NFL: Tampa Bay 23, New Orleans 20

Nov. 30, 2008 at 5:35 PM   |   0 comments

TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Matt Bryant's late field goal Sunday lifted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 23-20 win over the New Orleans Saints.

With the game tied at 20 and 1:55 left, Bryant's third field, a 37-yarder, was a game-winner.

He had kicked two field goals in the second quarter, pulling Tampa Bay within 10-6 at halftime.

Quarterback Jeff Garcia completed only 9-of-23 passes for 119 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, while Warrick Dunn gained 74 yards on 22 carries for the Buccaneers (9-3), who secured the win after defensive backs Jermaine Phillips and Philip Buchanon made key pass interceptions prior to Bryant's heroics.

New Orleans' Drew Brees, who faced a fierce pass rush, went 25-of-47 for 296 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Garrett Heartley kicked two field goals and Marques Colston caught six passes for 106 yards for the Saints (6-6), who fell three games behind Tampa Bay in the NFC South Division.

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