Hartley's last-minute field goal gives Saints win over Bucs

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Winning in dramatic fashion never gets old for Drew Brees.

The New Orleans star was sacked four times, knocked around a bunch more and threw an interception that was returned for a

touchdown Sunday.

Still, he and the Saints found a way to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers again.

"That's football. That's why we love it, and

that's why we never give up, because we always feel like we have a

chance," Brees

said Sunday after leading a last-minute drive to set up Garrett

Hartley's 27-yard as time expired to give New Orleans a weather-delayed

16-14 victory.

Brees shrugged off the mistake that gave Tampa Bay the lead early in the fourth quarter to complete three straight passes

for 54 yards to lead the Saints (2-0) into position to beat their NFC South rivals for the fourth straight time.

He finished 26 of 46 for 322 yards, although interceptions by linebackers Dekoda Watson and Mason Foster led to all of Tampa

Bay's points.

"I think wins like this are vital because no

matter what you've done in the past, you've got to kind of prove it to


that this team can do that and overcome those types of odds and

circumstances and get a win — on the road, in the division,"

Brees said. "These just become so meaningful, and our team got

better today."

The game was interrupted by a 69-minute

suspension of play because of lightning that sent fans at Raymond James

Stadium scurrying

for cover in the first quarter.

The Bucs (0-2) lost on a field goal in the

closing seconds for the second straight week. Foster scored on an

85-yard interception

return for a 14-13 lead.

However, Rian Lindell missed a 46-yard field-goal attempt just over a minute left, giving Brees one more chance to bring the

Saints back.

"It's tough to lose no matter (how)," Foster said. "You've got to tip your hat to Drew Brees and his receivers making great

plays. He's a great quarterback. He's proven that over the years."

Brees led his team into scoring position with completions of 15 yards to Jimmy Graham, 8 yards to Darren Sproles and 31 yards

to Marques Colston.

It was the 22nd time during the regular season Brees has led a winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime since joining

the Saints in 2006.

"The fact of the matter is we've worked so

hard. We've conditioned ourselves to be prepared for these

opportunities, and you

just visualize success," said Brees, who threw a first-quarter TD

pass to Graham, who had 10 catches for 179 yards. "You visualize

yourself making plays, so really I can say there was no doubt

among our team."

The Bucs played resilient defense to stay in the game, but in the end weren't able to generate enough offense.

Tampa Bay was penalized 13 times for 102

yards during a season-opening 18-17 loss to the New York Jets, including

three costly

personal fouls — the last of which set up the Jets' game-winning

field goal in the closing seconds. They had three more penalties

for hard hits in the second quarter Sunday.

Defensive end Adrian Clayborn was assessed

an unnecessary roughness penalty for a hard hit on Brees, safety Dashon


was flagged for a blow to the head on Sproles two plays later, and

safety Ahmad Black later was called for what appeared to

be a helmet-to-helmet hit on Graham on an incompletion down the

middle off the field.

The game was stopped with 10:30 remaining in the first quarter. When play resumed, Brees' first pass was intercepted by Watson

at the Saints 35 to set up Josh Freeman's 5-yard TD pass to Kevin Ogletree to put the Bucs up 7-3.

Freeman completed nine of 22 passes for 125 yards. Doug Martin rushed for 144 yards on 29 carries for Tampa Bay.

The Bucs say they are disappointed, though far from discouraged, to be 0-2.

"This team is a resilient team," coach Greg Schiano said. "The head coach is a resilient guy."

Notes: Tampa Bay finished with 10 penalties

for 118 yards, including one for an illegal formation that wiped out a


TD pass to Vincent Jackson. ... Brees has thrown for 300-plus

yards in seven consecutive games, two off his NFL record. ...

Saints CB Patrick Robinson was carted off with an apparent leg

injury in the second half and did not return.