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Saints vs. Buccaneers Recap: New Orleans Narrowly Defeats Tampa Bay 37-31 in OT

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This game was sloppy on both sides. Fortunately for the Saints, the Bucs were just a little more sloppy. The Saints now enter their bye week with a 2-3 record and a slew of injuries we hope they can take care of before traveling to Detroit on October 19th.

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Saints Get Much Needed Win in 37-31 Defeat of Bucs

Saints get 'beast mode' to win overtime thriller 37-31
Khiry Robinson's tackle-breaking, 18-yard touchdown run in overtime lifted the New Orleans Saints to a 37-31 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Saints may be tempted to stay course, when detour needed
Staying the course should no longer be an option. Continue down this road, and their season's likely to go off it.

NFL Recap - Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints - Oct 05, 2014 - CBSSports.com Game Recap
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pierre Thomas kept his body compact and his thick legs churning, bursting through thin seams in the Tampa Bay defense, slipping away from some tacklers and surging through others.

Brees not his usual self in Saints' win over Bucs | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
NEW ORLEANS

New Orleans Saints beat Bucs 37-31 in overtime
Khiry Robinson scores on 18-yard run

John DeShazier: Overtime win over Bucs could be start of something big for Saints
Comeback win could be confidence-builder for team

Rapid Reaction: New Orleans Saints - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
NEW ORLEANS -- A few thoughts on the New Orleans Saints' 37-31 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdom

New Orleans Saints say win points to character, leadership - ESPN
Observed and heard in the locker room after the New Orleans Saints' 37-31 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Saints still waiting for Superman after overcoming Drew Brees INT - ESPN
There was no denying that Saints QB Drew Brees struggled Sunday to get the ball down the field when he did take those deep shots.

New Orleans Saints turn 'easy tank' opportunity into 'defining moment' - ESPN
Allowing Tampa Bay to rattle off 24 unanswered points might just turn out to be the best thing that could've happened to the New Orleans Saints.

Is Drew Brees in decline? Shaky play against Tampa Bay opens debate: Larry Holder | NOLA.com
Saints overcome Drew Brees' struggles to beat the Bucs 37-31 in overtime

Rafael Bush steps into starting role for New Orleans Saints after injury to Jairus Byrd | NOLA.com
In an unfortunate bit of timing, Byrd graced the cover of the game program at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday.

New Orleans Saints Patrick Robinson takes step forward following demotion | NOLA.com
He had an interception against the Buccaneers

New Orleans Saints lifted by home crowd with season on the brink: Jeff Duncan | NOLA.com
Saints extend home winning streak under Sean Payton to 19 games

Jimmy Graham hurts shoulder in OT win over Bucs - NFL.com
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the team believes Graham has a sprained shoulder, per a source informed of his condition. The Saints don't feel it's a major injury, but the tight end will be evaluated after tests Monday.

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The View from the Crow's Nest

Tampa Bay Buccaneers can't overcome critical penalties - ESPN
Tampa Bay Buccaneers are flagged 15 times inan overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Column: When it mattered, Bucs couldn’t get out of own way | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times
NEW ORLEANS — It would have been a terrific win.

Rainey, Martin fail to establish run against Saints | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times
Tampa Bay entered the game determined to establish a running attack that could take some pressure off QB Mike Glennon in a noisy venue while keeping Saints quarterback Drew Brees stewing on the sidel

Bucs struggle to contain Saints’ pass-catching backs | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times
NEW ORLEANS — Saints quarterback Drew Brees needed 57 pass attempts to throw for 371 yards against the Bucs on Sunday, but he burned Tampa Bay’s defense repeatedly on flare passes and s

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Transcripts

Sean Payton: 'It was good to get the win'
Quotes from Coach Payton's postgame press conference on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014

Drew Brees, Saints players talk about OT win over Buccaneers
Saints now 2-3 going into bye week

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach Lovie Smith, players talk about loss to Saints
Team dropped 37-31 overtime decision

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VIDEO: Drew Brees' postgame presser vs Bucs
Drew Brees recaps the New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Video by Ashley Amoss (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Sean Payton reviews Buccaneers game
Sean Payton recaps the New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Video by Ashley Amoss (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Pierre Thomas: "We fought to the end"
recaps the New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Video provided by WVUE FOX-8