to win the game with just over a minute left. Three straight completions later and Hartley was able to nail the 27-yard chip shot field goal for the win.

Here are the final stats from the game:

Team Stats

NO TB
First Downs 21 14
Total Yards 371 273
Passing Yards 296 113
Rushing Yards 75 160
Penalties (Yds) 5(35) 10(118)
Turnovers 2 2
Punts (AVG) 4(44) 6(41)
Time of Pos. 32:36 27:24

Top Performers

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
D. Brees 26/46 322 1 2
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
M. Ingram 8 20 0 8
D. Sproles 7 26 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Graham 10 179 1 56T
D. Sproles 6 36 0 8
M. Colston 4 63 0 31
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
J. Freeman 9/22 125 1 1
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
D. Martin 29 144 0 28
J. Freeman 3 16 0 13
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
V. Jackson 5 77 0 22
M. Williams 2 9 0 6
K. Ogletree 1 5 1 5T
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