Saints frustrate Brady as soon as more, beat SB champ Buccaneers 9-0
Cameron Jordan and the Recent Orleans protection gave Tom Brady suits as soon as more, shutting down Tampa Bay’s high-powered offense Sunday evening because the Saints do the Buccaneers’ division-title celebration plans on grab with a 9-0 victory over the reigning Colossal Bowl champions.
No matter playing with out coach Sean Payton on the sideline, the Saints (7-7) beat the Bucs (10-4) for the seventh straight time one day of the frequent season — fourth since Brady left Recent England for Tampa Bay in 2020.
The victory gave Recent Orleans a sweep of the season assortment between the NFC South competitors and boosted the Saints into playoff location with a grab on the convention's closing wild card. It also forced Tampa Bay to support as a minimal one more week to clinch its first division crown since 2007.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) fumbles the soccer after getting hit by Recent Orleans Saints defensive terminate Cameron Jordan (94) one day of the 2nd half of an NFL soccer sport Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Advise/Jason Behnken)
The Bucs, who did hold a playoff sport at Recent Orleans closing January en path to worthwhile the Colossal Bowl, lead the division by three video games with three weeks last within the frequent season.
With defensive coordinator Dennis Allen standing in for Payton, who missed the game after testing obvious for COVID-19, the Saints stymied the NFL’s No. 1 passing and scoring offense and ended Brady’s trail of 255 consecutive begins with out being shut out.
Jordan had two sacks, surpassing 100 for his occupation, and forced a key fumble within the lowest-scoring sport of the NFL season. It used to be the first time in his celebrated occupation that Brady lost to an opponent that did now not manage a touchdown.
"See, if we wanted to amass, we had to position it on the D-line," Jordan stated. "We installed a four-man urge entrance and we purchased after him. We hit him early, we hit him in overall and we form of rushed him a few extra times than he in overall has been. I imply, to receive Tom Brady — he is purchased one of many fastest releases within the game. So I am factual overly impressed with my D-line."
Brady leads the NFL in completions, makes an attempt, yards passing and TD passes, however used to be factual 26 of 48 for 213 yards and one interception — the eighth he’s thrown in four typical-season video games in opposition to the Saints, who didn’t possess any turnovers Sunday evening.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) fumbles the soccer after getting hit by Recent Orleans Saints defensive terminate Cameron Jordan (94) and cornerback P.J. Williams (26) one day of the 2nd half of an NFL soccer sport Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. The Saints recovered the fumble. (AP Advise/Place LoMoglio)
Taysom Hill, within the meantime, used to be 13 of 27 for 154 yards and no interceptions for Recent Orleans, which also purchased field targets of 39, 35 and 42 yards from Brett Maher.
The Saints possess received the NFC South every year since 2017, and irrespective of shedding well-known particular person quarterback Drew Brees to retirement and his successor, Jameis Winston, to a season-ending knee injury, they’re now not relinquishing the crown with out a battle.
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Trevor Siemian came off the bench to replace Winston and lead Recent Orleans to a 36-27 victory within the first meeting between the fierce competitors on Oct. 31. Brady threw for 375 yards and two TDs in that one, however also lost a fumble and had one of his two interceptions returned for a touchdown within the loss.
This time, the Saints' protection sacked Brady four times, forced a fumble by the 44-year-historic quarterback that ruined Tampa Bay’s absolute best scoring opportunity within the 2nd half, and also intercepted the seven-time Colossal Bowl winner as soon as.
Recent Orleans Saints defensive support Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, magnificent, title callings Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady after Brady fumbled the soccer one day of the 2nd half of an NFL soccer sport Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Advise/Jason Behnken)
"I have confidence it is factual a testomony to what our protection is in a location to discontinue," Jordan stated. "The manner we had been in a location to attack the offense, I with out a doubt appreciate it."
Saints: Performed with out LT Terron Armstead and RT Ryan Ramszyk, each and every out with knee injuries.
Buccaneers: WRs Chris Godwin (knee) and Mike Evans (hamstring) left within the 2nd quarter, Godwin after taking a laborious hit from Saints CB P.J. Williams. Neither receiver returned to the game. ... RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) departed within the third quarter. ... S Jordan Whitehead returned to the lineup after lacking two video games, however S Antoine Winfield Jr. (foot), CB Jamel Dean (illness) and CB Richard Sherman (Achilles) had been idle.
Saints: Host the Miami Dolphins next Monday evening.
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Buccaneers: Lope to Carolina for the first of two video games the defending champs will play in opposition to the Panthers within the closing three weeks of the frequent season.