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20 September 2015

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints Postgame Notes (9/20/15)

- On the Saints’ second possession, with New Orleans facing third-and-four from their own 23-yard line, DE Jacquies Smith recorded his second sack and first forced fumble of the season, stripping Saints QB Drew Brees. Brees recovered the fumble at the New Orleans 2-yard line.
- Smith added a second sack and forced fumble on the next Saints possession, becoming the first Buccaneer to post two or more sacks and two or more forced fumbles in the same game since 2007 (Stylez G. White, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles at Houston, 12/9/07)
- On the ensuing possession, K Kyle Brindza connected on his first career field goal, a 55-yarder, which ties the fourth-longest field goal in team history. Brindza later added 35-yard  and 22-yard field goals.
(Regular Season Team History)
Player                                  Opp.        Date          FG
1. Matt Bryant                       PHI      10/22/06        62
2. Connor Barth                    WAS      9/30/12         57
2. Michael Husted                 @LA*    12/19/93        57
4. Connor Barth                   @DEN    12/2/12         55
4. Connor Barth                     HOU     11/13/11        55
4. Kyle Brindza                    @NO      9/20/15         55
4. Martin Gramatica               DET     10/19/00        55
4. Donald Igwebuike             @MIN    11/30/86        55
4. Patrick Murray                  @NO      10/5/14         55
- DT Gerald McCoy sacked Brees in the second quarter of the game, his second sack of the season and the 29th of his career, giving him the seventh-most sacks in team history (was tied with DB Ronde Barber).
Rank      Player, Years                                           Sacks
1.           Lee Roy Selmon, 1976-84                           78.5
2.           Warren Sapp, 1995-03                                77.0
3.           Simeon Rice, 2001-06                                69.5
4.           David Logan, 1979-86                                39.0
5.           Chidi Ahanotu, 1993-2000, 2004                  34.5
6.           Brad Culpepper, 1994-99                            33.0
7.           Gerald McCoy, 2010-Present                     29.0
8.           Rondé Barber, 1997-2012                           28.0
9.           Broderick Thomas, 1989-93                        26.5
10.         Greg Spires, 2002-07                                 26.0
- Since 2012, McCoy has 25 sacks, the most in the NFL by a defensive tackle during that timeframe.
2012-15 NFL SACK LEADERS (Defensive Tackles)*
Rank      Player (Team)                                           Sacks
1.           Gerald McCoy (Tampa Bay)                       25.0
2.           Geno Atkins (Cincinnati)                             23.5
3.           Marcell Dareus (Buffalo)                             23.0
4.           Ndamukong Suh (Miami)                           22.0*
5.           Kyle Williams (Buffalo)                               21.0
*Has not completed Week 2 contest
- With 1:15 remaining in the first half, the Buccaneers took over at the Saints’ 37-yard line and proceeded to go 63 yards in six plays, culminating in a touchdown pass from QB Jameis Winston to WR Vincent Jackson. It was Winston’s third touchdown pass of the season and Jackson’s first touchdown reception of the year. Jackson now has 18 touchdown receptions as a Buccaneer, the eighth-most in franchise history.
(Buccaneers History)
Rank      Player, Years                                          Rec. TD
1.           TE Jimmie Giles, 1978-86                            34
2.           WR Kevin House, 1980-86                           31
3.           WR Joey Galloway, 2004-08                        28
4.           WR Mark Carrier, 1987-92                            27
5.           WR Mike Williams, 2010-13                          25
6.           TE Dave Moore, 1992-2001, 2004-06            24
7.           WR Bruce Hill, 1987-1991                             23
8.           WR Vincent Jackson, 2012-Present            18
9.           WR Gerald Carter, 1981-87                           17
9.           WR Keyshawn Johnson, 2000-03                 17
- After scoring on their final drive of the first half, the Buccaneers received the opening kickoff of the second half, going 80 plays in four plays, capped off by a one-yard rushing touchdown from Winston, the first rushing score of his career. The last time Tampa Bay scored on their last possession of the first half and their first possession of the second half was at New Orleans last season (10/5/14).
- Following Winston’s rushing touchdown, Tampa Bay registered their first interception of the season, with S Chris Conte picking off Brees and lateraling the ball to CB Alterraun Verner, who returned the interception 28 yards. K Kyle Brindza connected on a 35-yard field goal on the ensuing drive.
- The Buccaneers recorded their second takeaway of the game on the Saints’ next possession, with CB Sterling Moore forcing a fumble from New Orleans WR Willie Snead, which was recovered by S D.J. Swearinger, leading to Brindza’s third made field goal of the day, a 22-yarder.

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