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The New Orleans Saints rebounded from a dismal loss at the hands of the St. Louis Rams by beating their division rivals, Tampa Bay Buccanneers 27-16 Sunday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. 

 The Saints used a powerful mix of running by Chris Ivory, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles along with the precision-passing by Drew Brees to improve their standings to 6-3.  The loss by Tampa Bay brought their record to 4-4.

QB Drew Brees threw for two touchdowns.  RB Pierre Thomas had a 9-yard TD run and John Kasay hit on two field goals while missing one.  Another touchdown by Darren Sproles was called back due to a penalty.

The Saints led the Bucs 17-3 at the half.  

For most of teh game, the Saints were without the services of their DB Tracy Porter who suffered a neck injury after a jolting tackle of receiver Mike Williams. After a long game-delay, Porter was carted off the field.   and gave a thumbs up on his way out as the crowd gave him a standing ovation.

New Orleans plays their division rival, the Atlanta Falcons, next week before enjoying its bye week.

(More to follow)

Below from NewOrleansSaints.com

Total Net Yards 453
Penalties/Yards 63
Time Of Possession 30:04
Total Turnovers 1
SAINTS LEADERS
PassingCP/ATYDSTDINT
D. Brees 27/36 258 2 1
RushingATTYDSTDLG
C. Ivory 15 67 0 12
P. Thomas 8 66 1 33
D. Sproles 4 42 0 35
ReceivingRECYDSTDLG
J. Graham 6 78 0 23
D. Sproles 5 57 1 21
M. Colston 5 52 0 20
OPPONENT STATS
Total Net Yards 365
Penalties/Yards 80
Time Of Possession 29:56
Total Turnovers 0
OPPONENT LEADERS
PassingCP/ATYDSTDINT
Josh Freeman 27/37 281 1 0
RushingATTYDSTDLG
LeGarrette Blount 13 72 0 27
Josh Freeman 3 8 0 7
Kregg Lumpkin 2 7 0 4
ReceivingRECYDSTDLG
Preston Parker 3 56 0 36
Mike Williams 6 46 0 11
Dezmon Briscoe 1 46 0 46












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