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Buccaneers vs. Saints score: Bucs threaten to score, but can't even up with Saints

The third quarter in Tampa Bay was scoreless for both the Saints and Buccaneers. New Orleans still leads, 28-21, but that's only because the Buccaneers missed two major scoring chances.

First, Tampa took the first drive of the third quarter and rumbled off a 10-play, 56-yard drive that took more than six minutes off the clock, but Connor Barth couldn't connect on a 42-yard field goal to give the Saints the ball again.

Then, after a rare 3-and-out by the Saints, the Bucs were left standing on their own 4-yard line thanks to a perfect punt from Thomas Morstead.

Pinned deep near their own end zone, Vincent Jackson ripped off a huge 95-yard catch-and-run up the left sideline to put the Buccaneers right back in prime position to tie the game at 28. Jackson has five catches for 170 yards and a touchdown today

But the Saints' defense stiffened in the red zone, forcing a turnover on downs by stuffing LeGarrette Blount thrice and running Josh Freeman out of bounds on fourth down.

Photographs by cstreet.us, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.