The Saints made history in their 9-0 road victory over the Buccaneers on “Sunday Night Football.”
New Orleans executed the franchise’s first shutout win since defeating Tampa Bay 41-0 on Dec. 16, 2012. Neither team scored a touchdown Sunday, but the Saints’ defense consistently prevented the Bucs from getting scoring opportunities.
Defensive end Cameron Jordan recorded two of the Saints’ four sacks of Tom Brady, including his 100th career sack in the second quarter. Defensive end Marcus Davenport also recorded a sack and pushed the Buccaneers out of field goal range in the final seconds of the first half. Marshon Lattimore recovered a Brady fumble, which the Saints capitalized on with a field goal early in the third quarter.
The Buccaneers also suffered critical blows to their offense. Wide receivers Mike Evans (hamstring) and Chris Godwin (knee) left the game with injuries. Leading running back Leonard Fournette also couldn’t make a return after suffering a hamstring injury in the third quarter. Feeling pressure from the New Orleans defense and with his top skill players on the bench, Brady struggled to connect throughout the second half.
The loss marks just Brady’s third shutout defeat as a starter and his first since 2006.
Despite the loss, the Buccaneers (10-4) remain well atop the NFC South. They’re scheduled to face the Panthers next weekend before playing the Jets on the road in Week 17. The Saints (7-7) will continue their battle for a wild card spot in Week 16; they’re scheduled to face the Dolphins in a “Monday Night Fooball” matchup Dec. 27.
Sporting News tracked updates and highlights from Saints vs. Buccaneers on “Sunday Night Football.” Read below for complete results from the NFL Week 15 game.
Saints vs. Buccaneers score
Saints vs. Buccaneers updates, highlights from ‘Sunday Night Football’
(All times Eastern)
Final: Saints 9, Buccaneers 0
11:15 p.m.: Vaughn rushes up the middle for 17 yards on the final play of the game.
11:11 p.m.: Saints punt after back-to-back delay of game penalties, and the Buccaneers take over at their own 9.
11:08 p.m.: Saints punt, but a roughing the kicker penalty against the Buccaneers gives New Orleans a first down at the Tampa Bay 28.
11:05 p.m.: Hill is brought down for a loss of 3 yards and the Saints will punt. Tampa Bay takes a time out with 3:24 remaining.
11:00 p.m.: INTERCEPTION SAINTS. Gardner-Johnson picks off a pass from Brady and allows the Saints to take over with 3:40 remaining.
10:58 p.m.: Brady completes to Johnson for 18 yards and a first down at the 33.
10:55 p.m.: Brady throws an incomplete pass, but a defensive pass interference call against New Orleans gives the Buccaneers a first down at the 15.
10:52 p.m.: Hill throws an incomplete pass on third down and forces the Saints to punt. Buccaneers will start the drive at their own 3.
10:48 p.m.: Brady is sacked by Onyemata for a loss of 10 yards and is pushed back to the Tampa Bay 15. Buccaneers punt and give the Saints possession at their own 46.
10:45 p.m.: FIELD GOAL SAINTS. Maher makes a 42-yard attempt that keeps New Orleans on top. Saints lead 9-0 with 7:28 remaining.
10:42 p.m.: Hill finds Ingram for 5 yards on third down and gets a first down at the 37.
10:40 p.m.: Hill completes to Callaway for 17 yards and gives the Saints a first down at the 49.
10:37 p.m.: After Vaughn falls short on third down, the Buccaneers punt. Saints will start the drive from their own 34.
10:32 p.m.: Saints punt to open the fourth quarter and the Buccaneers will start the drive from their own 32.
Third Quarter: Saints 6, Buccaneers 0
10:28 p.m.: FUMBLE BUCCANEERS. As Brady scrambles up the middle, Jordan forces a fumble that’s recovered by Lattimore at the Saints’ 13.
10:25 p.m.: Brady finds Gronkowski for 10 yards up the middle to position the Buccaneers at the 27.
10:22 p.m.: Jones rushes down the right sideline for 30 yards and gives the Buccaneers a first down at the New Orleans 39.
10:20 p.m.: Hill throws an incomplete pass on third down and force the Saints to punt. Darden returns for 10 yards and goes down at the Tampa Bay 19.
10:18 p.m.: Brady throws an incomplete deep pass and allows the Saints to take over on downs from their own 36.
10:15 p.m.: Brady fires a pass to Johnson for 6 yards and is brought down by Lattimore.
10:10 p.m.: Hill is sacked by Tryon for a loss of 2 yards on third down. The Saints punt and Darden returns to the Tampa Bay 39.
10:06 p.m.: Brady throws an incomplete pass on third down and the Buccaneers will punt again. An offensive holding penalty pushes the Saints back to their own 18.
10:04 p.m.: Fournette rushes for 8 yards and gets tackled at the Buccaneers’ 30.
10:02 p.m.: Hill fires an incomplete pass on third down and forces the Saints to punt. Darden returns for 2 yards and gives Tampa Bay a first down at their own 22.
9:59 p.m.: After Brady fires a deep incomplete pass on third down, the Buccaneers punt. Winston returns for 4 yards and gives the Saints a first down at their own 32.
9:57 p.m.: Fournette rushes to the Tampa Bay 17 for 6 yards. Brady completes to Fournette on the following play for 8 yards and a first down at the 25.
Halftime: Saints 6, Buccaneers 0
9:38 p.m.: Davenport sacks Brady for a loss of 7 yards on third down. Buccaneers punt as they are pushed out of field goal range, and the Saints take over at the 1 with 48 seconds left in the half.
9:34 p.m.: Brady connects with Miller for a first down at the 45. Jones rushes right 6 yards on the following play.
9:31 p.m.: Brady completes to Gronkowski for 19 yards and gets a first down at the 44.
9:28 p.m.: Hill fires an incomplete pass on third down and forces the Saints to punt. Darden returns and is pushed out of bounds at the Tampa Bay 18.
9:25 p.m.: Hill rushes 9 yards to the New Orleans 44 and is brought down by Whitehead.
9:22 p.m.: Succop kicks a 45-yard attempt wide left and leaves the Buccaneers scoreless. Saints still hold a 6-0 lead with 6:25 to go in the half.
9:21 p.m.: Jordan earns his second sack of the night and the 100th sack of his career as he tackles Brady for a loss of 6 yards.
9:18 p.m.: Brady connects with Evans for 14 yards on third down and picks up a first down at the 24.
9:14 p.m.: Brady completes to Fournette for 5 yards and gets a first down at the New Orleans 44.
9:09 p.m.: Hill is sacked by David for a loss of 1 yard, then Hill throws an incomplete pass on third down. Saints punt and Darden returns 11 yards to give the Buccaneers a first down at their own 43.
9:07 p.m.: Brady completes to Godwin for another 5 yards, but the wide receiver gets injured on the play. Buccaneers punt and the Saints make a fair catch at the 10.
9:05 p.m.: Brady completes to Godwin for 8 yards and gets a first down at the Tampa Bay 36.
9:01 p.m.: FIELD GOAL SAINTS. Maher makes a 35-yard attempt and keeps New Orleans on top. Saints lead 6-0 to start the second quarter.
First Quarter: Saints 3, Buccaneers 0
8:53 p.m.: Hill connects with Callway for 33 yards and gets a first down at the Buccaneers’ 20.
8:51 p.m.: Hill rushes out of bounds for 8 yards, but an offensive holding penalty against New Orleans pushes the Saints to their own 47.
8:49 p.m.: Hill completes to Callaway for 7 yards and a first down at the Tampa Bay 43.
8:46 p.m.: Jordan sacks Brady for a loss of 7 yards on third down. After the Buccaneers punt, Winston returns 34 yards and gives the Saints a first down at their own 43.
8:43 p.m.: Brady completes to Godwin for 23 yards and gets a first down at the Tampa Bay 40.
8:40 p.m.: FIELD GOAL SAINTS. Maher makes a 39-yard attempt and puts the Saints on the board. New Orleans takes a 3-0 lead in Tampa Bay with 5:48 remaining in the first quarter.
8:37 p.m.: Hill connects with Callaway for a deep 40-yard pass and gets a first down at the Tampa Bay 24.
8:33 p.m.: Hill completes to Smith for 9 yards and fumbles the ball at the 31 before it goes out of bounds.
8:31 p.m.: Brady finds Fournette for 3 yards and falls short on third down. Buccaneers punt on their opening drive and Saints make a fair catch at the 18.
8:28 p.m.: Brady completes to Fournette for 7 yards and a first down at the 33.
8:25 p.m.: After Hill throws an incomplete pass on third down, Saints are forced to punt. Darden returns for 6 yards and gives the Buccaneers a first down at the 21.
8:23 p.m.: Kamara rushes 8 yards and gets a first down at the New Orleans 41.
8:20 p.m.: Buccaneers win the coin toss and defer. Saints will start with possession on the kickoff.
Saints vs. Buccaneers start time
- Date: Sunday, Dec. 19
- Kickoff: 8:20 p.m. ET
Saints vs. Buccaners is scheduled to start at the normal 8:20 ET for “Sunday Night Football” from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. It’s the third straight “Sunday Night Football” showdown between these two teams.
What channel is Saints vs. Buccaneers on today?
- TV channel (national): NBC
- Live stream: Peacock, fuboTVSaints vs. Buccaneers will be broadcast nationally on NBC for “Sunday Night Football” in Week 15. The game will be called by Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, with Michelle Tafoya on the sidelines.
In Canada, viewers can watch Saints vs. Buccaneers with a subscription to DAZN, which includes every NFL game.
Saints schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||vs. Packers||4:25 p.m.||Fox|
|2||Sept. 19||at Panthers||1 p.m.||Fox|
|3||Sept. 26||at Patriots||1 p.m.||Fox|
|4||Oct. 3||vs. Giants||1 p.m.||Fox|
|5||Oct. 10||at WFT||1 p.m.||CBS|
|7||Oct. 25 (Mon.)||at Seahawks||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|8||Oct. 31||vs. Bucs||4:25 p.m.||Fox|
|9||Nov. 7||vs. Falcons||1 p.m.||Fox|
|10||Nov. 14||at Titans||1 p.m.||CBS|
|11||Nov. 21||at Eagles||1 p.m.||Fox|
|12||Nov. 25 (Thu.)||vs. Bills||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|13||Dec. 2 (Thu.)||vs. Cowboys||8:20 p.m.||Fox/NFLN/Amazon|
|14||Dec. 12||at Jets||1 p.m.||Fox|
|15||Dec. 19||at Bucs||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|16||Dec. 27 (Mon.)||vs. Dolphins||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|17||Jan. 2||vs. Panthers||1 p.m.||Fox|
|18||Jan. 9||at Falcons||1 p.m.||Fox|
Buccaneers schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 9 (Thu.)||vs. Cowboys||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|2||Sept. 19||vs. Falcons||4:05 p.m.||Fox|
|3||Sept. 26||at Rams||4:25 p.m.||Fox|
|4||Oct. 3||at Patriots||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|5||Oct. 10||vs. Dolphins||1 p.m.||CBS|
|6||Oct. 14 (Thu.)||at Eagles||8:20 p.m.||Fox|
|7||Oct. 24||vs. Bears||4:25 p.m.||CBS|
|8||Oct. 31||at Saints||4:25 p.m.||Fox|
|10||Nov. 14||at WFT||1 p.m.||Fox|
|11||Nov. 22 (Mon.)||vs. Giants||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|12||Nov. 28||at Colts||1 p.m.||Fox|
|13||Dec. 5||at Falcons||1 p.m.||Fox|
|14||Dec. 12||vs. Bills||4:25 p.m.||CBS|
|15||Dec. 19||vs. Saints||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|16||Dec. 26||at Panthers||1 p.m.||Fox|
|17||Jan. 2||at Jets||1 p.m.||Fox|
|18||Jan. 9||vs. Panthers||1 p.m.||Fox|
‘Sunday Night Football’ schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 9 (Thu.)||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Sept. 12||Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears|
|2||Sept. 19||Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|3||Sept. 26||San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers|
|4||Oct. 3||New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|5||Oct. 10||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills|
|6||Oct. 17||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|7||Oct. 24||San Francisco 49ers vs. Indianapolis Colts|
|8||Oct. 31||Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|9||Nov. 7||Los Angeles Rams vs. Tennessee Titans|
|10||Nov. 14||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|11||Nov. 21||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|12||Nov. 28||Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns|
|13||Dec. 5||Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers|
|14||Dec. 12||Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears|
|15||Dec. 19||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints|
|16||Dec. 26||Washington Football Team vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|17||Jan. 2||Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings|
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