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Game Recap: New Orleans Saints 31, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24

A balanced offensive attack paved the way to a Christmas Eve victory.

Check out the action on the field as the Saints host the Buccaneers in Week 16.

A balanced offensive attack, combined with some timely turnovers from an aggressive defense, propelled the New Orleans to a 31-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Offensively, just about everyone got in on the action to help contribute to a 417-yard day. Mark Ingram and Tim Hightower contributed on the ground, piling up 90 and 29 rushing yards apiece. Ingram scored twice, finding pay dirt from six yards out in the first quarter and 14 yards out in the second.

Meanwhile, Drew Brees produced a solid performance by his lofty standards, racking up 299 yards on 23-of-34 passing and one touchdown.

Brees found nine receivers. His lone touchdown came midway through the third quarter when he found Travaris Cadet on a slant for the 11-yard score.

The Saints scored on six of their nine total drives, excluding their final drive which ended in kneel-downs, with Wil Lutz sending through field goals from 21, 34 and 42 yards out.

On the defensive side of the ball, the front seven applied the pressure on Jameis Winston, sacking him twice and forcing two interceptions, both of which ended up in Jairus Byrd's hands.

The win moves New Orleans to 7-8, but it has been eliminated from playoff contention. The Saints will conclude their season on New Year's Day on the road against Atlanta.

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