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Live: Saints fall in playoffs for third straight year at home

Keep up with what's happening in the Saints-Bucs playoff game.
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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Deonte Harris (11) warms up before the first half of an NFL divisional round playoff football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

NEW ORLEANS — We'll be keeping up with the Saints and Bucs game with the winner drawing a matchup next weekend at Green Bay.

8:38 pm - Brees throws 3rd INT and that pretty much seals it

8:34 pm - Brady scores TD to take 30-20 lead. 

8:29 pm - Drew Brees and Kamara have miscommunication and it's an INT that leads to a short field for Tampa. 

8:24 pm - A long Tampa Bay drive ends with a FG and a 23-20 lead. A key holding penalty during the drive negated a long Ronald Jones run. 11 plays, 61 yards. 23-20 Tampa. 

7:58 Bucs turn costly Saints turnover into points. Saints defense is playing extremely well but offense is betraying them to this point.  20-20

7:52 - Another COSTLY turnover for the Saints. Jared Cook with a big catch for a first down, but he fumbles, setting up Tampa in Saints territory. 

7:45 - CJ Gardner-Johnson is hurt on a nice PBU. If his injury extends further into the game, that could be significant. 

7:40 pm - Saints with nice 75-yard drive for TD to start second half. Plenty of good running by Kamara and nice blocking by offensive line. Brees with a laser to Tre-Quan for Smith's second TD of game. Saints 20-13 in the 3rd. 

7:22 - The Saints have made 2 big plays - Deonte Harris punt return and the Jameis Winston trick play TD. Bucs made one big play - pickoff of Brees, but it led to a TD. 

7:17 pm - Saints had costly TO and squandered great punt return. On other hand, Saints scored on trick play and D held Brady in check. Think there's concern that your main offense came on trick play. 

7:16 pm - Brees 10 of 17 for 63 yards and a costly INT. Dismal QB rating of 42.1. Brady is 10-21 for 93 yards and 1 TD. Rating of 76. 

7:15 pm - Bucs field goal ties game 13-13 at half.

6:44 pm - Some trickeration by the Saints. Jameis Winston comes in at QB, but Kamara lines up in wildcat, he flips to Winston who throws to wide open Tre-Quan Smith TD - Saints lead 13-10...

6:35 pm - Tampa scores on Brady to Mike Evans. Brady has been held in check, but he's been better than Brees so far.  10-6 Tampa

6:33 pm - Drew Brees picked off - Tampa returns it to the Saints 3

6:28 pm - Tampa also settles for a FG after a methodical drive. Both defenses have bent some, but in today's game, a FG is almost a defensive win. 

6:21 pm - First Quarter over with Saints up 6-0, but you just feel like they've caught all the breaks so far and haven't capitalized as they should Defense played well in the quarter. 

6:10 pm - Another drive, but it stalls again deep. Saints offense not exactly firing on all cylinders yet - Tampa may have a lot to do with that. Saints 6-0. 

5:57 pm - Saints sack Brady - DEONTE HARRIS with another monster return, but a block in the back prevents a TD.

5:50 pm - Saints drive stalls at the 5. Lutz makes very short FG...Saints lead 3-0 but may regret 1st and 10 at the Tampa 21 ending with only a FG. 

5:44 pm - Deonte Harris takes a licking and keeps kicking for a 54-yard punt return to the Tampa 21. 

5:40 pm - Saints to kick off to start the game.

5:30 pm - Saints fans probably a little envious as Green Bay and Kansas City put 3 or more times the fans that the Saints can in the Superdome, but, dome is an indoor setting, so that probably has something to do with that. 

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