BREES COMES BACK - SAINTS SLAUGHTER BUCS IN PLAYOFF WARM UPNew Orleans, LA - Savage Mason Reporting In week 5 Drew Brees took a shot in the middle of a throw, he crumbled to the ground and out came the cart. As the cart drove out, so seemed the Saints season. Painter came in and was able to win 4 of 10 games, 2 back to back in weeks 15 and 16 to give the Saints a shot with a win this week verses the Bucs. Drew and the Saints get the ball first. Brees didn't take but 15 seconds to get on the board as Brees runs it in from 3 yards out after a long throw to Meachem. 7-0 Saints. Bucs come right back and kick a 23 yard fg to make the score 7-3. Saints defense has been doing a great job with holding teams to fgs instead of tds as of late. Bucs would play some great defense and get some fumbles. This drive would be capped off with a 6 yard pass from Freeman to Williams for the td. 10-7 Bucs. Two plays later Brees would hit Meachem on a 60 yard td throw, a throw that we haven't been able to make since week 5, for a long td pitch and catch. 14-10 Saints. Freeman would come right back after that long score and get a long score of his own as Bradley gets behind Saints defense for a 30 yard td pitch and catch. 14-17 Bucs. The battle had just began. Two plays later Brees would hit TE Graham on a 73 yard td pass as Graham showed his great speed and out runs Bucs D for the td. This would be the first of 21 points in the 2nd quarter. 21-17 Saints. Barth would add a 43 yard fg to bring the score to 21-20 Saints. Less than a minute after the fg, Brees would hit Moore for a 63 yard td pass. It was the day of the big play as brees was simply tossing the ball all around the place. 28-20 Saints. With less than 2 mins to go in the half, Brees would go to work. This time finding Graham again for the 8 yard td pass to make it 35-20 Saints, right before half. 3rd quarter would see more big plays from both teams. Bucs would get the ball first but after a nice drive, Freeman would be hit and it would be picked by DE Smith, who would return it 22 yard for the td. 42-20 Saints. The Bucs wouldn't stop coming though. Barth would add another 25 yard fg as the bend, but dont break Saints D held them out again. 42-23 Saints. Saints and Hartley would add a 23 yarder of their own in the 3rd quarter to make it 45-23 Saints. Bucs would come right back and Freeman would hit Benn on a 87 yard pitch and catch td. 45-29 Saints. 4th quarter would see the Saints tack on a 50 yarder, pull brees, bush and other starters, watch the bucs add a 1 yard dive from Williams, see Saints back up rb hit a 66 yarder would would be purposly downed on the 1 and 4 qb kneels, and then watch as 3rd string qb Canfield hit Johnson on a 44 yard td pass. Stats on the game: Great game Gabbo. I hope your family pulls through these tough times. Thanks for playing it early. See ya next year. Player of the game: QB DREW BREESDrew's first game back watched him carve up the Bucs defense, just like old days. 12/16 for 355 yards, 4 tds and an INT. Not bad after missing 10 weeks of the season. Drew looked like his old self and so did the Saints offense who put up 55 points even after kneeling the ball on the 1 yard like 4 straight times. Let's hope he can keep it up because the Saints defense is hurting.