Buccaneers defeat Saints, as Brady advances to his 14th Conference Championship game

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The New Orleans Saints were attempting to defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the third time this season. However, due to too many mistakes, they were not able to do that.

The Buccaneers defeated the Saints, 30-20, on Sunday night at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady attempts to throw a pass against the New Orleans Saints
Tom Brady attempts to throw a pass against the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Instagram)

With the win, the Buccaneers have advanced to their first NFC Conference Championship game since the 2002 season. During that season, Tampa Bay defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27-10 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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The Saints have been eliminated from the playoffs with the loss. Also, it appears to be the final NFL game for future Hall of Famer Drew Brees.

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady went 18 of 33 for 199 yards. He had two touchdown passes.

Brady will be playing in his 14th Conference Championship game. Also, he’ll be just the second quarterback with Johnny Unitas to play in three Conference Championship games in three separate decades.

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Leonard Fournette had 17 carries for 63 yards. Cameron Brate had four receptions for 50 yards.

Brees went 19 of 34 for 134 yards. He had one touchdown pass and three interceptions.

This was the first time in his career that he had three interceptions in a playoff career.

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Alvin Kamara had 18 carries for 85 yards. Tre’Quan Smith had three receptions for 85 yards and two touchdowns.

The Saints led 6-0 before the Buccaneers even scored.

Fournette and Brady had a rushing touchdown each. Mike Evans also caught a touchdown reception.

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Ryan Succop also made three field goals.

Smith scored two touchdown receptions for the Saints. Wil Lutz also made two field goals.

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