Saints lose to Buccaneers, win NFC South anyway

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The Buccaneers were the worst team in a division that’s sending three to the playoffs.

And they were able to change things, despite playing an ugly game of their own.

The Bucs came back to beat the Saints 31-24 on a Jameis Winston touchdown pass to Chris Godwin with nine seconds left, overshadowing three interceptions on the day.

He threw for 363 yards and a touchdown, showing his capability to swing wildly in either direction. It was the kind of game which will provide some degree of hope for a 5-11 team, which is bringing back coach Dirk Koetter. But it will frustrate them that the results didn’t go with it, in a year when many thought they had postseason potential.

The loss dropped the Saints (11-5) to the fourth seed in the NFC playoffs, and they’ll host Carolina next week. The Saints swept the regular season series between the teams.

18 responses to “Saints lose to Buccaneers, win NFC South anyway

  1. Saints and Panthers rematch should be a good game… Both coming off loses, though 1 lost to another playoff team and the other to the cellar dwellers…

    The NFC South is a strong division and 3 of those teams look to have a promising future… each with double digit wins this years!

  2. Have you ever seen so many playoff bound teams with better records lose in week 17…?

    Saints
    Panthers
    Seahawks
    Rams
    Jags
    Ravens

    #smart
    #getthelossoutoftheway
    #playnottogetinjured

  3. Bucs were 4th and 10 with 1:42 in the 4th quarter and Winston went 95 yards for a touchdown and a two point conversion.

    Maybe it made up for his earlier boneheaded plays. But wow he seems to panic.

    Jameis is only 24 going into his 3rd NFL starting season with two 4,000 yard seasons and a Heisman and National Championship.

    When he looks good he is great. But there are some issues.

  4. Stop it when it happens the faux accomplishments of Winston. The guy is NOT a franchise qb. Not to mention has serious maturity and character issues that keep springing up. Keeping Koettwr will allow the Winston enabling to continue. Honestly, if you were a go could you honestly say you would be comfortable giving this guy a 100 million dollar contract? I’ve personally seek enough to say he isn’t not the guy. Way too many turnovers to boot. Start fresh with another coach, gm and qb. I mean this ding head drafted Roberto Aguayo!

  5. Congrats N.O., you’ve got a good team that should do well in the playoffs. However, no team has ever one the Super Bowl in the same year that it was defeated by the Bucs- ever! (Atl 2016, most recent.)

    Have a good night’s sleep!

  6. bringbucsback says:
    December 31, 2017 at 11:48 pm
    Congrats N.O., you’ve got a good team that should do well in the playoffs. However, no team has ever one the Super Bowl in the same year that it was defeated by the Bucs- ever! (Atl 2016, most recent.)

    Have a good night’s sleep!
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    Wrong! Look no further than the 2009 Saints, who lost to the Bucs in Week 16 before going on to win Super Bowl XLIV.

    Nice try, though. I’ll sleep well tonight, thanks.

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