Even the New Orleans Saints won the throw to start the match and chose to defer. The Bucs drove down the field, getting their floor game before punching in a 1-yard touchdown run by Peyton 23, involved. The drive spanned 75 yards eating up 5:18 of clock to set the Bucs up 7-0.
About the Saints ensuing possession, running back Alvin Kamara made fast work of evening the score with a 106-yard kickoff return for New Orleans.
Since 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 back to put the Saints up 14-7 with 2:36 remaining in the first quarter.
The Bucs and Saints traded vacant drives before the Bucs managed to find the ball going in the second quarter. Tampa Bay got the touchdown on a 1-yard Jameis Winston-keeper and great second-effort by the sign caller to split the plane. Kicker Patrick Murray pulled the extra point wide right to leave the score 14-13 New Orleans together with 5:50 remaining in the half.
The Saints were stopped short in their next possession and seemed to be trying a field goal when kicker Wil Lutz attempted to run for the first down but was stopped short to a monster tackle by linebacker Kwon Alexander and defensive end May Clarke.
The Buccaneers took over on downs in their 26-yard line right before the two-minute warning. Winston was selected off at the Bucs first show by Saints’ linebacker Craig Robinson to stall Tampa Bay’s chance to empathize, but the Saints goes three-and-out to give the Bucs the ball back with 56 seconds left to play in the first half.
With all 3 timeouts, one final push was attempted by the Bucs but pressure out of New Orleans prevented them until the half expired.
The Saints will receive the ball.