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11 December 2016

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints Postgame Notes (12/11/16)

- The Buccaneers scored the first points of the game, with K Roberto Aguayo connecting on a 41-yard field goal to cap off a nine plays, 48-yard drive lasting 3:00.
- On Tampa Bay’s next drive, the team drove 75 yards in 11 plays, taking up 6:37. The drive ended in a one-yard rushing touchdown from RB Doug Martin, his third rushing score of the season and the 23rd of his career.
- The Buccaneers recorded their first takeaway of the game on the ensuing Saints possession, with LB Kwon Alexander tipping a pass that was intercepted by CB Vernon Hargreaves III at the Tampa Bay 29-yard line. It was the first interception of the season for Hargreaves.
- Following the interception, the Buccaneers drove 50 yards in 10 plays, taking up 4:45, with Roberto Aguayo connecting on his second field goal of the day, a 39-yard attempt.
- With nine second left in the first half, New Orleans faced second-and-goal to go from Tampa Bay’s six-yard line. DE Robert Ayers Jr. then recorded the first sack of the day for either team, dropping Saints QB Drew Brees for a nine-yard loss, forcing the Saints to settle for a field goal.
- Roberto Aguayo added his third field goal of the game in the fourth quarter, finishing a 13-play, 68-yard drive lasting 5:49.
- The Buccaneers recorded their second interception of the game in the fourth quarter, with S Keith Tandy deflecting a pass that was intercepted by CB Brent Grimes. Grimes now has three interceptions this season and 29 in his career.
- Since 2013, Grimes has 16 interceptions, tied for the third-most in the league during that span and the second-most by a cornerback in that time.
Rank       Player (Team)                                       INT
1.            CB Richard Sherman (SEA)                    18
1.            S Reggie Nelson (OAK)*                         17
3.            CB Brent Grimes (TB)                          16
3.            S Glover Quin (DET)                              16
4.            S Tashaun Gipson (JAC)                        14
4.            CB Trumaine Johnson (LA)                     14
4.            CB Aqib Talib (DEN)                               14
- The Buccaneers recorded their third interception of the game on the Saints’ final drive, with S Keith Tandy intercepting a pass at the New Orleans 47-yard line to seal the Tampa Bay victory. It was Tandy’s second interception this season and the sixth of his career. Tandy also led the team with nine tackles.
- Tampa Bay’s three interceptions in today’s game are a season high and the most since recording three in a victory at Philadelphia last season (11/22/15).
- The team has recorded at least two interceptions in each of the past three games, the team’s longest streak since 2013 (four games: 11/17/13 vs. Atlanta-12/8/13 vs. Buffalo).
- The Buccaneers have held their last five opponents under 21 points, the longest such streak since 2009-10 (five games: 12/20/09 at Seattle-9/19/10 at Carolina) and the first time in the same season since 2008 (five games: 9/28/08 vs. Green Bay-10/26/08 at Dallas).
- Tampa Bay has held its past five opponents to 350 or fewer yards, the longest such streak since 2014 (six games: 10/26/14 vs. Minnesota-11/30/14 vs. Cincinnati).
- New Orleans was held without a touchdown in today’s game, marking only the second time during the Drew Brees/Sean Payton era that the team has not scored a touchdown (also 11/29/15 at Houston).
- Saints QB Drew Brees finished the game with a 48.5 passer rating, his lowest mark in a single game since 2012 (11/29/12 at Atlanta, 37.6). Brees’ 257 passing yards and 61.0 completion percentage are both season lows.
- The Saints entered today’s game with the best third down conversion rate in the NFL (49.7) and were held to 31 percent (4-of-13), the team’s second-lowest mark this season.
- Tampa Bay has won each of the past five games, tied for the third-longest streak in team history and the longest streak since 2002 (five games: 9/15/02 at Baltimore-10/13/02 vs. Cleveland).
- QB Jameis Winston threw for 184 yards in today’s game, bringing his career total to 7,406 -- passing Derek Carr, Dan Marino and Blake Bortles for the fourth-most passing yards by a quarterback in their first two seasons in NFL history.
Rank          Player                                                    Yards
1.               Andrew Luck (IND, 2012-13)                    8,196
2.               Cam Newton (CAR, 2011-12)                  7,920
3.               Peyton Manning (IND, 1998-99)               7,874
4.               Jameis Winston (TB, 2015-16)              7,406
5.               Blake Bortles (JAC, 2014-15)                   7,336
6.               Dan Marino (MIA, 1983-84)                     7,294
7.               Derek Carr (OAK, 2014-15)                     7,257
8.               Ryan Tannehill (MIA, 2012-13)                 7,207
9.               Andy Dalton (CIN, 2011-12)                     7,067
10.             Drew Bledsoe (NE, 1993-94)                   7,049
-  Winston has 3,364 passing yards this season, the 10th-most in a single season in team history.
Rank          Player                                          Yards
1.               Josh Freeman, 2012                     4,065
2.               Jameis Winston, 2015                   4,042
3.               Brad Johnson, 2003                      3,811
4.               Josh Freeman, 2011                     3,592
5.               Doug Williams, 1981                     3,563
6.               Steve DeBerg, 1984                      3,554
7.               Josh Freeman, 2010                     3,451
8.               Brad Johnson, 2001                      3,406
9.               Doug Williams, 1980                     3,396
10.             Jameis Winston, 2016                 3,364
- WR Josh Huff made his Buccaneers debut in today’s game.
- T Leonard Wester made his NFL debut in today’s game.
- Today’s inactives:
#4    QB   Ryan Griffin
#11  WR  Adam Humphries
#23  S     Chris Conte
#69  T      Demar Dotson
#75  DL   DaVonte Lambert
#77  OL   Caleb Benenoch
#88  TE   Luke Stocker

WR    #89  Russell Shepard
TE     #84  Cameron Brate
LT     #76  Donovan Smith
LG     #64  Kevin Pamphile
C       #68  Joe Hawley
RG    #74  Ali Marpet
RT     #78  Gosder Cherilus
TE     #82  Brandon Myers
WR    #13  Mike Evans
QB    #3    Jameis Winston
RB     #22  Doug Martin
DE     #91  Robert Ayers Jr.
DT     #93  Gerald McCoy
DT     #98  Clinton McDonald
DE     #92  William Gholston
SLB   #58  Daryl Smith
MLB  #58  Kwon Alexander
WLB  #54  Lavonte David
CB     #28  Vernon Hargreaves III
CB     #24  Brent Grimes
S       #37  Keith Tandy      
S       #30  Bradley McDougald

- Today’s paid attendance: 62,140

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