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Buccaneers playoff hopes take hit with 31-24 loss to Saints

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston let a veteran safety get the best of him - twice - and wasn't hiding his disappointment about a performance that might have cost the Buccaneers a chance at their first playoff berth since 2007.

''I want to make the playoffs. My goal is to win the Super Bowl and try to get away from that standard of just being OK,'' said Winston, who was intercepted twice by Jairus Byrd . ''We want to be great, and I didn't play great tonight.''

Mark Ingram rushed for two-touchdowns and a game-sealing first down in the final minutes, and the Saints pushed Tampa Bay closer to elimination from postseason contention with a 31-24 victory Saturday.

The Buccaneers (8-7) needed a win to keep pace with Green Bay (9-6) for the final NFC wild-card spot but couldn't keep up with the Saints' explosive offense.

Tampa Bay's loss locked up the NFC South for Atlanta (10-5) and ensured a wild card for the New York Giants. Now the Buccaneers must win their season finale and hope for losses by Washington and Green Bay next week. If that happens, a complicated tiebreaker based on strength of victories will decide the final playoff spot between the Bucs and Packers.

''However that works out, it works out,'' Bucs coach Drik Koetter said. ''We knew all week our job was to win today, and we didn't. Whatever happens after that is for the math professors to figure out.''

Drew Brees was 23 of 34 for 299 yards and a touchdown for New Orleans (7-8), which gained 417 total yards and did not have a turnover against a team with 26 takeaways - including three interceptions of Brees in the clubs' previous meeting two weeks earlier.

''The big emphasis for us the last two weeks has been back to our standard, back to our level of execution,'' said Brees, who passed for 389 yards in a victory at Arizona in Week 15. ''We've shown when we can get things rolling with tempo and rhythm, we can sustain drives and score points.''

Brandin Cooks caught five passes for 98 yards, including a 42-yard reception. New Orleans rookie Michael Thomas had six receptions for 98 yards, including a 46-yarder that set up Travaris Cadet's 11-yard touchdown catch.

PIVOTAL PICKS

Byrd's first interception , which he caught along the sideline at the Tampa Bay 38 and returned to the 14, set up Ingram's second TD.

''That was just a crazy play by my part. No one was open. I tried to give my guy a chance,'' Winston said. ''I was just very indecisive. It was uncharacteristic. That shouldn't have happened.''

Byrd's made his second interception on the New Orleans 17 with the Bucs trailing by 10 and about eight minutes left.

''There's was a look that they had given and I kind of knew what route was going to come off that look, so I just went'' to the spot of the throw, Byrd said.

Winston was 23 of 35 for 277 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 27 TDs this season, tying a franchise single-season record. His touchdown passes went to tight end Cameron Brate and Mike Evans.

But Winston summed up his game by saying, ''Their quarterback had a better day than I had. I turned it over twice and he turned it over zero.''

GROUND GAINS

Ingram capped his 18-carry, 90-yard performance by putting the game away with three straight runs - the last for a first down - after Cooks had recovered an onside kick with just less than two minutes left. That allowed New Orleans to run out the clock.

PAYTON'S PLACE

Sean Payton passed Jim Mora for most victories as Saints coach. The victory was Payton's 94th with New Orleans - the only place he's been a head coach.

''It's exciting,'' Payton said. ''A lot of work, a lot of coaches and players over the years that have been part of that.''

MISSING MARTIN

Bucs running back Doug Martin was surprisingly scratched before the game. Koetter said it was not injury-related, explaining that he only wanted to dress three running backs and needed two others for special teams. Martin, who missed six games earlier this season with a hamstring injury, had started Tampa Bay's previous six games before sitting out in New Orleans. Starter Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 63 yards on 15 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown.

INJURIES

Brate, who caught his eighth touchdown pass this season in the first half, left in the third quarter after injuring his back.

UP NEXT

Buccaneers: Host Carolina looking to sweep the series from the Panthers.

Saints: Play season finale in Atlanta.

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Key Players
J. Winston 3 QB
277 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, 2 INTs, 14 RuYds
20
FPTS
M. Ingram 22 RB
90 RuYds, 2 RuTDs, 3 ReYds, 2 RECs
23
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:00
R.Aguayo 35 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-A.DePaola, Holder-B.Anger.
10
plays
40
yds
2:33
pos
24
31
Field Goal 11:55
W.Lutz 21 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Drescher, Holder-T.Morstead.
11
plays
72
yds
4:57
pos
21
31
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:52
R.Aguayo extra point is GOOD, Center-A.DePaola, Holder-B.Anger.
plays
yds
pos
21
28
Touchdown 1:52
J.Winston pass deep left to M.Evans for 34 yards, TOUCHDOWN [N.Fairley]. Penalty on NO-S.Moore, Defensive Pass Interference, declined. Pass 30, YAC 4
8
plays
75
yds
4:28
pos
20
28
Two Point Conversion 0:38
(Run formation) TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. M.Ingram rushes left guard. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS.
plays
yds
pos
14
28
Touchdown 6:20
D.Brees pass short left to T.Cadet for 11 yards, TOUCHDOWN. Pass 4, YAC 7
6
plays
75
yds
2:18
pos
14
26
Point After TD 8:38
R.Aguayo extra point is GOOD, Center-A.DePaola, Holder-B.Anger.
plays
yds
pos
14
20
Touchdown 8:38
J.Rodgers right guard for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
75
yds
5:23
pos
13
20
Point After TD 14:01
W.Lutz extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Drescher, Holder-T.Morstead.
plays
yds
pos
7
20
Touchdown 14:01
M.Ingram right guard for 14 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
1
plays
14
yds
0:05
pos
7
19
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:00
W.Lutz 34 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Drescher, Holder-T.Morstead.
10
plays
57
yds
3:38
pos
7
13
Field Goal 6:45
W.Lutz 42 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Drescher, Holder-T.Morstead.
10
plays
51
yds
4:05
pos
7
10
Point After TD 10:50
R.Aguayo extra point is GOOD, Center-A.DePaola, Holder-B.Anger.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 10:50
J.Winston pass short left to C.Brate for 12 yards, TOUCHDOWN. Pass 7, YAC 5
4
plays
39
yds
1:13
pos
6
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:57
W.Lutz extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Drescher, Holder-T.Morstead.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 0:57
M.Ingram left guard for 6 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
91
yds
6:32
pos
0
6
Team Stats
Time of Pos 28:24 31:36
1st Downs 23 25
Rushing 5 9
Passing 15 15
Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Conv 7-12 5-12
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 349 417
Total Plays 58 67
Avg Gain 6.0 6.2
Net Yards Rushing 89 123
Rush Attempts 21 31
Avg Rush Yards 4.2 4.0
Net Yards Passing 260 294
Comp. - Att. 23-35 23-34
Yards Per Pass 7.4 8.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-17 2-5
Penalties - Yards 7-63 7-59
Touchdowns 3 3
Rushing TDs 1 2
Passing TDs 2 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-0
Int. Thrown 2 0
Punts - Avg 3-51.0 3-41.3
Return Yards 41 35
Punts - Returns 2-24 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 2-17 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 2-35
Kicking 4/4 5/5
Extra Points 3/3 2/2
Field Goals 1/1 3/3
Red Zone Eff. 2-3 -67% 3-5 -60%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-1 -100% 1-2 -50%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Buccaneers 8-7 0714324
Saints 7-8 7615331
260 PASS YDS 294
89 RUSH YDS 123
349 TOTAL YDS 417
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Winston 3 QB
20
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.7% 277 2 2 85.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.1% 3888 27 17 87.0
J. Winston 23/35 277 2 2 20
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Rodgers 32 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 63 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
112 485 2
J. Rodgers 15 63 1 13 13
J. Winston 3 QB
20
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
50 147 1
J. Winston 3 14 0 8 20
C. Sims 34 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
51 149 1
C. Sims 3 12 0 12 4
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Evans 13 WR
15
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 7 97 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 91 1256 11
M. Evans 8 7 97 1 34 15
R. Shepard 89 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 61 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 21 312 2
R. Shepard 5 3 61 0 24 6
C. Sims 34 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 190 1
C. Sims 4 4 30 0 13 4
J. Huff 15 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 24 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 113 1
J. Huff 3 2 24 0 12 2
B. Myers 82 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 2 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 59 1
B. Myers 6 2 21 0 12 2
J. Rodgers 32 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 94 0
J. Rodgers 2 2 15 0 12 13
C. Brate 84 TE
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 12 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 57 660 8
C. Brate 2 1 12 1 12 7
A. Humphries 11 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 45 528 2
A. Humphries 2 1 12 0 12 1
A. Cross 45 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 38 1
A. Cross 1 1 5 0 5 0
L. Stocker 88 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 22 0
L. Stocker 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
B. Grimes 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
48-5 3 0.0
B. Grimes 9-0 0.0 0 0
L. David 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
62-19 1 3.0
L. David 6-1 1.0 0 0
V. Hargreaves 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
64-7 1 0.0
V. Hargreaves 6-0 0.0 0 1
K. Alexander 58 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
102-33 1 3.0
K. Alexander 5-5 0.0 0 0
B. McDougald 30 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
74-11 2 0.0
B. McDougald 3-1 0.0 0 0
Da. Smith 51 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-6 1 0.0
Da. Smith 2-2 0.0 0 0
G. McCoy 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-7 0 7.0
G. McCoy 2-0 0.0 0 0
K. Tandy 37 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-9 2 0.0
K. Tandy 2-2 0.0 0 0
R. Russell 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
R. Russell 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Rodgers 32 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Rodgers 1-0 0.0 0 0
N. Spence 57 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-5 0 5.5
N. Spence 1-1 0.0 0 0
A. Verner 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-1 1 0.0
A. Verner 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Conte 23 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
57-10 2 0.0
C. Conte 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Sims 34 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
C. Sims 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Ayers 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-7 0 5.5
R. Ayers 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. McDonald 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-10 0 3.5
C. McDonald 1-3 1.0 0 0
J. Elliott 35 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
J. Elliott 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Lambert 75 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 0.0
D. Lambert 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Aguayo 19 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
21/28 30/32
R. Aguayo 1/1 35 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Anger 9 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 51.0 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
65 45.9 32
B. Anger 3 51.0 3 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Huff 15 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 8.5 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 24.9 98 1
J. Huff 2 8.5 17 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Humphries 11 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 12.0 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
22 10.5 25 0
A. Humphries 2 12.0 18 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Brees 9 QB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.6% 299 1 0 104.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.9% 4858 35 14 103.1
D. Brees 23/34 299 1 0 17
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Ingram 22 RB
23
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 90 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
185 940 5
M. Ingram 18 90 2 14 23
T. Hightower 34 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 29 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
130 519 3
T. Hightower 8 29 0 7 3
J. Kuhn 29 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 37 4
J. Kuhn 1 3 0 3 0
D. Brees 9 QB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 20 2
D. Brees 4 1 0 4 17
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Thomas 13 WR
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 6 98 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 82 981 8
M. Thomas 8 6 98 0 46 9
B. Cooks 10 WR
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 5 98 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 75 1154 8
B. Cooks 9 5 98 0 42 9
C. Fleener 82 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 47 593 3
C. Fleener 3 2 30 0 21 3
W. Snead 83 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 2 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 69 813 4
W. Snead 5 2 21 0 14 2
T. Cadet 38 RB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 16 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 37 263 3
T. Cadet 2 2 16 1 11 7
J. Phillips 86 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 72 1
J. Phillips 2 2 15 0 10 1
T. Hightower 34 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 11 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 22 200 1
T. Hightower 1 1 11 0 11 3
J. Kuhn 29 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 70 1
J. Kuhn 1 1 7 0 7 0
M. Ingram 22 RB
23
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 40 290 4
M. Ingram 3 2 3 0 5 23
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. Ellerbe 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-9 0 4.0
D. Ellerbe 5-1 0.0 0 0
S. Rankins 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-5 0 4.0
S. Rankins 4-0 1.0 0 0
V. Bell 48 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
57-24 0 1.0
V. Bell 4-1 0.0 0 0
R. Harper 41 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-4 0 0.0
R. Harper 4-1 0.0 0 0
S. Moore 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-12 2 0.0
S. Moore 3-3 0.0 0 0
J. Byrd 31 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 2 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
53-25 2 0.0
J. Byrd 3-3 0.0 2 0
C. Robertson 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
65-43 1 1.0
C. Robertson 3-1 0.0 0 0
P. Kruger 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-6 0 1.5
P. Kruger 2-0 0.0 0 0
C. Jordan 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-18 0 7.5
C. Jordan 2-0 1.0 0 0
B. Coleman 16 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
B. Coleman 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Keo 49 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
S. Keo 1-0 0.0 0 0
N. Fairley 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-13 0 5.5
N. Fairley 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Tapp 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-5 0 0.5
D. Tapp 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Edebali 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 1.0
K. Edebali 1-2 0.0 0 0
D. Harris 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 0.0
D. Harris 1-0 0.0 0 0
N. Stupar 54 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
45-9 1 1.0
N. Stupar 1-1 0.0 0 0
K. Crawley 46 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-3 0 0.0
K. Crawley 1-1 0.0 0 0
B. Webb 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-3 1 0.0
B. Webb 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Onyemata 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-5 0 0.0
D. Onyemata 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
W. Lutz 3 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
26/32 47/48
W. Lutz 3/3 42 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Morstead 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 41.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
53 47.7 21
T. Morstead 3 41.3 1 45
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:21 TB 11 3:52 7 30 Punt
0:57 TB 14 3:04 5 27 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:03 NO 39 1:13 4 39 TD
6:45 TB 25 3:07 5 15 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TB 4 0:54 2 -1 INT
14:01 TB 25 5:23 10 75 TD
6:20 TB 25 4:28 8 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:55 TB 25 3:50 8 47 INT
4:33 TB 43 2:33 10 40 FG
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NO 25 3:39 7 25 Punt
7:29 NO 9 6:32 11 91 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:53 NO 4 0:50 3 1 Punt
10:50 NO 25 4:05 10 51 FG
3:38 NO 27 3:38 10 57 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:06 TB 14 0:05 1 14 TD
8:38 NO 25 2:18 6 75 TD
1:52 NO 25 4:57 11 72 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:05 NO 18 3:32 5 17 Punt
2:00 TB 45 2:00 6 16 Game