Hartley's late FG gives Saints 16-14 win over Bucs

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 15, 2013 at 9:31 pm •  Published: September 15, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Winning in dramatic fashion never gets old for Drew Brees.

The New Orleans star was sacked four times, knocked around a bunch more and threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown Sunday.

Still, he and the Saints found a way to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers again.

"That's football. That's why we love it, and that's why we never give up, because we always feel like we have a chance," Brees said Sunday after leading a last-minute drive to set up Garrett Hartley's 27-yard as time expired to give New Orleans a weather-delayed 16-14 victory.

Brees shrugged off the mistake that gave Tampa Bay the lead early in the fourth quarter to complete three straight passes for 54 yards to lead the Saints (2-0) into position to beat their NFC South rivals for the fourth straight time.

He finished 26 of 46 for 322 yards, although interceptions by linebackers Dekoda Watson and Mason Foster led to all of Tampa Bay's points.

"I think wins like this are vital because no matter what you've done in the past, you've got to kind of prove it to yourself that this team can do that and overcome those types of odds and circumstances and get a win — on the road, in the division," Brees said. "These just become so meaningful, and our team got better today."

The game was interrupted by a 69-minute suspension of play because of lightning that sent fans at Raymond James Stadium scurrying for cover in the first quarter.

The Bucs (0-2) lost on a field goal in the closing seconds for the second straight week. Foster scored on an 85-yard interception return for a 14-13 lead.

However, Rian Lindell missed a 46-yard field-goal attempt just over a minute left, giving Brees one more chance to bring the Saints back.

"It's tough to lose no matter (how)," Foster said. "You've got to tip your hat to Drew Brees and his receivers making great plays. He's a great quarterback. He's proven that over the years."

Brees led his team into scoring position with completions of 15 yards to Jimmy Graham, 8 yards to Darren Sproles and 31 yards to Marques Colston.

It was the 22nd time during the regular season Brees has led a winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime since joining the Saints in 2006.

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