Sean Murphy-Bunting near pick-6
The interceptions came quickly for the Buccaneers when the defense needed them most. Picking off Drew Brees three times in one game is an extremely impressive accomplishment by the defense, and these turnovers directly led to the second playoff victory of the year.
The start of the game was far from pretty for the Bucs. The offense struggled to move the ball early, and the defense had to fight to hold the Saints back after numerous opportunities.
The bend but don’t break approach worked well, and the Buccaneers were still within striking distance in the second quarter without much offensive help.
On a drive that could have led to an additional score for the Saints, Sean Murphy-Bunting had his moment against one of the best players on the field.
As Michael Thomas was still trying to get his first reception of the game, Drew Brees forced a pass into a tight window against press coverage, and the rest was history.
SMB made an excellent play on the ball and returned it all the way to the one-yard line. The play marked an early shift in momentum for the Buccaneers, which accounted for 13 points in the second quarter.