Hartley's Late FG Gives Saints 16-14 Win over Bucs

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Garrett Hartley kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired to give the New Orleans Saints a weather-delayed 16-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Drew Brees shrugged off throwing an interception that was returned to touchdown to give Tampa Bay the lead to complete three straight passes for 54 yards to lead the Saints (2-0) into position to win.

He finished 26 of 46 for 322 yards, but was sacked four times and intercepted twice.

The game was delayed 69 minutes by lightning in the first quarter.

The Bucs (0-2) lost on a field goal in the closing seconds for the second straight week. Linebacker Mason Foster scored on an 85-yard interception return for a 14-13 lead, however Rian Lindell missed a 46-yard field goal attempt with just over a minute later, giving Brees one more chance to bring the Saints back.

Brees led his team into scoring position with completions of 15 yards to Jimmy Graham, 8 yards to Darren Sproles and 31 yards to Marques Colston.


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