The New Orleans Saints start off their 2020 campaign with a 34-23 win over their NFC South rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of the NFL’s most improved teams this offseason, adding multiple future Hall of Famers in the offseason. With no preseason to watch, the Saints thwarted America’s first look at the “hot” new team starting off their season with a win.
The first quarter was not indicative of how the game would go for the Saints. They got the ball first and immediately went three and out. The Buccaneers then took to the ball and immediately capitalized on their first drive with a Tom Brady rushing touchdown.
It looked like it could’ve got ugly in New Orleans early.
That would prove to be the only score of the first quarter after another punt by the Saints and a three and out by the Buccaneers. Both teams seemed to get out to a slow start, but the Buccaneers ended the quarter on top.
The second quarter is when the Saints that we know and love started to show through. Kamara started off the scoring of the quarter with a 12-yard reception from Drew Brees to tie the game at 7-7. Just two plays; later, Marcus Williams intercepts Tom Brady.
It only took the black and gold three plays from the interception for Kamara, who recently just signed a massive extension, to find the endzone for the second time in the first half. After another Saints score and a field goal by Wil Lutz, New Orleans led 17-7 at the intermission.
New Orleans picked up the second half right where they left off in the first. Just five plays in, Janoris Jenkins picked off Tom Brady and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown. The first Saints defensive touchdown of the season.
Later that quarter, the Buccaneers finally responded to the Saints 24 unanswered points with a nine-yard touchdown pass from Brady to O.J. Howard. They capped it off with a late 38-yard field goal from Ryan Succop. It was 24-17 going into the fourth quarter.
The black and gold went back to work with a 40-yard pass to Jared Cook setting up a 5-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders who scored his first touchdown as a Saint. After a muffed kickoff from the Buccaneers, Wil Lutz got another attempt and success at a field goal.
The Buccaneers marched down and scored a touchdown right after the Lutz field goal making it a high-scoring 34-23 game. That is where the game ended after Kamara stepped out of bounds before he could get another touchdown in.
The Saints, after a rough first quarter, looked great in their 2020 debut.