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TAMPA Jamel Dean Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jersey , Fla. (AP) 鈥?The New Orleans Saints are a long way from where they want to be.For now, though, repeating as NFC South champions for the first time in franchise history feels pretty good."Goal No. 1 was to win the division again and we were able to do that," Drew Brees said Sunday after throwing for one touchdown and running for another to help the Saints rally from an 11-point halftime deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-14."I like the way we won this game. We didn't play well in the first half and (faced) a big deficit," Brees added. "We were able to come together with all sides making plays in that second half. I think that was the epitome of a great team win."Music blared in the winning locker room.There's still a lot of work ahead for the Saints (10-2), however clinching any division title 鈥?much less with three weeks remaining in the regular season 鈥?is an accomplishment worth celebrating."This is what guys look forward to. This is fun," said Brees, who shrugged off a pair of turnovers to throw a 1-yard TD pass to Zach Line, then scored on a 1-yard sneak as the Saints avenged a season-opening loss to the Bucs (5-8) and also rebounded from a defeat the previous week at Dallas."This is the stuff you remember, especially road games 鈥?you know, road locker rooms, bus rides, back on the plane. Those moments together," Brees added. "It's hard to win in this league, it's hard to win on the road. We're going to enjoy these moments and continue to build on 'em."New Orleans' defense did its part after allowing two first-half TDs, too, sacking Jameis Winston four times and limiting the NFL's No. 1-ranked offense to 81 yards in the second half 鈥?most of that on the final drive of the game"We got dominated in the second half," said Bucs coach Dirk Koetter, whose team won a high-scoring shootout 48-40 at New Orleans in Week 1. "We haven't been shut down like that in a long time."Brees completed 24 of 31 passes for 201 yards and one interception. Michael Thomas had 11 receptions for 98 yards.A week after being held to a season-low 176 yards total offense in a 13-10 loss to Dallas that ended a 10-game winning streak, the Saints started slowly again.Winston threw a pair of TD passes to Cameron Brate, the latter a 1-yarder set up by Adarius Taylor‘s interception to put the Bucs up 14-3 at halftime. The fourth-year pro also threw an 11-yarder to Brate on the opening drive of the game.The game turned in the third quarter when Brees weathered losing a fumble at his own 27 and later took advantage of the Saints blocking a punt to set up his TD pass to Line, along with Alvin Kamara‘s 2-point conversion that trimmed Tampa Bay's lead to 14-11.In addition to missing a 40-yard field goal after Carl Nassib sacked Brees, forcing a fumble Jason Pierre-Paul recovered early in the third quarter, Cairo Santos also had a 46-yard attempt deflect off the right upright in the first half for Tampa Bay, which finished with 279 yards 鈥?more than 160 below its league-leading season average."Going into the second half I thought that we had an opportunity to put a fork into them, but they got a boost of confidence from a missed field goal, a punt blocked," Bucs tackle Demar Dotson said."We couldn't get anything going on offense," coach Dirk Koetter added. "Fourteen points isn't going to do it against the Saints."Brees' TD run put the Saints ahead early in the fourth quarter. Mark Ingram scored on a 17-yard run to make it 25-14. Will Lutz tacked on a 36-yard field goal in the closing minutes.Pressured relentlessly in the second while the Saints were taking control of the game, Winston finished 18 of 38 for 213 yards, two touchdowns and one interception 鈥?an end-zone throw picked off by Marshon Lattimore with 1 second remaining.The Bucs had 32 yards in the second half until Winston completed passes of 16 Youth Jamel Dean Jersey , 12 and 21 to march into Saints territory on the final drive.And, penalties hurt Tampa Bay all day long, including an unnecessary roughness penalty on Bucs center Ryan Jensen late in the second quarter.At one point, a frustrated Winston was seen arguing on the sideline with Jensen."Brothers have disagreements," Winston said of the exchange. "It wasn't that much."PERSISTENCEThe Saints ran the ball nine times for just 3 yards in the first half. They stuck with the game plan, though, and finished with 100 on 30 attempts. Ingram had 52 yards on 13 carries, and Kamara rushed for 51 yards on 12 attempts.TAKEAWAYSSince failing to force a turnover on defense for seven consecutive games, the Bucs have 10 takeaways over the last three weeks. The Bucs have seven interceptions over that stretch after only having one in the first 10.INJURIESSaints: LT Terron Armstead was inactive, replaced by Jermon Bushrod.Buccaneers: With WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) inactive for the second straight week, Chris Godwin started. Andrew Adams started in place of S Justin Evans (toe) and CB Carlton Davis II (knee) was replaced by Ryan Smith. … LB Kevin Minter left in the second quarter with a calf injury and did not return.UP NEXTSaints: at Carolina next Monday, last of three consecutive road games.Buccaneers: at Baltimore next Sunday. Week 15 ended with the ninth loss of the year for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they fell to the Baltimore Ravens and now stand at 5-9 on the season.Here are just five reasons things went down the way they did.THE PLAY: Win-MagicOn a sloppy day with freezing rain coming down on the players all game long, the pace was set from the very beginning. It would be more of a tractor pull than a sprint race.Five straight series ended with punts before the Baltimore Ravens fumbled the ball to the Bucs leading to the games first score. However, following a botched snap to hold exchange, the Ravens scored their own first touchdown of the game and took a one point lead late in the second quarter.With 3:20 remaining in the first half, Tampa Bay faced third-and-twenty and it seemed all but assured Baltimore would be getting the ball back with their lead intact and time to add to it.But then, this happened.After the run, catch and penalty, the Bucs gained 74-yards in all and ended up on the Ravens’ 11-yard line.As we’ve seen all-to-often in 2018, the team was unable to turn the red zone visit into a touchdown, and instead settled for three points giving the Bucs a 9-7 lead with less than two minutes remaining in the half.THE PLAY: A defense by any other nameEarlier in the year, Buccaneers head coach wondered allowed just how much firing defensive coordinator Mike Smith would really change.Well, in some big areas, it’s changed quite a bit. But in one equally big area, it hasn’t seemed to have changed at all. Under two minutes, whether it be late in the first half or in the game itself, this Tampa Bay defense just seems to go soft.With a two point lead and less than two minutes on the clock, the Bucs should have gone into the locker room with their lead. After all, Baltimore’s offense lacks big play ability.However, after gains of seven, fourteen Jamel Dean Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jersey , nine and twenty-eight, they were in the red zone with half a minute remaining and one timeout remaining in just four plays.The drive ended in a field goal and a Baltimore Ravens 10-9 lead heading into the locker rooms. This possession set the stage for the Ravens to come out in the second half looking to control the ball and the clock.THE PLAY: Energy not wasted on the youthFootball is a hard game. It’s even harder when you’re a defender on the field for extended periods of time.By the time the Ravens finished their second possession of the second-half, they had held the ball for over fourteen minutes and scored ten points. Tampa Bay on the other hand, held the ball for just over four minutes and put up three.To say the Buccaneers defense was exhausted would be an understatement.During their longest stretch on the field, Tampa Bay’s defensive unit surrendered four first-downs with three coming on third downs.The biggest play of the drive was eight yards. However, the biggest play of the drive came on a four-yard loss.On third-and-seven, the Buccaneers defense had their first shot at getting off the field maintaining a five-point deficit.Early in the down, Carl Nassib gets his mitts on Baltimore’s rookie quarterback, Lamar Jackson, but is unable to pull him down.Credit to Nassib for recovering and later chasing down the Heisman Trophy winner eleven-yards later, but the damage had been done.No third down opportunity would come with this much yardage attached to it for the remainder of the possession.A dead ball foul on running back Kenneth Dixon backed the offense up fifteen yards following this run, but the damage had been done. First down converted, and Tampa Bay’s defenders would spend another five and a half minutes on the field before finally getting the chance to rest.THE PLAY: Complications in BaltimoreWith less than fourteen minutes left in the game, the Ravens had held the ball for fourteen minutes of the second-half and scored twice. But all was not lost.Tampa Bay was down just eight points and Jameis Winston had been playing some of the best football of his career since returning to the starting lineup.But then....Winston and star receiver Mike Evans were simply not on the same page here. While the pass falls short of Evans, he hasn’t even begun or appeared to be ready to get into any kind of route break when the ball is delivered.Perhaps seeing Eric Weddle on top and being aware of Cyrus Jones underneath, Evans simply didn’t expect the ball to be thrown his way.It’s hard to see what Winston saw. At a glance, it looks like Winston simply wanted to throw the ball to Evans.Coming out of the slot, Chris Godwin is in single coverage against safety Tony Jefferson. Tight end Cameron Brate has solid box-out position on linebacker C.J. Mosely over the middle. Running back Peyton Barber has nobody within ten yards of him on the far left side.Winston wasn’t under pressure. The game wasn’t on the line in the sense he needed to get a big play right away.We’ve seen a much improved quarterback over the past few weeks, but this play was a bad play, and it came at perhaps the worst time it could have for Week 15.THE PLAY: Final shotTampa Bay’s defense did their job. Despite coming onto the field on the wrong side of the fifty-yard line, the Bucs got the ball back without any more points added to the Ravens’ lead.Now, it was on Winston and the offense to make good on the second chance. We know how this ends.The Bucs offense drove from their own 38-yard line to the Baltimore 30-yard line and faced third-and-one.Now, I didn’t tweet this, so I have no evidence. But I remember thinking aloud, if this is four down territory with less than eight minutes to go, then I pass on third. Look for a screen or a quick slant, perhaps a deep shot if single high is presented.Adam Humphries was the name I was hoping for. Peyton Barber was the name we got. And it came with a three-yard loss.All of this set up the final play for the Buccaneers offense. One shot to extend the drive and keep their hopes of winning alive.Not a good throw. Not a good play design either. Having Godwin and Barber so close together right at the marker is way too much congestion.I don’t know if someone ran the wrong route. Godwin broke in before breaking back out to the spot Winston threw the ball. Perhaps Barber was supposed to be flatter and give more space to the outside for Winston to fit the ball.Whatever the cause, the ball was to far inside and it was easily defended by the Ravens secondary.Jackson and the Baltimore offense regained possession at the spot, and would hold the ball for the remainder of the game.
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