Saints Report: New Orleans blows 13-point 4th quarter lead to Bucs

For whatever reason, ever since Tom Brady got to Tampa Bay, home games against the New Orleans Saints have followed a certain formula. Last night’s primetime showdown was following that same formula for the first 57 minutes of the game until it wasn’t.

Prior to their week 13 loss on Monday Night Football, the Saints had dominated the Buccaneers on the road, going almost 12 full quarters without allowing as much as a touchdown.

Hence the word almost, with the Bucs finally finding the end zone with three minutes left in the game on a one-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Cade Otton.

With three seconds left to go, Brady hooks up with Rachaad White for the six-yard score and the 17-16 comeback victory.

Plenty of history behind that touchdown, Brady’s latest go-ahead TD pass of his entire career. Also breaks a tie with Peyton Manning, now his 44th fourth-quarter comeback. His only other fourth-quarter comeback of 13 points or more was in Super Bowl 51.

Had the Saints been able to pull it out, they would have been just a half-game out of first place in the NFC South. Instead, they’re 4-9 and now guaranteed their first losing season since 2016. Saints Linebacker Demario Davis said, “Anytime you lose in this game it’s hard. It’s especially difficult when they’re division games, road games, especially difficult when you have a lead in the end of the game.”

Saints Quarterback Andy Dalton said, “Yeah, at this point, with where we’re at in the season, there’s only four games left and it’s unfortunate that we keep having to say the same thing over and over and over again. And the missed opportunities have hurt us. We’ve had chances in a lot of games this year, and we haven’t made the plays when we needed to its affected the game and it’s been the same outcome.”

A much-needed bye week on tap for the Saints, who finally return home in week 15 to host the Falcons.

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