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Buccaneers vs. Saints Social Rewind

Posted Dec 29, 2013

A recap of the Tweets and pictures that defined the final game of the Buccaneers regular season in the Superdome vs. the New Orleans Saints.

In the final week of the regular season, the vast majority of playoff spots were still up for grabs. The New Orleans Saints, for example, could lock up a first round bye, make the playoffs as a wildcard team or miss the playoffs entirely. The last scenario would come about with an Arizona Cardinals win and a Saints loss to the Bucs, prompting this nationally recognized conversation: The Carolina Panthers would lock up the NFC South in the 1 PM round of games, and as we neared the 4:25 PM kickoff, stats rolled in about one of the Buccaneers defensive leaders. The Bucs would kick away to the Saints to begin the game. On the drive, the Saints would find themselves in a fourth-down situation, as called by WDAE’s Tom Krasniqi: Directly out of the conversion, QB Drew Brees would open up the offense and set the tone for the game with a strike for the first points of the game. On the next possession, the Bucs would find themselves in a third-down situation and, matching the Saints, would pull off the crucial conversion. We hear from Greg Auman: And, like the Saints, they would quickly finish up the drive with style on a play that picked up a lot of love through the social media channels. Led by Buccaneers.com Senior Writer, Scott Smith, here’s Twitter’s immediate reaction: The Saints would march right back down the field with an 80-yard, nine-play scoring drive. Pewter Report notes the touchdown and stellar play by the Bucs competition. The Bucs would punt on the next drive, but the defense would also stand once the Saints took over. Here’s the call of another early critical third down for the Saints offense: The takedown would end in a punt, and the Bucs offense would send the ball back with a punt of their own. New Orleans would begin with decent field position, starting at their own 43. And Brees would add to the stat sheet on another big third-down play. Greg Auman again updates the score: That play would be reviewed and confirmed and result in a Drew Brees season milestone, courtesy of the Saints’ Official Twitter account: Starting at their 20 on the ensuing drive, the Bucs offense began to string together a nice drive of their own. And from a yard out, the Bucs would add seven more points to their total. @TBBuccaneers, the official Twitter of the Bucs and Bucs Nation celebrate: Like Brees on the score before, this touchdown would result in some significant milestone and records for the Bucs’ QB: With 3:30 still on the clock after the Wright score, the Saints would quickly add seven more to the high-octane first half with a deep touchdown pass to Kenny Stills. The Bucs would get the ball back and move down the field with some help from the Saints defense. A sack would be negated by penalty, then a pass interference call on an incomplete pass moving the Bucs near midfield with 1:40 left. Then Glennon began to move the ball on his own, including this strike called by WDAE: A third down incompletion would bring the special teams gang onto the field, but not as most expected. Greg Auman explains the call, while the rest of Twitter shares their own thoughts on the decision. A Saints’ kneel-down brought us to halftime. The Bucs took the opening third quarter kickoff and quickly ran into a fourth down situation. Down 14, they opted to go for it as Scott Smith chimes in again with the update: The drive would eat up 8:25 minutes of clock and end in three points off a long Rian Lindell field goal. The Saints would make their way down the field again, fueled by the quarterback play and a rowdy home audience. RB Pierre Thomas capped off the 92-yard drive with the rushing touchdown. Ready to fight back, Mike Glennon took aim down the field on first down, but the ball would be cut off for the first and only turnover of the day. With a short field, the Saints would notch seven more, this time with Brees keeping it himself on a scramble up the middle. Pewter Report updates the score: From there, the Buccaneers and Saints would trade a number of punts before the Saints were able to wind the clock out, locking up a wild card spot and concluding the 2014 Buccaneers regular season.