Tampa, Fla. - New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees moved into fourth place on the all-time TD passing list as the Saints took a 17-10 halftime lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
Brees connected with favorite target Marques Colston twice - the 70th and 71st scoring passes the two have connected on. The first was a 3-yarder up the middle while the second was a 1-yard fade to the left side of the end zone.
Brees now has 421 touchdown passes, moving him past Dan Marino for fourth all time. Brees was razor-sharp in the half, completing 19 of 22 passes for 196 yards and the two touchdowns. Kai Forbath ended New Orleans' scoring with a 23-yard field goal with 1:02 to play. It ended a 75-yard, 17-play New Orleans drive that ate up 7 minutes and two seconds.
Tampa scored on a 14-yard touchdown run by Doug Martin in the second quarter and a 39-yard Connor Barth field toward the end of the quarter.
The game marked the return of linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and defensive back Damian Swann to the Saints' lineup and the unit kept Bucs QB Jameis Winston largely in check. Running back Tim Hightower started in place of injured running back Mark Ingram. He finished the half with 39 yards on 12 carries.
Tight end Benjamin Watson had a productive half with six catches for 86 yards. Receiver Willie Snead had four catches for 66 yards.