The New Orleans Saints were able to take an early lead against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second meeting of the season between NFC South foes.
QB Drew Brees was five for five for 67 yards and a touchdown on the game’s opening drive as he led the Saints 74 yards on just seven plays. Brees completed passes to four different receivers while RB Darren Sproles was able to take a toss play for 15 yards on the ground. Brees capped off the drive with a nine-yard scoring strike to TE David Thomas. K Garrett Hartley made the extra point to give New Orleans a 7-0 advantage.
Later in the quarter, the Buccaneers were driving down the field following two long completions by QB Josh Freeman. Facing second down from the New Orleans 20-yard line, CB Jabari Greer stepped in front of a pass intended for TE Dallas Clark and was able to reach out for an interception that set up another New Orleans scoring drive.
After taking over from the Saints 20-yard line, Brees remained sharp on a drive that spanned from the first quarter to the second period. He completed six of seven passes on the possession for 61 yards on the drive but a penalty inside the Tampa Bay five-yard line set the Saints back as the Buccaneers defense kept the Saints out of the endzone. Hartley was able to add a 25-yard field goal to increase the New Orleans lead to 10-0 at the beginning of the second quarter.
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