Riding a 316 yards total offensive output, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took care of the New Orleans Saints in a hard-fought victory of 30-20, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021 in Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Contributing to this victory, Tom Brady threw the football for 199 yards, and two touchdowns. The Buccaneers also had a rushing game that produced 127 yards and one rushing touchdown.
Brady finished the game with two touchdowns, completing 18 of 33 passes. At the end of the day, he finished with 199 yards and no interceptions, and a passer rating of 92.90.
The ground game for the Buccaneers saw Leonard Fournette carrying the football 17 times, and Ronald Jones helping with rushing the ball 13 times. The two rushers produced 63 yards and 62 yards respectively in a winning effort. The passing game for the Buccaneers had Brady tossing the football to Scott Miller and Chris Godwin as his most productive targets. Miller caught one pass for a net gain of 29 yards. The secondary target (Godwin) caught four passes for a net contribution of 34 yards.
The Buccaneers were helped by a defensive effort that resulted in no sacks, and zero tackles for loss, to go along with one forced fumble, with no defensive touchdowns.
On the losing side of the game, Drew Brees of the Saints ended the day with one touchdown, along with 134 yards, three interceptions, and a 38.10 passer rating.
The rushing game for the Saints was led by Ty Montgomery and Alvin Kamara. For the game, Montgomery rushed for 14 yards from carrying the football four times. Meanwhile Kamara carried the ball 18 times for a total of 85 yards. For the passing game, the top receivers for the Saints included Tre’Quan Smith and Emmanuel Sanders. Smith caught three passes for a total of 85 yards, while Sanders contributed with 48 yards from six passes.
In a losing effort, the Saints defense contributed with one sack , zero forced fumbles, zero tackles for loss, and zero defensive touchdowns for the game.
In this win or go home game, the Buccaneers wins, while the Saints gets to go home.