The Saints Hang On

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Drew Brees threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns, and Scott Fujita made a clinching interception in the final minute, lifting the New Orleans Saints to a 24-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Brees' scoring passes went for 39 yards to David Patten, 84 yards to Devery Henderson and 42 yards to Reggie Bush. Bush's score put the Saints in the lead for good in the fourth quarter.
Tampa Bay's Jeff Garcia was 24-of-41 for 221 yards, including a 2-yard TD pass to Ike Hilliard, which gave the Bucs a brief 20-17 lead.
But the Tampa Bay offense produced only one TD. The Bucs' defense got the other in the first quarter, when blitzing linebacker Barrett Ruud hit Brees as he threw, causing a fluttering pass that Phillip Buchanon intercepted and returned 26 yards.


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