Saints Report: Saints stymie Super Bowl champs in week 15 slugfest
As much as the New Orleans Saints defense did on Sunday night, it’s more about what QB Tom Brady didn’t do for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brady’s streak of consecutive starts without being shutout ended at 225 games, previously the second-longest streak in NFL history.
Saints legend Drew Brees ended his 304-game career without being shutout in a start ever.
The Saints kicked field goals in the first, second, and fourth quarters en route to a 9-0 victory over the Bucs, good for the team’s first shutout since 2017 and Brady’s first home shutout ever.
And what a performance by the Saints defense, sacking Brady four times on third down for his first time since 2002.
This new-age Dome Patrol also coming up with a timely fumble recovery and interception, keeping the Saints’ playoff hopes very much alive as they head into week 16 with an overall mark of 7-7. Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen said, “I think that’s big. I think he does a really good job of recognizing the coverages and knows when you’re sending a five-man pressure. He knows where to go with the ball, and so I think it’s hard to get to him at times doing that, and so if you’re able to rush him with four I think that’s when most teams have been successful.”
Defensive End Cameron Jordan said, “Put ourselves in a great position to make a run at this game where we ended up 9-0. Who would’ve thought that would’ve been the end score to the game? We go into the fourth quarter, and we’re all rallying. Like look, 6-0, if they don’t score, we win. And who would’ve thought that we put another three points on the board and finish the game the way we did?”
Next up for the Saints is Monday Night Football in the Superdome against the Miami Dolphins at 7:15 p.m. on ESPN.