Official team photos of fans at the New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Photos by Michael C. Hebert and Matthew Sharpe (New Orleans Saints photos)
The New Orleans Saints took a 13-10 halftime lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Saints scored on two first quarter field goals by Shayne Graham (30 yards, 29 yards) and a 15-yard screen pass from Drew Brees to Pierre Thomas in the second quarter. The Bucs got on the board when kicker Patrick Murray hit a 57-yard field goal and then added a 20-yard touchdown pass from Mike Glennon to Louis Murphy with 20 seconds to play in the half.
Brees was 16 of 25 for 213 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Khiry Robinson ran the ball nine times for 20 yards. Brandin Cooks had four receptions for 14 yards while backup tight end Josh Hill had two receptions for 45 yards. Thomas had three receptions for 38 yards.
Patrick Robinson came up with the Saints' first interception of the season in the second quarter.
Glennon was 10 of 19 for 120 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Vincent Jackson led the team in receptions with five catches for 70 yards.
The Saints had tight end Jimmy Graham, center Jonathan Goodwin and right tackle Zach Strief leave the game in the first half. Only Strief returned. The Saints lost starting safety Jairus Byrd earlier in the week to a knee injury he suffered during practice. Rafael Bush replaced him in the starting lineup.