Tampa Bay Buccaneers fall short in game 1 of the 2020 season, lose 34-23 to the Saints

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NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (WFLA) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicked off their 2020 season in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The game included a lot of firsts.

It’s the first game with no fans in the stadium. It’s also the first game for Tom Brady as a Buccaneer.

One of the looming questions fans had was who Tom Brady would throw to for his first touchdown as a Buc? Well, turns out he made the first touchdown for the season.

Prior to the game, the Buccaneers stood on the field together while a video played on the big screen which promoted the NFL #ItTakesAllOfUs initiative.

The initiative “leverages the scale and power of the league to unite the country during a critical time in our nation,” according to the NFL. The video that played prior to the game honored “the unprecedented offseason, recognizing the historic social justice movement and community engagement of players and clubs in addition to recognizing the invaluable efforts of frontline workers across the country in the fight against COVID-19.”

Below are updates from the game:

FIRST QUARTER:

7-0 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers new quarterback, Tom Brady, scores the first touchdown of the game on the Buccaneers first drive on the game. The referrers did call two pass interference penalties on the Saints defense so those calls helped the Buccaneers to advance down the field.

Sean Murphy-Bunting, the Buccaneers second year cornerback, gets low on Jared Cook, the Saints tight end, on third down forcing them to punt the football.

SECOND QUARTER:

7-7

14-7 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

The Buccaneers are driving on the next possession but …

17-7 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

The Saints kicked a 29 yard field goal to lengthen their lead before halftime.

THIRD QUARTER:

The second half does not start well for the Buccaneers.

24-7 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

24-14 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

24-17 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

The Buccaneers add three points to the scoreboard on a 38 yard field goal with 2:27 remaining in the third quarter.

FOURTH QUARTER:

31-17 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

The Saints get a touchdown, Brees to Sanders.

Then, they kick it to the Buccaneers but Edwards gets in the way of Mickens. The two of them cannot hold onto the football and the Saints get the ball again in scoring position.

34-17 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

The Saints kick a 21 yard field goal.

34-23 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

The Buccaneers give the two point conversion a try but the pass from Brady to Evans is incomplete.

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