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Buccaneers fall to Saints on last-minute illegal touching penalty

The New Orleans Saints got their second win of the season in a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Saints fans frustrated with historic defense

The New Orleans Saints continued their recovery from a disastrous 0-4 start to the season with a 35-28 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, thanks to a last-play penalty that negated a tying touchdown.

The Saints defense would struggle once again, however, as the Bucaneers would take an early 14-0 lead before Drew Brees completed three touchdown passes in the second quarter to give New Orleans a 28-21 lead heading into halftime. The Saints allowed 513 total yards on Sunday against Tampa Bay, failed to force a turnover and permitted quarterback Josh Freeman to pass for 420 yards and three touchdowns in the game.

It was only thanks to a magnificent performance by Drew Brees, particularly in the first half, that allowed the defense to get off the hook from yet another porous performance.

Dave Cariello of Canal Street Chronicles voiced his displeasure with the Saints defense, which is now historically bad.

2,793

Total yards allowed by the Saints defense in the first six games of the 2012 season, most in NFL history since at least 1940. The previous high was 2,743 by the 1950 Colts.

Talk about it. Or don't, I don't give a s***.

The Saints are 2-4 on the season, partly due to an uneven year for the offense but certainly having much to do with the team's defensive shortcomings. The Saints are not just allowing the most yards per game in the NFL this season, but the most points per game as well.

While the frustration is justified, the defense did make one fantastic play that likely saved the game against Tampa Bay. Safety Malcolm Jenkins was able to track down receiver Vincent Jackson at the end of a 95-yard catch-and-run, with the defense holding strong on a goal-line stand that turned the tide the of the game.

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Bucs fall to Saints on final play of game

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were unable to come away with their third victory on Sunday, instead losing to the New Orleans Saints by the score of 35-28, after the team was unable to force overtime on the final play of the game.

Tampa Bay jumped out to an early 14-0 lead over New Orleans, but Saints quarterback Drew Brees played a first half for the ages and gave his team the lead in what seemed like no time.

While Brees finished with 377 yards and 4 touchdowns, it almost wasn't enough on Sunday as Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman also had a field day.

Freeman threw for 420 yards and 3 touchdowns, but those numbers could have been even better if it weren't for an illegal contact penalty on the final play of the game, overturning what would have been the game-tying touchdown to an incomplete pass.

While no one wants to lose in that fashion, Sander Philipse of SB Nation's Buccaneers blog, Bucs Nation, explains why the call was correct.

The play may look like it should somehow count for the Buccaneers - but it was called correctly. That call ended the game. None of that would have been necessary had the Bucs simply put the game away earlier, had gotten a stop in the first half, or had scored from the one-yard line on one of four downs after a 95-yard Vincent Jackson catch.

Tampa Bay will look to bounce back and do so quickly, as they prepare for their Thursday Night Football showdown with the Minnesota Vikings.

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Saints charge back, outlast Bucs 35-28

Tampa Bay charged out to a 21-7 lead in the first half, blew a lead, then had a chance to send it to overtime, but the Saints managed to escape Tampa with a 35-28 win

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Explaining the Mike Williams illegal touching call

We break down the illegal touching penalty that cost the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a chance for a tie against the New Orleans Saints.

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Vincent Jackson already over 150 yards

Vincent Jackson's 95-yard catch gave him 170 yards on the day. He has been terrorizing the New Orleans Saints' secondary throughout Sunday's game.

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Josh Freeman has a couple TDs in the first half

Josh Freeman is taking advantage of a great matchup against the Saints defense.

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Drew Brees is going off

Drew Brees is on his way to a big afternoon and the Saints can't stop him.

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Vincent Jackson active against Saints

Tampa Bay's top receiver is set to start after a calf injury put him on the injury report. We break down the fantasy implications.

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NFL inactive list, Week 7: Saints vs. Buccaneers

The inactive lists for the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been announced. For the Saints, Jonathan Vilma will play and Jimmy Graham will not.

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Saints trying to battle out of basement vs Bucs

The New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers go head-to-head on Sunday in Week 7 of NFL action.

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