The Saints had conscionable taken the pb and yet it felt ominous.
A 23-yard tract extremity by Brian Johnson enactment the Saints up 29-27 implicit the Buccaneers with 1:41 near successful the game. But their assertive play-calling wrong the 10-yard line, 2 incomplete passes by Trevor Siemian and settling for a tract extremity near Tom Brady with plentifulness of clip to adhd to his NFL legend.
Instead, 2 plays aboriginal Brady thew an interception that was returned for a touchdown by P.J. Williams, sealing the Saints’ 36-27 victory.
“I deliberation I conscionable threw it to the incorrect guy,” Brady told reporters aft the game. “I had Mike (Evans) open. It outgo america the game.”
“He forced the 1 astatine the end,” Buccaneers manager Bruce Arians said. “That was not diagnostic of him.”
Brady threw for 375 yards and 4 touchdowns but his mistakes — two interceptions and a fumble — proved costly against a Saints squad that has won each 3 regular-season matchups against him since helium joined Tampa Bay past season. However, the Bucs did triumph a Divisional Round playoff crippled successful New Orleans past play connected their mode to a Super Bowl.
“It’s pugnacious to triumph erstwhile you crook the shot implicit similar we did,” Brady said. “I person to not propulsion interceptions. That’s the key.”
Brady was not unsocial successful his struggles, though.
The Bucs (6-2) tied a play precocious with 11 penalties for 99 yards, including six antiaircraft infractions that contributed to 13 points connected 3 drives led by Siemian, who has been a starter successful the NFL but not since 2017 with Denver.
Siemian entered the crippled erstwhile Jameis Winston suffered what Saints manager Sean Payton deemed a “significant” limb wounded successful the archetypal half.
— With AP