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(VIDEO) Highlight Reel: Bucs 28, Saints 35

The Buccaneers had an overall great game on Sunday, but even a 420 yard performance by Josh Freeman — a career day for him — wasn’t enough to power the Bucs past Drew Brees and the Saint’s high powered offense. While there were some less than memorable moments during the game, for the most part the Bucs were in the game and came within inches of winning the game.

Striking first on their very first offensive play of the game, Josh Freeman hooked up with Tiquan Underwood for a 13-yard score. On the next drive Freeman led the Bucs down the field and gave the ball to rookie Doug Martin who took it the rest of the way to pay dirt, making Malcolm Jenkins look bad in the process.

Doug Martin TD Run

 

But after the Saints turned it on and scored 28 unanswered points, the Buccaneers came within inches of making it a tie ball game once again. Pinned back inside their own 5 yard line, Freeman hooked up with Vincent Jackson who made it 95 yards before the aforementioned Jenkins made up for being burned by Doug Martin by saving a touchdown that would have likely shifted the momentum of the game.

Vincent Jackson 95yd Catch and Run

 

Jackson may have not gotten into the endzone on that massive bomb from Freeman, but earlier he did score on a play that he extended his full body for. The play was reviewed, and it was determined that Jackson did indeed break the goal line and the touchdown counted towards, what appeared to be at that point, a blow out of the Saints.

Vincent Jackson 17yd TD

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