The Saints had one brutal sequence within the fourth quarter of their “Monday Night Football” recreation towards the Buccaneers – and it might have value them their season.
With New Orleans holding the ball with a 16-3 lead late within the fourth quarter, Andy Dalton swung a go to veteran operating again Mark Ingram, who had simply re-entered after struggling an harm earlier within the recreation. Ingram, nonetheless hobbled, determined to run out of bounds one yard wanting the first-down line, regardless of having loads of space to stretch for the additional yard.
With greater than 5 minutes left within the recreation, the clock nonetheless ran with Ingram going out of bounds, however the Saints had to run one other play to decide up the primary down – and opted for a passing play. The go fell incomplete, stopping the clock, and New Orleans opted to punt from the opposing 44-yard line as an alternative of going for it.
“Im sick about this one,” Ingram tweeted after the game. “Regardless of circumstances or how I feel I have to get that fresh set of downs for the squad. I apologize to my teammates my coaches and my city for a crucial mistake. We work way too hard and sacrifice blood sweat and tears. I will be better.”
Had Ingram not stepped out of bounds early, or if the Saints referred to as a run play on third down, or fourth down, they most likely would have received the sport and gotten to 5-8 on the season – which might have solely been a half-game out of the NFC South lead. However, they gave Tom Brady a window to get again within the recreation, and he promptly threw two landing passes within the closing three minutes to give Tampa Bay an unbelievable 17-16 victory.
“Hindsight is 20/20, I wish we would’ve run it (on third down),” Saints coach Dennis Allen mentioned after the sport. “Mark hurt his knee on the previous play, so it came up a yard short. That’s frustrating.”
The Bucs had failed to transfer the ball on just about each drive till the ultimate two, having kicked a subject purpose on their opening drive and gone scoreless within the subsequent eight. However, Brady threw landing passes to tight finish Cade Otton and operating again Rachaad White to safe the victory.
Tampa Bay now has a 1.5-game lead within the division and is within the driver’s seat for the division, with video games remaining towards the 49ers, Bengals, Cardinals, Panthers, and Falcons. Perhaps the late scores can generate momentum for Brady and an offense that presently ranks twenty seventh in factors per recreation.