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Saints vs. Buccaneers Social Rewind

Posted Sep 15, 2013

The Buccaneers faced off against the division-rival New Orleans Saints on Sunday for the 2013 home opener at Raymond James Stadium. The marathon game didn’t fail to provide late-game drama, with the Saints going home victorious, 16-14. Here is how it went down on social media.

Saints vs. Buccaneers was scheduled to kick off just after 4 PM, and as is so often the case, some late afternoon thunderstorms came rolling in with it. Storm Team 8 report: Last year, the two meetings between these teams proved to be full of fireworks, headlines and inevitable highlights, making it one of the most looked forward to games of the season in Tampa Bay. Bucs.com writer, Scott Smith, shared this stat before kickoff: With a backdrop of grey, the Buccaneers starting defense was introduced onto the field amid fireworks and cannon blasts. After a dramatic finish last week, the fans showed their support: The Saints received the opening kickoff and turned their first drive into three points on a 44-yard Garrett Hartley field goal as the rain began to come down. And, as foreshadowed: After a 69-minute hiatus, the teams were back on the field. The Buccaneers first drive led to a punt, giving the Saints their first play since the rain delay took them off the field. It didn’t take long for a big play. From WDAE 620/95.3: The apparent shootout had begun and it didn’t take long for the Bucs to answer back, capitalizing on the turnover. Lakeland Ledger writer Rick Brown: With the ball back in Brees’s hands, it wasn’t long until the Saints struck back, ending the quarter up 10-7. From NFL RedZone: A defining play of the game came from Bucs DE Adrian Clayborn, who connected with Drew Brees on a big sack, forcing a fumble and seemingly giving the Buccaneers great field position. Various Twitter handles addressed the hit: As the first half came to an end, the Saints looked in position to put more points on the board, adding to their 10-7 lead. Immediately following the two-minute warning Brees found TE Jimmy Graham for a 30-yard touchdown, but the play was reviewed. First down was incomplete. On second, Goldson stood up RB Mark Ingram for a two yard loss. On third, Pierre Thomas couldn’t score. Then, after a penalty on fourth down put the ball on the one-yard line, the Saints opted to go for it. The Buccaneers defense began to mesh in the third quarter, though the offense still struggled to get things going. Andrew Astleford and TBO’s Roy Cummings call a few possessions: The Buccaneers offense showed signs of life. Josh Freeman unleashed a 73-yard bomb to Vincent Jackson who ran it in for a touchdown. JoeBucsFan shared the thoughts of many: However, a penalty negated the play. Two plays later, Doug Martin found a seam up the middle, dashing for 28-yards. @JennaLaineBucs highlighted his impressive statistic in the third quarter: That drive would end on a Josh Freeman interception, again giving the Saints an opportunity to distance themselves from the Buccaneers, but the defense would not budge. Legendary Buccaneer defender noted: As the game turned to the fourth quarter, the Saints again found themselves in position to put the game away. From the Bucs’ 22-yard line, Brees dropped back to pass. As seen by Rick Stroud and Mr. Rich Eisen: The interception and 14-13 Buccaneer lead turned the game around, the stadium was electric. From the field, Bucs’ mascot Captain Fear felt the buzz: Throughout the final half, Twitter praised the play of the Buccaneers defense: With three minutes on the clock, the Bucs offense started to click. Freeman found his favorite target, Vincent Jackson for 20- and 18-yard gains. With time running down, the Buccaneers looked to increase their lead by three, however the ball missed left. PewterReport: In the final seconds, the Saints offense finally found their rhythm they had been missing all half. Drew Brees drove the team down the field. And the game came to a late, hard-fought and heart-breaking close.