Garrett Hartley’s game-clinching 27-yard field goal with five seconds left capped a wild Sunday night in Tampa Bay and sent the New Orleans Saints home with a win over the Buccaneers, 16-14.
It took the Saints just over a minute to drive 54 yards back down the field, after Tampa Bay’s own missed field goal, to set Hartley up to make the kick. The team was down by one, thanks to an earlier missed kick, and the points they gave back trying and failing to score a one-yard touchdown with just seconds to go in the first half.
The New Orleans Saints beat the Atlanta Falcons at home in the Superdome Sunday afternoon, in a rollicking game that came down to the wire, as many games between these two rivals often do.
The Falcons offense, taking advantage of an invigorated but still-shaky Saints secondary, marched down the field with time expiring, but rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro tipped Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan’s fourth-down bullet with less than a minute to play, and Roman Harper intercepted it in the end zone.
Fans who headed out to Champions Square and the Superdome for Friday night's preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs experienced the NFL's enhanced security measures for the first time.
New security policies included checkpoints at the base of the pedestrian ramps and new bag restrictions — no more diaper bags, purses or seat cushions, the NFL said. Instead, one single, clear vinyl bag a foot square.
The New Orleans Saints are coming off the worst defensive season of any team in NFL history, and Thursday night’s selection of safety Kenny Vaccaro is intended to be a critical piece in the shake up of their troubled secondary.