Let’s relive some of the game’s biggest moments.
Deonte Harris gives the Saints great field position to start their first drive of the game
It was an extremely risky decision to field this punt, but it paid off. Harris’ excellent punt return immediately put the Saints in scoring position to start their first drive of the game.
Sean Murphy-Bunting comes up with another clutch play
The Saints led, 6-3, at this point. The pressure gets to Drew Brees and SMB is able to force his third turnover in as many games. But the key was his 36-yard return that set the Bucs up in scoring range.
And Mike Evans puts the Bucs up early in the second quarter
The Bucs were able to take advantage of the turnover. Tom Brady finds Evans to put the Bucs up, 10-6, early in the second quarter.
Brady: “Mike, be that dude right here.”— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) January 18, 2021
Jameis Winston finds Tre’Quan Smith on the trick play
Yup, that’s right. Winston finds a wide open Smith to put the Saints up, 13-10.
Tre’Quan Smith puts the Saints up by a touchdown, again
The Bucs would end up tying the game at 13 going into halftime. The Saints received the ball to start the second half and marched 75 yards in 10 plays to take a 20-13 lead with 9:43 left in the third quarter.
Jared Cook fumbles the ball away and gives the Bucs a chance to tie the game
This was on third down. Cook is able to get the first down, but Antoine Winfield Jr. knocks the ball out and Tampa Bay recovers with a shot at tying the game.
Leonard Fournette ties the game up at 20 points apiece
Third downs matter in the playoffs. Brady is able to hit Fournette across the middle to tie the game up, 20-20, late in the third quarter.
Tyler Johnson makes the catch of his life
This was on a 3rd and 11. What made the situation even more painful was the fact that it was created by a holding call on a 44-yard Ronald Jones II run. Regardless, Johnson converts the third down and keeps the chains moving.
Scotty Miller shows up for a clutch play of his own
I mean, you expect names like Rob Gronkowski, Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, hell, even Antonio Brown to show up in these moments. But instead it’s Miller —who has been an unheralded hero in a lot of moments of his own— making the play to move the Bucs into scoring position.
Brady DEEP to Scotty Miller, hits him perfectly between two defenders.pic.twitter.com/I3ij27INjb— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 18, 2021
Ryan Succop gives the Bucs a fourth quarter lead
Yes, it’s a field goal. But at this stage in the game it’s a highlight. Especially when it gives a team the lead.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a highlight, but it deserves a mention, at the least.
Devin White gives the Bucs a chance to close out the game
Does this remind anyone of Derrick Brooks and Ronde Barber? I mean, this is what their lovechild would look like.
Tom Brady puts the Bucs up by 10 late in the fourth quarter
This play not only put the Bucs up, 30-20, but it marked 21 points off of three Saints turnovers. Talk about clutch football.
Mike Edwards puts the game on ice
This did it. The Bucs would go on to kick a field goal and close out the game, 30-20.
Mike Edwards’ kicks tho pic.twitter.com/I6bUUdELYT— Grace Remington (@GraceRemiWTSP) January 18, 2021
Congratulations, Tampa Bay! Best of luck next weekend in Green Bay!