It wasn’t pretty. Certainly not perfect.
But the Saints on Sunday afternoon found a way to get past Tampa Bay in overtime.
Sparked by fourth-quarter efforts of Pierre Thomas and Junior Galette, the Saints plowed their way past the Buccaneers, 37-31 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Khari Robinson scored on an 18-yard touchdown in extra time, running over safety Bradley McDougald en route to the end zone. That was enough to overcome three Drew Brees interceptions and plenty of problems on defense.
Trailing by 11 in the fourth quarter, Thomas scored on a 27-yard run (two-point conversion failed) then watched Galette, on defense, sack Mike Glennon in the end zone for a safety. Retaining possession, the Shayne Graham converted a field goal from 44 yards, tying the score.
The Saints are now 2-3, aiming to become the 26st team since 1990 to reach the playoff after losing three out their first four games - Carolina and Philadelphia accomplished this last season.
Tampa Bay fell to 1-4.