Tampa, Fla. - The first half of Sunday's New Orleans Saints-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game at Raymond James Stadium turned into the Alvin Kamara Show.
The rookie running back out of Tennessee scored on a 106-yard kickoff return - the longest play in Saints history - and on a 7-yard run to help the Saints take a 14-13 lead.
Kamara has 14 touchdowns and is the first rookie to have at least five receiving touchdowns, five rushing touchdowns and one kickoff return for a score since Gale Sayers in 1965.
The Saints failed on an attempted fake field goal when kicker Wil Lutz was tackled one yard short of the first down.
The Buccaneers (4-11) scored on a pair of 1-yard runs, the first by Peyton Barber and the second by quarterback Jameis Winston. The Bucs dominated time of possession thanks to two 75-yard scoring drives plus converting on an amazing 10 of 11 third-down attempts. The Saints stopped one Tampa drive when rookie safety Marcus Williams made his third interception of the season and on another when linebacker Craig Robertson picked off Winston.
Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan picked up his 13th sack of the season, on a play that ended the first half.
The Saints (11-4) already have a playoff spot secured but can win the NFC South Division with a victory over Tampa or if Carolina loses to Atlanta.
New Orleans Saints key stats
Drew Brees, 7 of 13 for 86 yards
Mark Ingram, three carries for 15 yards
Alvin Kamara, four catches for 28 yards
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jameis Winston, 13 of 22 for 139 yards with two interceptions
Peyton Barber, 14 carries for 58 yards with one TD
Mike Evans, one catch for 12 yards