PRINT SCHEDULES FOOTBALL | BASKETBALL | HOCKEY
Refresh
Page last updated on Thu Dec 18 03:32:44 EST 2014
RECAP
12/16/2012 7:19 PM EST
Brees leads Saints over Bucs, 41-0
NEW ORLEANS 41, TAMPA BAY 0

By BRETT MARTEL
AP Sports Writer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Drew Brees snapped out of his recent rut, New
Orleans' defense transformed into a turnover-producing machine,
and the Saints proved how good they could be this season, even
if it's probably too late to matter.



Brees passed for 307 yards and four touchdowns, and the Saints
recorded their first shutout in 17 years in a 41-0 rout of Tampa
Bay on Sunday, extending the Buccaneers' losing streak to four
games and ending their playoff hopes.



"Even though maybe that Super Bowl trophy can't be ours this
year, we still have a lot to play for," Brees said. "We have a
very prideful group of guys, but also we have a group of guys
that understand the big picture, and that is that we're going to
be together for a long time and we can start building the
foundation of something now that will carry over for years to
come."



Brees avoided an interception for the first time in three games
and connected on his scoring passes with tight end David Thomas,
running back Darren Sproles and receivers Lance Moore and Joe
Morgan. Mark Ingram added an 11-yard touchdown run.



Josh Freeman endured one of his worst outings of the season for
Tampa Bay (6-8), throwing four interceptions and losing a
fumble. Jabari Greer made two interceptions, Rafael Bush and Isa
Abdul-Quddus the others. Cameron Jordan forced Freeman's fumble
on a sack and recovered it.



"It's my job to make sure everybody is educated as to what the
play is. I've got to do a better job," Freeman said. "Some of
those turnovers were really odd. Chalk it up to
miscommunication."



New Orleans (6-8) also bottled up standout rookie running back
Doug Martin, holding him to 16 yards on nine carries as the
Buccaneers lost for the fourth straight time and suffered by far
their most lopsided drubbing this season.



"We got our butts whipped, and that's it," Bucs guard Donald
Penn said . "You can't sugarcoat it. We didn't perform today,
and it's really tough and frustrating because we have so much
talent."



The Saints will still be alive for a playoff berth when they
kick off at Dallas next Sunday, but will have to finish in a
multi-team tie at 8-8, which would require several other teams
to lose their last two games. While the Bucs could finish 8-8,
their conference record would be 5-7, dooming them to lose all
possible tiebreakers.



"I didn't get this team ready to go today for whatever that
reason is," Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. "They fought their
guts out. It's just that I didn't do a good job of getting ready
and we didn't play well."



Although many fans emptied out of the Superdome by the fourth
quarter, those remaining howled as the Saints stopped Tampa Bay
at the New Orleans 10, preserving the club's first shutout since
a 12-0 win in the 1995 season finale against the Jets in New
York.



The shutout meant a lot to a unit that came in ranked last in
the league, in large part because of high yardage totals allowed
early in the season while adjusting to the scheme of new
defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.



"We've come a long way. Our defense the first four or five games
was on pace to be one of the worst defenses ever," Saints
linebacker Jonathan Casillas said. "It's just good to finally
get a game to where we can be like, `All right, defense. This is
us. This is what we're really all about."'



Brees had been intercepted nine times during New Orleans' recent
three-game skid. That he would rebound well against Tampa Bay
made sense; the Bucs came in giving up a league-worst 311.6
yards per game. Brees eclipsed 200 yards by halftime but eased
off after his 34-yard touchdown to Morgan in the second half.



Ingram finished with 90 yards rushing and the Saints had their
third-best total on the ground this season with 149 yards
against a Tampa Bay rushing defense that came in first in the
league, allowing 78.2 yards per game.



"We all, earlier in the week, I know offensively just kind of
decided that, you know what? We haven't really put one together
that we really want to hang our hat on," Brees said. "We just
wanted to put our best out there."



Brees finished with more than 300 yards passing and four TDs for
the 17th time in his career, more than any quarterback in NFL
history. Dan Marino had done so 16 times.



Trailing 10-0, the Bucs' squandered a chance to close the gap
when Freeman missed badly on two straight passes, the first to
an open Mike Williams in the end zone. The next was his second
interception of the first half. Bush grabbed the errant pass at
the 9 and returned it 40 yards, and that led to Brees' second TD
toss, a 2-yarder to Sproles.



Brees put one more scoring drive together in the half after
Sproles returned a punt 37 yards to the Tampa Bay 38 with 1:04
left. Moore's 8-yard TD grab made it 24-0 at halftime.



NOTES: The Saints had a halftime presentation for former left
tackle Willie Roaf, who last summer became only the second
Saints player inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in
Canton, Ohio. Roaf was given the customary Hall of Fame ring as
he stood behind his bronze bust, which will be returned to
Canton. The only other Saints Hall of Famer is linebacker Rickey
Jackson, inducted in 2010. ... Saints LT William Robinson made
his first-career start with Zach Strief sidelined by a right
ankle injury. ... The Saints last home shutout was Dec. 16,
1991, against the Los Angeles Raiders, 27-0.



---



Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

TOP TEN WAGERS
RK Team
1
Jacksonville Jaguars
2
Tennessee Titans
3
Jacksonville Jaguars
4
Oklahoma City Thunder
5
Duke
12/17/2014
NHLSenators vs Devils4:05 PM PST
NHLBoston vs Minnesota5:05 PM PST
12/18/2014
Turkey - Türkiye KupasiADANA DEMIRSPOR vs. AS SARIYER03:30 AM PST
United Arab Emirates - Arabian Gulf LeagueAL DHAFRA vs. AL SHABAB AL ARABI04:55 AM PST
Turkey - Türkiye KupasiMKE ANKARAGÜCÜ vs. SIVAS DORT EYLUL BELEDIYESPOR05:30 AM PST
Greece - Super LeagueGIANNINA vs. P THESSALONIKI07:15 AM PST
Turkey - Türkiye KupasiTRABZONSPOR vs. AKHISAR BLD SPOR08:00 AM PST
Greece - Super LeagueS XANTHI vs. PANATHINAIKOS09:30 AM PST
Holland - KNVB bekerEXCELSIOR ROTTERDAM vs. NAC BREDA09:30 AM PST
Italy - Serie ACAGLIARI vs. JUVENTUS10:00 AM PST
Turkey - Türkiye KupasiBESIKTAS JK vs. CAYKUR RIZESPOR10:30 AM PST
Spain - Copa del ReyATL MADRID vs. L'HOSPITALET11:00 AM PST
Spain - Copa del ReyELCHE vs. VALLADOLID11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2SOCHAUX vs. ANGERS11:30 AM PST
Holland - KNVB bekerAJAX AMSTERDAM vs. VITESSE ARNHEM11:45 AM PST
Italy - Serie ANAPOLI vs. PARMA12:00 PM PST
Portugal - Taca de PortugalBENFICA vs. SP BRAGA12:00 PM PST
Spain - Copa del ReyATH BILBAO vs. ALCOYANO1:00 PM PST
Spain - Copa del ReyMALAGA vs. DEP LA CORUNA1:00 PM PST
NHLAvalanche vs Penguins4:05 PM PST
NBANY Knicks vs Chicago5:05 PM PST
NFLTitans vs Jaguars5:25 PM PST
NBANew Orleans vs Houston5:35 PM PST
NBAMilwaukee vs Sacramento7:05 PM PST
NBAOklahoma City vs Golden State7:35 PM PST
12/19/2014
England - Conference PremierBRISTOL vs. GATESHEAD07:00 AM PST
Germany - 2nd BundesligaKARLSRUHER vs. FRANKFURT09:30 AM PST
Germany - 2nd BundesligaFORT DÃœSSELDORF vs. U BERLIN09:30 AM PST
Germany - 2nd BundesligaHEIDENHEIM vs. E BRAUNSCHWEIG09:30 AM PST
Italy - Serie BV LANCIANO vs. CARPI10:00 AM PST
Turkey - Süper LigK ERCIYESSPOR vs. FENERBAHCE10:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2AUXERRE vs. CHAMOIS11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2S LAVALLOIS vs. VALENCIENNES11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2N LORRAINE vs. CLERMONT11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2O NIMES vs. ORLEANS11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2TOURS vs. LE HAVRE11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2CHATEAUROUX vs. DIJON11:00 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieHEERENVEEN vs. A DEN HAAG11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1LENS vs. NICE11:30 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaMAINZ 05 vs. B MÃœNCHEN11:30 AM PST
England - ChampionshipMILLWALL vs. BOLTON11:45 AM PST
Spain - La LigaCELTA vs. ALMERIA11:45 AM PST
Wales -Premier LeagueCEFN DRUIDS vs. NEWTOWN11:45 AM PST
Italy - Serie BAVELLINO vs. BOLOGNA12:00 PM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaPORTO vs. VITORIA12:30 PM PST
Argentina - Primera B NacionalN CHICAGO vs. GIM Y ESG JUJUY3:15 PM PST
12/20/2014
England - ChampionshipDERBY vs. NORWICH04:15 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueMAN CITY vs. CRYSTAL04:45 AM PST
France - Ligue 2A AVIGNON vs. TROYES05:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2S BRESTOIS vs. AJACCIO05:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 2AJACCIO vs. CRETEIL05:00 AM PST
Greece - Super LeaguePANTHRAKIKOS vs. VEROIA05:00 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaSCHALKE 04 vs. HAMBURGER06:30 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaB LEVERKUSEN vs. E FRANKFURT06:30 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaAUGSBURG vs. B MÖNCHENGLADBACH06:30 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaW BREMEN vs. B DORTMUND06:30 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaSTUTTGART vs. PADERBORN06:30 AM PST
Wales -Premier LeagueRHYL vs. GAP CONNAH'S06:30 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueA VILLA vs. MAN UTD07:00 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueHULL vs. SWANSEA07:00 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueQPR vs. WEST BROM07:00 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueSOUTHAMPTON vs. EVERTON07:00 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueTOTTENHAM vs. BURNLEY07:00 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueWEST HAM vs. LEICESTER07:00 AM PST
England - ChampionshipCARDIFF vs. BRENTFORD07:00 AM PST
England - ChampionshipREADING vs. WATFORD07:00 AM PST
England - ChampionshipWOLVERHAMPTON vs. B & H ALBION07:00 AM PST
England - ChampionshipFULHAM vs. SHEFFIELD WED07:00 AM PST
England - ChampionshipIPSWICH vs. MIDDLESBROUGH07:00 AM PST
England - ChampionshipBLACKBURN vs. CHARLTON07:00 AM PST
England - ChampionshipHUDDERSFIELD vs. BIRMINGHAM07:00 AM PST
England - ChampionshipWIGAN vs. ROTHERHAM07:00 AM PST
England - Conference PremierALFRETON vs. MACCLESFIELD07:00 AM PST
England - Conference PremierALTRINCHAM vs. DOVER ATH07:00 AM PST
England - Conference PremierBARNET vs. CHESTER07:00 AM PST
England - Conference PremierBRAINTREE vs. TORQUAY UTD07:00 AM PST
England - Conference PremierHALIFAX vs. NUNEATON07:00 AM PST
England - Conference PremierWELLING UTD vs. ALDERSHOT07:00 AM PST
England - Conference PremierWOKING vs. SOUTHPORT07:00 AM PST
England - Conference PremierWREXHAM vs. DARTFORD07:00 AM PST
England - League OneGILLINGHAM vs. CHESTERFIELD07:00 AM PST
England - League OneSHEFFIELD UTD vs. WALSALL07:00 AM PST
England - League TwoWIMBLEDON vs. MANSFIELD07:00 AM PST
Scotland - PremierABERDEEN vs. KILMARNOCK07:00 AM PST
Scotland - PremierPARTICK THISTLE vs. DUNDEE07:00 AM PST
Scotland - PremierST JOHNSTONE vs. INVERNESS07:00 AM PST
Scotland - PremierST MIRREN vs. MOTHERWELL07:00 AM PST
Spain - La LigaBARCELONA vs. CORDOBA07:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionGIRONA vs. ALAVES07:00 AM PST
Greece - Super LeaguePLATANIAS vs. OFI KRETA07:15 AM PST
College FootballNevada vs UL - Lafayette08:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1PSG vs. MONTPELLIER08:00 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueH HAIFA vs. H AKKO08:00 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueH IRONI K SHMONA vs. ASHDOD08:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionPONFERRADINA vs. MALLORCA08:00 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueH PETACH TIKVA vs. H RAANANA08:30 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueH BNEI SAKHNIN vs. M HAIFA08:45 AM PST
Italy - Serie ASASSUOLO vs. CESENA09:00 AM PST
Spain - La LigaLEVANTE vs. R SOCIEDAD09:00 AM PST
Wales -Premier LeagueNEW SAINTS vs. BALA TOWN09:00 AM PST
England - ChampionshipNOTTINGHAM vs. LEEDS UTD09:15 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionMIRANDES vs. ZARAGOZA09:15 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaWOLFSBURG vs. KÖLN09:30 AM PST
Greece - Super LeagueAEL KALLONI vs. O PIRAEUS09:30 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieC LEEUWARDEN vs. PEC ZWOLLE09:30 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueM NETANYA vs. H TEL AVIV09:30 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieDORDRECHT vs. GRONINGEN10:45 AM PST
Holland - EredivisiePSV vs. GO A EAGLES10:45 AM PST
France - Ligue 1CAEN vs. BASTIA11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1LORIENT vs. NANTES11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1METZ vs. MONACO11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1S RENNES vs. S DE REIMS11:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1TOULOUSE vs. GUINGAMP11:00 AM PST
Spain - La LigaEIBAR vs. VALENCIA11:00 AM PST
College FootballUTEP vs Utah State11:20 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieAZ ALKMAAR vs. UTRECHT11:45 AM PST
Italy - Serie AROMA vs. MILAN11:45 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionNUMANCIA vs. LUGO12:00 PM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaESTORIL vs. V GUIMARAES12:15 PM PST
College FootballUtah vs Colorado State12:30 PM PST
Spain - La LigaR VALLECANO vs. ESPANYOL1:00 PM PST
NFLEagles vs Redskins1:30 PM PST
College FootballWestern Michigan vs Air Force2:45 PM PST
UFCV Miranda vs J Collier4:00 PM PST
UFCM Alexandre Jr vs T Means4:25 PM PST
UFCL Issa vs Y Sasaki5:05 PM PST
NFLChargers vs 49ers5:25 PM PST
UFCH Dias vs D Elkins5:30 PM PST
UFCR Carneiro vs T Niinimaki5:55 PM PST
Costa Rica - Primera DivisionHEREDIANO vs. SAPRISSA6:00 PM PST
College FootballSouth Alabama vs Bowling Green6:15 PM PST
UFCI Pokrajac vs M Rogerio De Lima6:25 PM PST
UFCA Dos Santos Jr vs D Sarafian7:05 PM PST
UFCM Rhodes vs E Silva7:30 PM PST
UFCE Silverio vs R Magomedov7:55 PM PST
UFCA Carlos Junior vs P Cummins8:20 PM PST
UFCM GAGNON vs R Barao8:45 PM PST
UFCCB Dollaway vs L Machida9:15 PM PST
12/21/2014
Spain - La LigaVILLARREAL vs. DEP LA CORUNA03:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionBETIS vs. RACING03:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionALBACETE vs. LLAGOSTERA03:15 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieV ARNHEM vs. HERACLES03:30 AM PST
Italy - Serie AHELLAS vs. CHIEVO03:30 AM PST
Scotland - PremierDUNDEE UTD vs. CELTIC04:15 AM PST
France - Ligue 1O MARSEILLE vs. LILLE05:00 AM PST
Greece - Super LeaguePANIONIOS vs. ATROMITOS05:00 AM PST
Wales -Premier LeaguePRESTATYN vs. BANGOR05:00 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueNEWCASTLE vs. SUNDERLAND05:30 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieNAC BREDA vs. FEYENOORD05:30 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieEXCELSIOR vs. AJAX05:30 AM PST
Italy - Serie AATALANTA vs. PALERMO06:00 AM PST
Italy - Serie AFIORENTINA vs. EMPOLI06:00 AM PST
Italy - Serie ASAMPDORIA vs. UDINESE06:00 AM PST
Italy - Serie ATORINO vs. GENOA06:00 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaHERTHA BERLIN vs. HOFFENHEIM06:30 AM PST
Greece - Super LeagueA TRIPOLIS vs. S XANTHI07:15 AM PST
Greece - Super LeagueERGOTELIS vs. GIANNINA07:15 AM PST
Greece - Super LeagueNIKI VOLOU vs. PANAITOLIKOS07:15 AM PST
Holland - EredivisieTWENTE vs. WILLEM II07:45 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueLIVERPOOL vs. ARSENAL08:00 AM PST
France - Ligue 1ST ETIENNE vs. EVIAN08:00 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaACAD DE COIMBRA vs. PENAFIEL08:00 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaAROUCA vs. MARITIMO08:00 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaMOREIRENSE vs. BOAVISTA08:00 AM PST
Spain - La LigaGRANADA vs. GETAFE08:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionSP GIJON vs. ALCORCON08:00 AM PST
Germany - BundesligaFREIBURG vs. HANNOVER08:30 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaBENFICA vs. GIL VICENTE09:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionLEGANES vs. RECREATIVO09:15 AM PST
Greece - Super LeagueLEVADIAKOS vs. P THESSALONIKI09:30 AM PST
NFLVikings vs Dolphins10:00 AM PST
NFLRavens vs Texans10:00 AM PST
NFLLions vs Bears10:00 AM PST
NFLBrowns vs Panthers10:00 AM PST
NFLFalcons vs Saints10:00 AM PST
NFLPackers vs Buccaneers10:00 AM PST
NFLChiefs vs Steelers10:00 AM PST
NFLPatriots vs Jets10:00 AM PST
Spain - La LigaELCHE vs. MALAGA10:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionVALLADOLID vs. BARCELONA B10:00 AM PST
Spain - Segunda DivisionU DEP LAS PALMAS vs. OSASUNA10:00 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueM TEL AVIV vs. M PETACH TIKVA10:15 AM PST
Bolivia - Liga Profesional BolivianaJ WILSTERMANN vs. NAC POTOSI11:00 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaNAC MADEIRA vs. SPORTING11:15 AM PST
Italy - Serie AINTER vs. LAZIO11:45 AM PST
Bolivia - Liga Profesional BolivianaBLOOMING vs. BOLIVAR12:00 PM PST
France - Ligue 1G BORDEAUX vs. O LYONNAIS12:00 PM PST
Spain - La LigaATH BILBAO vs. ATL MADRID12:00 PM PST
NFLGiants vs Rams1:05 PM PST
NFLBills vs Raiders1:25 PM PST
NFLColts vs Cowboys1:25 PM PST
Colombia - Liga Postobon IIIND SANTA FE vs. IND MEDELLIN2:30 PM PST
Ecuador - Serie AEMELEC vs. BARCELONA5:00 PM PST
NFLSeahawks vs Cardinals5:30 PM PST
12/22/2014
Greece - Super LeaguePANATHINAIKOS vs. AOK KERKYRA09:30 AM PST
Israel - Premier LeagueB JERUSALEM vs. H BEER SHEVA10:55 AM PST
College FootballBYU vs Memphis11:00 AM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaSP BRAGA vs. P FERREIRA11:00 AM PST
England - Premier LeagueSTOKE vs. CHELSEA12:00 PM PST
Portugal - Primeira LigaRIO AVE vs. BELENENSES1:00 PM PST
NFLBroncos vs Bengals5:30 PM PST
12/23/2014
College FootballNorthern Illinois vs Marshall3:00 PM PST
College FootballNavy vs San Diego State6:30 PM PST
12/24/2014
College FootballCentral Michigan vs Western Kentucky09:00 AM PST
College FootballFresno State vs Rice5:00 PM PST
12/26/2014
College FootballIllinois vs Louisiana Tech10:00 AM PST
College FootballRutgers vs North Carolina1:30 PM PST
College FootballNC State vs Central Florida5:00 PM PST
12/27/2014
College FootballVirginia Tech vs Cincinnati10:00 AM PST
College FootballDuke vs Arizona State11:00 AM PST
College FootballMiami Florida vs South Carolina12:30 PM PST
College FootballPenn State vs Boston College1:30 PM PST
College FootballNebraska vs USC5:00 PM PST
12/29/2014
College FootballWest Virginia vs Texas A&M11:00 AM PST
College FootballClemson vs Oklahoma2:30 PM PST
College FootballTexas vs Arkansas6:00 PM PST
12/30/2014
College FootballNotre Dame vs LSU12:00 PM PST
College FootballLouisville vs Georgia3:30 PM PST
College FootballMaryland vs Stanford7:00 PM PST
12/31/2014
College FootballMississippi vs TCU09:30 AM PST
College FootballBoise State vs Arizona1:00 PM PST
College FootballGeorgia Tech vs Mississippi State5:00 PM PST
01/01/2015
College FootballWisconsin vs Auburn09:00 AM PST
College FootballMichigan State vs Baylor09:30 AM PST
College FootballMinnesota vs Missouri10:00 AM PST
College FootballFlorida State vs Oregon2:00 PM PST
College FootballOhio State vs Alabama5:30 PM PST
01/02/2015
College FootballPittsburgh vs Houston09:00 AM PST
College FootballIowa vs Tennessee12:20 PM PST
College FootballUCLA vs Kansas State3:45 PM PST
College FootballOklahoma State vs Washington7:15 PM PST
01/03/2015
College FootballEast Carolina vs Florida09:00 AM PST
01/04/2015
College FootballToledo vs Arkansas State6:00 PM PST