NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Saints clinched the NFC South with a win over the Bucs. The Black and Gold trailed 14-3 at the half, but stormed back to outscore Tampa Bay, 22-0, in the second half.
New Orleans (11-2) is guaranteed a home playoff game by clinching the division.
Taysom Hill’s blocked punt ignited the Saints offense in the second half. His special teams heroics led to a Drew Brees-Zach Line 1-yard touchdown.
“No it was a return. Taysom hit a seam. You can always rush a punt. It wasn’t a pressure. It’s a significant play, it’s like a turnover. Fortunately we were able to capitalize and score. Then kind of build off that momentum,” said Sean Payton.
“We’ve had a few pressure opportunities where we tried to get me loose and free to block one. It’s been a long time coming for sure. It felt good to get back there and get one,” said Taysom Hill.
Drew Brees went 24-of-31 passing, 201 yards, a touchdown pass, a touchdown run, and one interception in the contest.
Mark Ingram scored the Saints other touchdown, to seal a Black and Gold win in Tampa. Ingram finished with 52 yards rushing and a score.
Jameis Winston threw touchdown passes in the first half, both to Cameron Brate, totaling 11 and 1-yard. Winston finished the game 18-of-38 passing, 213 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.