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TAMPA BAY (CBS) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers bounced back after a 48-3 loss last week and beat the New Orleans Saints 26-20 Sunday afternoon.
With an injury plagued roster, Josh Freeman took the reigns and threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns. Earnet Graham led the ground attack with 109 yards in the absence of Legarrette Blount and kept pace with the Saints’ high-powered dual offense.
The win snapped the Saints four game win streak and brought the Bucs to the top of the NFC South with New Orleans.
Tampa Bay’s defense kept their team in the game and intercepted three passes, with the crucial interception coming late in the fourth quarter to ice the game for the Bucs.
New Orleans traveled to Tampa bay with impressive offensive numbers on the ground and in the air, but the Buccaneer defense held the Saints to 70 yards on the ground and the secondary kept Drew Brees in check.
After their worst loss in franchise history, the Bucs came back a week later and made a strong statement in front of their fans.
Raheem Morris had confidence in his bunch to remain competitive and get things done against the division leaders, and now they find themselves atop the NFC South with the Saints.
“We felt that wasn’t us last week for whatever reason,” Graham said to reporters during the post game. “We left that on the field. We left it there. We left it in San Francisco.
Whatever the Bucs were on heading into Sunday’s game, I’d like a piece of it.