With the Bucs leading 14-13 and 1:10 left on the clock, Ryan Lindell came on the field to attempt a 47 yard field goal that would all but finish the upset of the Saints on the afternoon. The former Buffalo Bills kicker hooked the attempt wide left and the Saints rushed on the field to try and capitalize.
In 3 consecutive plays the Saints drove 54 yards with no timeouts, highlighted by a Marques Colston 31 yard grab. After clocking the ball, Garrett Hartley calmy trotted on the field and drilled the 27 yard chip shot for the game winner to stun the crowd in Tampa.
One has to feel for the Tampy Bay defense that did everything they possibly could to hold the high-octane offense of the Saints to 16 points on the day, even scoring a touchdown of their own to help out Josh Freeman and the anemic Buccaneer offense.
No one in the Tampa Bay locker room will be spouting off about moral victories though. The bottom line is that the Saints are 2-0 and the Bucs are 0-2 and the talking heads will declare the Saints a “much better” team then the Bucs due to a surprise miss and thrilling finish.