NFL: Tampa Bay 26, New Orleans 20

Oct. 16, 2011 at 8:19 PM   |   Comments

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Four field goals by Connor Barth and a game-saving interception by Quincy Black Sunday brought Tampa Bay a 26-20 win over New Orleans.

The contest was marred by a sideline collision during the first period in which New Orleans Coach Sean Payton suffered a broken leg. Assistant Joe Vitt took over Payton's duties and the Saints announced Payton will have surgery Monday.

Tampa Bay moved into a tie for the NFC South lead with New Orleans at 4-2.

Barth kicked a field goal in each quarter, the last of them coming from 40 yards for the game's final points with 7:24 to play.

Quarterback Drew Brees then led the Saints from their own 24 to the Tampa Bay 2-yard line, but on fourth down he was intercepted by Black in the end zone.

It was one of three interceptions for Brees in the game, spoiling a performance in which he threw for 383 yards and a score.

Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman completed 23-of-41 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns. He hit Arrelious Benn with a 65-yarder early in the second quarter and then found Preston Parker from 19 yards out with 3:40 to go in the opening half. Tampa Bay opened a 20-10 lead at intermission.

The collision that injured Payton involved one of his own players. New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham caught a pass near the sideline before being tackled. Graham slammed into Payton as the tackle was being made.

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