The Saints defense scores!
After the Brees interception, the Saints defense is on its heels. Jameis Winston had struggled all game to move the ball, but suddenly he’s cutting through the Black and Gold like a knife through butter. Mike Evans is too much. Winston has too much time in the pocket. The Saints coverage is falling apart, and the Buccaneers are entering Saints territory.
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On 2nd and short, Dirk Koetter decides to go for the jugular. He dials up a max protection, go-route for Evans. Jameis Winston takes a five-step drop, Evans appears to break free from Sterling Moore’s coverage, Vonn Bell is trailing the play, desperately trying to catch the Buccaneers receiver. The protection seems good, and Winston cocks his arm back to throw.
But what’s this?
Suddenly, a flash of gold comes breaking through the line of red. Cameron Jordan rips free of the offensive line. He’s coming right for Winston, but Jameis is already in the throwing motion. Evans is open. Can Jordan reach him in time?
Winston’s arm comes surging forward. The ball is leaving his hands. Jordan makes contact with the body, but is it too little, too late?
The ball comes wobbling out of Winston’s hands! It’s a lame duck, floating in the air above the scrum that is the line of scrimmage. It starts to drop, but only Winston appears to even see the ball. But suddenly one head jumps up out of the crowd, two hands corral the ball, and like out of rocket, there he goes. It’s Jairus Byrd.
And he’s all alone. After making a move on an off-balance Winston, he’s gone. The Saints defense scores, and it’s a two-point game.