Tampa Bay Bucs shock New Orleans Saints 20-17 in overtime

By Jeff Duncan, The Times-Picayune

December 27, 2009, 4:40PM

Welcome to our in-game update from the New Orleans SaintsTampa Bay Buccaneers game at the Superdome. Hit your refresh button to get the latest news from the game.

8:06: Connor Barth’s 47-yard field goal in overtime capped a stunning comeback by the Tampa Bay Bucs, who rallied from a 17-0 deficit to upset the Saints 20-17.


0:05: Garrett Hartley shanked a 37-yard field goal wide left with 5 seconds left that would have given the Saints the win. We’re going to overtime. Bucs have the momentum and will get the ball first.

2:25: Huge turn of events here. The Saints had a fourht-and-1 and elected to not go for it. They tried to draw Tampa Bay’s punt return team offsides and looked like they did but officials ruled the Saints had jumped instead and penalized them 5 yards. Morstead then shanked his punt and Michael Spurlock returned it 77 yards for a TD. It’s now tied at 17-all. The Saints had 17-0 lead in 2nd qtr

4:57: Charles Grant with the play of the day. He batted down a Josh Freeman pass on fourth-and-1 to give the ball back to the Saints. Tampa Bay was at the Saints’ 19-yard line.

5:01: A huge turn of events here. Bucs coach Raheem Morris with the play of the day. Got a timeout right before the stop on fourth-and-1 by Jon Vilma. That was very close and Sean Payton argued vociferously with officials that Morris did not get the timeout in time.

13:14: The Bucs are officially back in it. They just drove 98 yards in 8 plays to make it 17-10 on a 23-yard TD run by Cadillac Williams. The Saints offense needs to answer. They have punted on three consecutive series.

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2 Responses to “Tampa Bay Bucs shock New Orleans Saints 20-17 in overtime”

  1. Saints777 says:

    i think we are still ready for the play off the two things we need to do now is get a GOOD kicker and beat caralina so we can go 8-0 on the road

  2. austin says:

    damn! i cant believe payton just let his guys lay down for the bucs in the 2nd half. in fact in the first half i actually thought it wouldnt be too long before brunell comes in. i was thinking to myself at halftime dang,if they keep playing like this i think they are hands down the best team in the NFL. i was so dissapointed in this saints defense,offense,and special teams in the 2nd half.its like they just wanted to lose? and as much as i DESPISED kicker garrett hartley after the game, i now realize there were SO many more mistakes than just a missed fg by hartley. hartley has been a big reason we won some of our games earlier in the year! what really burned me up inside was the colston fumble. almost the last game of the season i believe he should have learned by now how to handle the ball. but dem saints are still 13-2!! and a lot of the who dats have already given up hope for the superbowl.but they’ll definately get ALL this just straightened out before the playoffs! u have to believe in these boys who dat nation! BLACK AND GOLD SUPERBOWL!!!!!!!!