Rapid Reaction: Saints 16, Buccaneers 14
September, 15, 2013
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com
TAMPA, Fla. -- A few thoughts on the New Orleans Saints' 16-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
What it means: The Saints improve to 2-0. Since 1990, 63 percent of the teams that have started 2-0 have gone to the playoffs. Tampa Bay falls to 0-2. Since 1990, 12 percent of teams to start 0-2 have made the playoffs.
Lightning delay: The Saints marched down the field and made a field goal on their opening drive, but that’s when the game stalled. Officials ordered both teams to the locker room, and fans were ordered to go to the concourses because of lightning in the immediate area. The game was delayed for 69 minutes.
Play of the day: Marques Colston's last-minute catch of a Drew Brees pass to set up the game-winning field goal.
Almost play of the day: Middle linebacker Mason Foster picked off a Brees pass and returned it for a touchdown to give the Bucs the lead with 12:40 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Non-play of the day: Vincent Jackson caught what appeared to be a touchdown bomb from Josh Freeman with 6:58 left in the third quarter, but the play was nullified because Tampa Bay was flagged for using an illegal formation.
Non-play of the day II: The Saints kicked a field goal with 20 seconds left in the second quarter to (briefly) take a 13-7 lead, but Tampa Bay was called for a penalty, putting the ball at the 2-yard line. The Saints took the points off the board and went for the touchdown. A Mark Ingram run was stuffed. Think coach Sean Payton would like those three points back?
Stock watch: Freeman lost a fumble and threw an interception. That’s not going to silence his critics.
Injury watch: New Orleans cornerback Patrick Robinson was carted off the field with what appeared to be a leg injury and did not return.
What’s next: The Bucs play at the New England Patriots next Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET. The Saints are home against the Arizona Cardinals.