Saints lose to Buccaneers, win NFC South anyway

The Bucs came back to beat the Saints 31-24 on a Jameis Winston touchdown pass to Mike Evans with nine seconds left, overshadowing three interceptions on the day.

After three consecutive incompletions, Winston found tight end Cameron Brate for a 12-yard gain on fourth-and-10 and the dramatic drive was on. The Bucs went 95 yards from their own 5-yard line without a timeout in less than two minutes.

Tampa Bay took a 20-17 lead over New Orleans early in the fourth quarter on a fumbled punt return by the Saints' Tommylee Lewis at his 7-yard line, which ended up being the killer for New Orleans.

Although the Buccaneers are currently 4-11 and have endured back-to-back losses for five straight game, they are still playing hard despite their devastating record and now that the franchise has confirmed that Koetter will be returning next season, the Bucs won't have any distractions this afternoon which means they could pull off an incredible upset.

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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. Isaiah Johnson recovered it and returned it for a 7-yard touchdown. Kamara would add a 7-yard rushing touchdown and a 40-yard catch, continuing a phenomenal rookie season. It would be Kamara again who punched in a 7-yard run to put the Saints up 14-7 with 2:36 remaining in the first quarter.

Winston's ill-advised end-zone pick to Saints rookie safety Marcus Williams, his second interception of the game, led to Wil Lutz's 48-yard field goal and a 17-13 New Orleans advantage after three quarters.

The Bucs scored on their opening drive, getting a 1-yard touchdown run from Peyton Barber, who started and ran well, getting 63 yards in the first three quarters.

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