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Winston, Bucs stun Saints in season finale

01 January 2018

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.

The Bucs converted a fourth-and-10 from their own 5 to get the winning drive started.

TAMPA — After four straight one-score losses, the Bucs finally got the close win theyve been waiting for.

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The Bucs (5-11) got 363 passing yards from Winston, who was able to overcome three interceptions with one drive to finish a frustrating season on a high note.

Winston had three completions to Mike Evans on the drive, then found Godwin, a Penn State rookie, open in the end zone for his first National Football League touchdown.

Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan picked up his 13th sack of the season, on a play that ended the first half. Kamara would add a 7-yard rushing touchdown and a 40-yard catch, continuing a phenomenal rookie season. The Saints tried to run out the clock, but Brees was sacked on third-and-10. It drove 92 yards in 13 plays and took up almost seven minutes for a touchdown and 24-20 lead with 7:07 to go in the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Safety Josh Robinson stripped Saints' Tommylee Lewis of the ball on the return and Bucs' safety Isaiah Johnson recovered, running the ball in for the score and putting the Buccaneers up 20-17 with 14:04 remaining in the fourth quarter.

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The Saints scored on the longest kickoff return in club history in the first quarter and took a 14-7 lead late in the period, but found itself in a bit of a struggle with Tampa Bay in the third quarter while nursing a 17-13 lead.

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.

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