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NFL: Saints clean Bucs, hand Tom Brady first shutout since 2006

NFL: Saints clean Bucs, hand Tom Brady first shutout since 2006

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Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is sacked by David Onyemata #93 of the New Orleans Saints through the 4th quarter of the sport at Raymond James Stadium on December 19, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Pictures/AFP

Brett Maher kicked three area targets and the New Orleans Saints protection dominated Tom Brady and the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a 9-0 victory Sunday evening.

Defensive coordinator Dennis Allen served as Saints performing head coach as a result of Sean Payton was sidelined after testing constructive for COVID two days earlier. The Saints (7-7) gained their second straight after shedding 5 in a row.

Brady accomplished 26 of 48 for 214 yards, threw an interception and misplaced a fumble because the Buccaneers (10-4) missed a possibility to clinch the NFC South title. It’s the primary time Brady has been shut out since 2006.

New Orleans, which has gained the final 4 NFC South titles, improved to 4-0 in regular-season conferences towards Tampa Bay since Brady joined the staff. That features a 38-3 victory in Tampa Bay final season — essentially the most lopsided lack of Brady’s profession.

The Buccaneers’ prime two vast receivers — Mike Evans (hamstring) and Chris Godwin (knee) — had been sidelined within the second quarter and missed the remainder of the sport. Working again Leonard Fournette (hamstring) was sidelined for good within the third quarter.

The Buccaneers drove to the Saints 24 late within the third quarter, however as Brady scrambled, Cameron Jordan, who had two of the Saints’ 4 sacks, knocked the ball unfastened and Marshon Lattimore recovered for New Orleans.

After a scoreless third quarter, Maher kicked his third area objective in as many makes an attempt, making a 42-yarder to offer the Saints their first respiratory room with a 9-0 lead with 7:28 remaining within the recreation.

The Saints drove 60 yards en path to Maher’s 39-yard area objective that gave them a 3-0 lead on the finish of the primary quarter.

Maher added a 35-yard area objective early within the second quarter. The Buccaneers’ first scoring menace fizzled later within the interval when Ryan Succup missed a 45-yard area objective.

Tampa Bay entered New Orleans territory once more late within the quarter, reaching the 39 earlier than Brady was sacked and the Buccaneers punted, leaving the Saints with a 6-0 halftime lead.

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