Saints Win Overtime Nail Biter Against Tampa Bay
Sunday’s win made it the tenth consecutive victory for the Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, but they were sure to make it a nail-biter. The Saints rallied from an 11 point fourth quarter deficit to force overtime and win. A few times early this season, it was one play that ended it for the Saints, but on Sunday, it was one play that put the momentum back in their favor.
In the fourth on 3rd and 29 from the one, Saints Defensive End, Junior Galette, sacked Tampa Bay’s Mike Glennon for a safety to cut the Bucs’ lead to three. Galette says, “There was like two penalties on that drive. One of them was the pre-snap. It made it about the third and 25 plus, and we were actually expecting the run from them and they passed the ball, so we just took advantage of that opportunity.”
Tied at 31 in overtime, Saints Running Back, Khiry Robinson, took the hand off and went 18 yards for the winning touchdown. Final score: New Orleans – 37, Tampa Bay – 31.
The team agrees that a lot of credit goes to the offensive line up front. Saints Tackle, Zach Strief, says, “We kind of made some adjustments in the second half and I think got into some good stuff, some plays that were effective for us. Again, you talk about confidence, those guys trusted in us and kept running the ball hard and I really think as a group, we kind of wore them down at the end and I thought we ran real hard at the end.”
A big contributor in the win was Saints Running Back, Pierre Thomas, totaling 112 yards from scrimmage with four carries for 35 yards and eight receptions for 77 yards. Teammates say he’s a jack of all trades, but Thomas says his key to effectiveness has been learning how to be patient.
Thomas says, “It’s a fast paced game, you know, you move fast, but once you learn it, it’s just like with anything. You learn it a lot, you practice, practice. Everything slows down and it just flows and you gotta’ have patience, and that’s one thing I gotta’ say I have now is patience. I didn’t have that in the beginning. I didn’t know, nobody told me that, it’s just something you gotta’ learn.”
The coaching staff says there’s still a lot to work on, but for now, the mission is to get rested and to get their guys healthy. Saints Tight End, Jimmy Graham, left Sunday’s game in the first half with a sprained shoulder. The injury comes at an opportune time for the Saints, who have a bye next week before facing the Detroit Lions on the 19th.