The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the New Orleans Saints on Sunday by a score of 16-11 to put themselves in a stronger position in the playoffs in the NFC.
They only need a few more wins to secure their spot in the postseason, but they have to face the Dallas Cowboys, the Saints again, and the Carolina Panthers between now and the end of the regular season. It's going to be a tough ask so they need to pull out some big plays during games.
That's exactly what they did when they faced New Orleans this past weekend.
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With just under seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter with the score at 16-11, the Buccaneers punted the ball away for the Saints to have possession.They needed the ball deep in New Orleans' half in order to hold back a comeback from them to secure the win.Bryan Anger punted the ball away which bounced inside the five went towards the endzone.
This was when Josh Robinson attempted to stop the ball from hitting the ground for a touchback by pushing it out, but he missed, causing Ryan Smith to save the day and catch the ball as he tip-toed on the one-yard line.
However, Smith was falling into the endzone, so he threw it behind himself for Alan Cross to recover and down at the one, meaning New Orleans started their drive deep in their own territory. An amazing play by the special teams.
The Saints were unable to do anything with this field position, as they punted the ball away themselves three plays later. If Tampa Bay is able to reproduce plays like this in the last three games of the season, they should find themselves in the playoffs for the first time since 2007.