Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Halftime Report: Buccaneers vs. Saints

New Orleans holds a narrow 14-13 lead after one half.

View photos of the Buccaneers' Week 17 game against the Saints.

The New Orleans Saints won the toss to start the game and elected to defer. The Bucs drove straight down the field, getting their ground game involved before punching in a 1-yard touchdown run by Peyton Barber. The drive spanned 75 yards on 14 plays, eating up 5:18 of clock to put the Bucs up 7-0.

On the Saints ensuing possession, running back Alvin Kamara made quick work of evening the score at seven with a 106-yard kickoff return for New Orleans.

As the Bucs got the ball back, quarterback Jameis Winston was picked off by Saints' safety Marcus Williams right around midfield. New Orleans would capitalize on a 7-yard touchdown by Kamara again to put the Saints up 14-7 with 2:36 remaining in the first quarter.

The Bucs and Saints traded empty drives before the Bucs were able to get the ball moving in the second quarter. Tampa Bay got the touchdown on a 1-yard Jameis Winston-keeper and great second-effort by the signal caller to break the plane. Kicker Patrick Murray pulled the extra point wide right to leave the score 14-13 New Orleans with 5:50 remaining in the half.

The Saints were stopped short on their next possession and appeared to be attempting a field goal when kicker Wil Lutz attempted to run for the first down but was stopped short on a monster tackle from linebacker Kwon Alexander and defensive end Will Clarke.

The Buccaneers took over on downs at their own 26-yard line right before the two-minute warning. Winston was picked off in the Bucs first series by Saints' linebacker Craig Robinson to stall Tampa Bay's opportunity to capitalize, but the Saints would go three-and-out to give the Bucs the ball back with 56 seconds left to play in the first half.

With all three timeouts, the Bucs attempted one last drive but pressure from New Orleans prevented them from adding any points before the half expired.

The Saints will receive the ball to start the second half.

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