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Saints beat Buccaneers, shutout Brady for first time in 15 years

| December 19, 2021, 11:46 PMDecember 19, 2021, 11:46 PMTAMPA, Fla. -- Nobody hounds Tom Brady like the New Orleans Saints. Cameron Jordan and the New Orleans defence gave Brady fits again, shutting down Tampa Bay's high-powered offense Sunday night as the Saints put the Buccaneers' division-title celebration plans on hold with a 9-0 victory…

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| December 19, 2021, 11: 46 PM

December 19, 2021, 11: 46 PM

TAMPA, Fla. -- No person hounds Tom Brady esteem the New Orleans Saints.

Cameron Jordan and the New Orleans defence gave Brady suits again, shutting down Tampa Bay's high-powered offense Sunday evening as the Saints establish apart the Buccaneers' division-title event plans on sustain with a 9-0 victory over the reigning Substantial Bowl champions.

"Ethical a annoying evening. Did not develop unheard of of anything else acceptable," said Brady, who smashed a tablet on the bench in frustration unhurried within the fourth quarter.

"I favor it changed into factual one element. It changed into slightly just a few issues," he added. "We factual didn't play successfully ample. We're no longer going to net scoring no aspects."

Irrespective of enjoying with out coach Sean Payton on the sideline, the Saints (7-7) beat the Bucs (10-4) for the seventh straight time at some level of the fashionable season -- fourth since Brady left New England for Tampa Bay in 2020.

And no question, defence changed into the utilizing power at the support of this one.

"That probabilities are you'll well't issue ample about what they did to pitch a shutout esteem that. And in opposition to a Brady-led offense, or no longer it is incredible," Saints quarterback Taysom Hill said. "Segment of our play calling and all that changed into reflective of how successfully they were enjoying."

The victory gave New Orleans a sweep of the season sequence between the NFC South opponents and boosted the Saints into playoff put with a sustain on the convention's final wild card. It also pressured Tampa Bay to wait a minimum of every other week to clinch its first division crown since 2007.

The Bucs, who did net a playoff sport at New Orleans final January en path to winning the Substantial Bowl, lead the division by three games with three weeks final within the fashionable season.

With defensive coordinator Dennis Allen standing in for Payton, who uncared for the sport after checking out sure for COVID-19, the Saints stymied the NFL's No. 1 passing and scoring offense and ended Brady's walk of 255 consecutive begins (in conjunction with playoff games) with out being shut out.

Ragged Saints superstar Drew Brees (304) is the particular quarterback with an extended walk.

"This wasn't in any means a one-man repeat," Allen said. "This changed into a corporation that came collectively and received a sport."

Jordan had two of New Orleans' four sacks, surpassing 100 for his profession, and pressured a key fumble within the bottom-scoring sport of the NFL season. It changed into the predominant time Brady lost to an opponent that did no longer position up a touchdown.

"Check, if we mandatory to net, we had to put it on the D-line," Jordan said. "We establish apart in a four-man walk front and we got after him. We hit him early, we hit him most steadily and we type of rushed him just a few extra times than he most steadily has been. I mean, to acquire Tom Brady -- he's got regarded as one of the predominant fastest releases within the sport. So I'm factual overly impressed with my D-line."

Brady leads the NFL in completions (404), makes an attempt (602), yards passing (4,348) and TD passes (36), but he changed into factual 26 of 48 for 213 yards and one interception -- the eighth he's thrown in four fashionable-season games in opposition to the Saints, who didn't hold any turnovers Sunday evening.

Hill, meanwhile, changed into 13 of 27 for 154 yards and no interceptions for New Orleans, which also got field dreams of 39, 35 and 42 yards from Brett Maher.

The twin-threat quarterback position up Maher's first field map with a 40-yard completion to Marquez Callaway. They blended on a 33-yard walk play to position up the 35-yarder that gave New Orleans a 6-0 halftime lead.

"Obviously, we would slightly hold touchdowns than field dreams in these eventualities, but we were ready to advance away with aspects," Allen said. "And the means this sport ended up enjoying out it changed into extra about preserving the football and enjoying the sphere-put sport, because we felt factual in regards to the defence and the means we were enjoying."

The Saints hold received two in a row after a 5-sport shedding walk that jeopardized their postseason probabilities.

"We're conscious of the scenario," Hill said. "We're 7-7 now and we're doing the total lot we can to acquire to the playoffs. We must means every sport esteem or no longer it is a playoff sport."

The Saints hold received the NFC South yearly since 2017, and no topic shedding Brees to retirement and his successor, Jameis Winston, to a season-ending knee ruin, they're no longer relinquishing the crown with out a fight.

Trevor Siemian came off the bench to change Winston and lead New Orleans to a 36-27 victory within the predominant meeting between the fierce opponents on Oct. 31. Brady threw for 375 yards and two TDs in that one, but also lost a fumble and had regarded as one of his two interceptions returned for a touchdown within the loss.

This time, the Saints' defence careworn Brady repeatedly, pressured a fumble by the 44-year-oldschool quarterback that ruined Tampa Bay's most efficient scoring change within the 2d half of, and also intercepted the seven-time Substantial Bowl winner unhurried within the sport.

"I ponder or no longer it is factual a testomony to what our defence is able to develop," Jordan said. "The means we were ready to assault the offence, I esteem it."

Ryan Succop uncared for a 45-yard field map, costing the Bucs doable aspects within the predominant half of.

"Very disappointing. It is never took plot to me. I can't bear in mind the final time I changed into shut out, or us," Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians said. "Our kickers allow us to down, also. Between the offence and the kicking sport, it charge us the sport. The defence finished factual ample to net."

INJURIES

Saints: Performed with out LT Terron Armstead and RT Ryan Ramszyk, every out with knee injuries.

Buccaneers: WRs Chris Godwin (knee) and Mike Evans (hamstring) left within the 2d quarter, Godwin after taking a laborious hit from Saints CB P.J. Williams. Neither receiver returned to the sport. ... RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) departed within the third quarter. ... S Jordan Whitehead returned to the lineup after lacking two games, but S Antoine Winfield Jr. (foot), CB Jamel Dean (illness) and CB Richard Sherman (Achilles) were sluggish.

UP NEXT

Saints: Host the Miami Dolphins subsequent Monday evening.

Buccaneers: Scoot to Carolina for the predominant of two games the defending champs will play in opposition to the Panthers within the final three weeks of the fashionable season.

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