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Statement win over Buccaneers: Saints first to shut out Tom Brady since 2006

Statement win over Buccaneers: Saints first to shut out Tom Brady since 2006

Statement win over Buccaneers: Saints first to shut out Tom Brady since 2006

TAMPA, Fla. — Cameron Jordan and the New Orleans defense gave Tom Brady convulsion again, closing down Tampa Bay’s high-powered offense Sunday night as the Saints put the Buccaneers’ division-title commemoration plans on hold with a 9-0 victory over the reigning Super Bowl champions.

In spite of playing without coach Sean Payton on the sideline, the Saints (7-7) beat the Bucs (10-4) for the seventh straight time at the regular season — fourth since Brady left New England for Tampa Bay in 2020.

The win gave New Orleans a sweep of the season series at the NFC South rivals and improved the Saints into playoff position with a hold on the conference’s last wild card. It as well forced Tampa Bay to wait not less than another week to clinch its first division crown since 2007.

The Bucs, who won a playoff game at New Orleans last January on the move to winning the Super Bowl, lead the division by three games with three weeks remaining in the regular season.

Tom Brady fumbles during the fourth quarter of the Buccaneers’ 9-0 loss to the Saints.
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Tom Brady paces on the sidelines during the Buccaneers’ 9-0 loss to the Saints.
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With defensive coordinator Dennis Allen standing as proxy for Payton, who missed the game following testing positive for COVID-19, the Saints impeded the NFL’s No. 1 passing and scoring offense and ended Brady’s streak of 255 successive starts without being shut out.

Jordan had two sacks, outstanding 100 for his career, and forced a key scrabble around in the lowest-scoring game of the NFL season. It was the first time in his eminent career that Brady lost to an opponent that didn’t manage a touchdown.

“Look, if we wanted to win, we had to put it on the D-line,”

Jordan said.

“We installed a four-man rush front and we got after him. We hit him early, we hit him often and we sort of rushed him a few more times than he normally has been. I mean, to get Tom Brady — he’s got one of the fastest releases in the game. So I’m just overly impressed with my D-line.”

Cameron Jordan sacks Tom Brady during the first half of the Saints’ 9-0 win over the Buccaneers.
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Brady leads the NFL in completions, attempts, yards passing and TD passes, still was exactly 26 of 48 for 213 yards and one blocking — the eighth he’s thrown in four regular-season games against the Saints, who didn’t have any turnovers Sunday night.

Taysom Hill, meantime, was 13 of 27 for 154 yards and no blocking for New Orleans, which as well got field goals of 39, 35 and 42 yards from Brett Maher.

The Saints have won the NFC South every year since 2017, and in spite of losing star quarterback Drew Brees to retirement and his successor, Jameis Winston, to a season-ending knee injury, they’re not surrendering the crown without a struggle.

Tom Brady walks off the field following the Buccaneers’ 9-0 loss to the Saints.
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Trevor Siemian came off the bench to take the place of Winston and lead New Orleans to a 36-27 victory in the first meeting between the ferocious contenders on Oct. 31. Brady threw for 375 yards and two TDs in that one, yet as well lost a fumble and had one of his two blockings returned for a touchdown in the loss.
This time, the Saints’ defense sacked Brady four times, forced a fumble by the 44-year-old quarterback that destroyed Tampa Bay’s best scoring favorable condition in the second half, and as well blocked the seven-time Super Bowl winner once.

“I think it’s just a testament to what our defense is able to do,”

Jordan said.

“The way we were able to attack the offense, I love it.”

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TOM BRADY            12/19/21

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