Biggest pregame story lines heading into Bucs vs. Saints

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Carolina will get a third try to beat the Saints as it will be in the Superdome next Sunday for a Wild Card playoff.

The game airs at 3:40 p.m. on KMSS Fox 33. Tampa Bay then followed with a 51-yard drive in 10 plays and a 42-yard field goal by Patrick Murray to get within 24-23 with 4:31 to play in the game.

Tampa Bay's fate appeared more dire at the start of the fourth quarter when Winston was sacked on third down and the Bucs were forced to punt.

Although the Buccaneers are currently 4-11 and have endured back-to-back losses for five straight game, they are still playing hard despite their devastating record and now that the franchise has confirmed that Koetter will be returning next season, the Bucs won't have any distractions this afternoon which means they could pull off an incredible upset. That led to the punt to the 5-yard line, which Winston converted into a massive opportunity.

Tampa Bay had a chance to tie the game before the half, but after Winstons 1-yard touchdown run, Murray missed the extra point, giving the Saints a 14-13 halftime lead.

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But Saints return man Tommylee Lewis was stripped by Tampa Bay's Josh Robinson and the fumble was recovered by Isaiah Johnson, who scooped it up and scored from the 7.

The half ended with the Saints up 14-13 and leading in total yards 233 to 125 as quarterback Brees was 7 of 13 for 86 yards.

New Orleans Saints running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara have combined to have outstanding seasons. Tampa Bay had taken the opening kickoff and driven 75 yards in 14 plays for a touchdown and 7-0 lead.

Brees completed 5-of-6 passes for 57 yards during the 13-play, 92-yard drive, including a 3-yard touchdown to running back Zach Line with 7:13 remaining.

The Saints scored again after capitalizing on an interception by safety Marcus Williams at midfield.

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