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Saints fall in close game against Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Key drops and a defensive pass interference cost the Saints

New Orleans Saints v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

The New Orleans Saints won the coin toss and decided to defer to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so the Buccaneers started with the ball. After a long drive, the Saints are able to hold the Buccaneers to just a field goal, drawing first blood. However, the Saints go 3 and out with their first drive.

After a few punts by both teams, Andy Dalton connects with Taysom Hill for a 30-yard touchdown pass for the Saints in the second quarter, putting the Saints up 7-3.

Following a questionable call in favor of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Demario Davis intercepts a pass from Brady with less than 2 minutes to go in the first half. Wil Lutz hits a field goal to put the Saints up 10-3 to close out the second half.

Despite starting will the ball, the Saints faced a 3 and out at the start of the second half. However, once the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made it to about mid field, Cameron Jordan punches a ball out and causes a fumble, recovered by Carl Granderson.

The Saints are able to score two unanswered field goals, going up 16-3 in the fourth quarter.

A defensive pass intereference call on the Saints sets up the Buccaneers for a touchdown, making it a one possession game. The Saints go 3, giving the ball right back to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Buccaneers score a game-tieing touchdown, then hit the extra point for a 17-16 win.