1:00 PM ET, November 30, 2008
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
TAMPA, Fla. -- New Orleans put the game in Drew Brees' hands, and Tampa Bay took it right away.The relentless Buccaneers defense pressured the NFL's leading passer all afternoon, then intercepted him twice in the closing minutes Sunday to stay atop the NFC South with a 23-20 victory over the Saints."You know you're going to get opportunities," Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber said after Brees threw on nine of New Orleans' first 11 plays and finished with 47 attempts on a rainy day that might have discouraged some other quarterbacks.
• Jeff Garcia threw for 119 yards -- the second straight week he won despite throwing for fewer than 200 yards.
• Drew Brees tied a season high with three interceptions -- both were done in divisional road games. The other time was Week 10 at Atlanta.
• Lance Moore set a team record with a receiving touchdown in five straight games.
• Brees threw for 296 yards but was forced to throw 47 pass attempts. He is 2-for-16 in his career with throwing 45 or more pass attempts in a game.
-- ESPN research
Drew Brees has been having a fantastic, and potentially record-breaking, season. But Sunday, when Brees went beyond 10 yards, things got hairy.
|Less than 10||10 or more|
Watch highlights from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 23-20 win over the New Orleans Saints.
Colston had six catches for 106 yards. Reggie Bush played for the first time since tearing the meniscus in his left knee on Oct. 19 and having arthroscopic surgery. He finished with zero yards rushing on three carries and five receptions for 32 yards. ... Warrick Dunn led Tampa Bay with 74 yards rushing on 22 attempts.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.0||4.2|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||05:37||Garrett Hartley 47 Yd||3||0|
|FG||14:50||Matt Bryant 38 Yd||3||3|
|FG||02:34||Matt Bryant 23 Yd||3||6|
|TD||00:33||Lance Moore 13 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley Kick)||10||6|
|TD||10:14||Carnell Williams 8 Yd Run (Matt Bryant Kick)||10||13|
|TD||08:36||Antonio Bryant 39 Yd Pass From Jeff Garcia (Matt Bryant Kick)||10||20|
|TD||12:09||Pierre Thomas 20 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley Kick)||17||20|
|FG||05:34||Garrett Hartley 43 Yd||20||20|
|FG||01:55||Matt Bryant 37 Yd||20||23|