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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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