The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were unable to come away with their third victory on Sunday, instead losing to the New Orleans Saints by the score of 35-28, after the team was unable to force overtime on the final play of the game.
Tampa Bay jumped out to an early 14-0 lead over New Orleans, but Saints quarterback Drew Brees played a first half for the ages and gave his team the lead in what seemed like no time.
While Brees finished with 377 yards and 4 touchdowns, it almost wasn't enough on Sunday as Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman also had a field day.
Freeman threw for 420 yards and 3 touchdowns, but those numbers could have been even better if it weren't for an illegal contact penalty on the final play of the game, overturning what would have been the game-tying touchdown to an incomplete pass.
While no one wants to lose in that fashion, Sander Philipse of SB Nation's Buccaneers blog, Bucs Nation , explains why the call was correct.
The play may look like it should somehow count for the Buccaneers - but it was called correctly. That call ended the game. None of that would have been necessary had the Bucs simply put the game away earlier, had gotten a stop in the first half, or had scored from the one-yard line on one of four downs after a 95-yard Vincent Jackson catch.
Tampa Bay will look to bounce back and do so quickly, as they prepare for their Thursday Night Football showdown with the Minnesota Vikings .
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