Published: Mon, January 01, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

New Orleans Saints 14, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13

New Orleans Saints 14, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13

Congratulations to Tampa, it was an impressive two-minute drive.

Rookie running back Alvin Kamara accounted for both New Orleans touchdowns in the first two quarters, when the Saints assumed a 14-13 advantage at halftime.

The Saints (11-4) already have a playoff spot secured but can win the NFC South Division with a victory over Tampa or if Carolina loses to Atlanta.

Brees completed 5-of-6 passes for 57 yards during the 13-play, 92-yard drive, including a 3-yard touchdown to running back Zach Line with 7:13 remaining.

The Saints went up, 14-7, on a 7-yard touchdown run by Kamara to close a 65-yard drive in six plays.

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Kamara has 14 touchdowns and is the first rookie to have at least five receiving touchdowns, five rushing touchdowns and one kickoff return for a score since Gale Sayers in 1965.

Patrick Murray, whose missed an extra point in the second quarter was the difference on the scoreboard when Winston launched the winning drive, made a 42-yard field goal to help the Bucs pull within 24-23 with four minutes left. That led to the punt to the 5-yard line, which Winston converted into a massive opportunity.

New Orleans struggled at times in every unit.

Godwin has seven receptions for 111 yards. Lutz lined up as if to attempt a 47-yard field goal for what could have been a 17-13 Saints' lead, but he took a pitch from holder Chase Daniel instead and appeared to have an open lane for the first down. He limped off for good a sore knee in the second half.

Buccaneers: Coach Dirk Koetter, who's 13-18, was told before the finale that he will return for a third season.

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