The Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints will settle their Week 1 rivalry matchup at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, but the Saints got there by jogging off the field with a Week 1 victory of their own, 28-14 over the Buccaneers.
Tampa Bay trailed by only two points when Saints’ A.J. Klein put a crushing hit on Bucs QB Jameis Winston and had to leave the game. — Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) August 13, 2017
The Week 1 jolt from New Orleans came on the heels of the Buccaneers being unable to punch their ticket to last year’s playoffs, finishing 8-8, 6-9. The Buccaneers have been striving to mount a playoff run and their front office has made a series of bold moves by trading for star free agent quarterback Mike Glennon.
Tom Brady’s decision to sit the game out meant there would be no “Big Boy” fireworks for the “MVP” himself. Not that the defeat mattered for the 49ers as they closed out their Super Bowl drought at just 28 years.
New Orleans Saints’ full game-day announcement on Tom Brady’s No. 12 jersey being “easily” replaceable: https://t.co/oLSKcm9l46 pic.twitter.com/G0iDFLPQPW — Shelley Smith (@ShelleySmithNBA) August 13, 2017
In other football news, Sean Payton and Drew Brees took to the field together, and allowed the Patriots duo to enjoy a moment together after finally locking up their 10th Super Bowl title on Sunday.
Since Super Bowl XLIX, the Saints and Patriots have had plenty of moments that underscore the rivalry between the teams, many of which have involved Antonio Brown or Russell Wilson.
Last year the Patriots dismantled the Saints, 38-7, in the first game of the season and both Rivers and Brees couldn’t hide their disappointment afterward.
Alex Smith thanks Phillip Rivers for his Hall of Fame induction speech https://t.co/dmCWzwCpOF — The Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 31, 2017
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