1:00 PM ET, December 4, 2005
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- For all the throat-burning motivational talks feisty Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden has given, few have yielded better results than the friendly ribbing he gave Ronde Barber last week after the veteran cornerback dropped a potential interception.
|It was over when ...|
|Aaron Brooks became interception-happy. The Saints QB was intercepted four times, including an end-zone pick on what would have been the tying touchdown on New Orleans' final drive.||Game ball goes to ...|
|Ronde Barber, who intercepted Brooks three times, including once on the Saints' final drive and once in the second quarter to set up the game's only TD.||ESPN's take ...|
This Bucs defense can go as far as it wants to go and that includes the Super Bowl. Offensively, this team needs Chris Simms. He has to continue to elevate his play and the Bucs need Cadillac Williams to show more consistency. This team has good character, but the Bucs must sustain it. I'm eager to see if they can do it.
-- Sean Salisbury
Haslett said Saints defensive tackle Johnathan Sullivan is expected to have X-rays on his ankle, although Sullivan said he was fine. ... The Saints broke Tampa Bay running back Mike Alstott's string of four games with at least one rushing touchdown. ... Todd France, activated the day before the game because of an injury to regular kicker Matt Bryant (hamstring), had his first field-goal attempt blocked in the first quarter. It also marked the Saints' first blocked field goal of the season.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.8||4.4|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||10:16||Joey Galloway 30 Yd Pass From Chris Simms (Todd France Kick) |
Drive: 5 plays, 64 yds, 2:40
|FG||14:14||John Carney 26 Yd |
Drive: 10 plays, 57 yds, 3:58
|FG||5:23||Todd France 28 Yd |
Drive: 12 plays, 41 yds, 6:20