Game 2 Rapid Reaction: Saints vs. Bucs

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Saints 16, Buccaneers 14

Despite Everything Ugly, the Saints Escape 2-0

Sep 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley (5) is congratulated by teammates after he kicked the game winning field goal as time expires during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. The Saints won 16-14. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

I guess you can’t exactly call this a ‘Rapid’ Reaction, as it’s the next day, however, for continuity, let’s keep it going.

Yesterday had a variety of elements (both literally & figuratively). The game was delayed for 69 minutes yesterday. It was a sloppy game, to say the very least. You could have said this was a classic ‘trap’ game, but it was just another NFC South clash.

We could spend a great deal looking at all of the negative aspects of the game, but let’s just focus on the key elements to yesterday’s victory. 

Quick Box Score Stats

Total First Downs: New Orleans 21, Tampa Bay 14

Third Down Efficiency: New Orleans (35% – 5/14), Tampa Bay (38% – 5/13)

Total Net Yards: New Orleans (371), Tampa Bay (273)

Sacks: New Orleans (1), Tampa Bay (4)

Turnovers: Tied (2)

Time of Possession: New Orleans (32:36); Tampa Bay (27:24)

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  • Mike Drake

    Its odd to see the defense out-performing the offense. I can’t help but be a little concerned though. The Saints are averaging 1 defensive player per half of football being helped off of the field with an injury (not to mention all of the training cap injuries.) How long can we maintain a quality defense with this happening?

    • John Hendrix

      Well Mike, the good news is that these younger players are responding. I think it speaks a lot to Rob Ryan. We definitely can’t afford to lose any other players on defense, but at least the guys we have brought in behind the players (Haralson, Richardson, Carr) are seasoned & are ready.

  • F Allain

    As you said a win is a win. There are no extra points for winning by 5 TD’s or by 1 point. The win goes to the team with the most points at the end of the game.

    • John Hendrix

      Yes sir. It’s ugly, but we’ll take it. I mean think about the Falcons last season. How many of their games did they win in the last minute that they shouldn’t have?

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