A decision to dip into the playbook's bag of tricks nearly cost New Orleans dearly late in the second quarter. 

With the Saints holding on to a 9-3 lead after a Tampa Bay field goal, New Orleans called "Chameleon," a play where wide receiver Tommylee Lewis lays down in the "S" in the end zone, then gets up and catches a long lateral from Ted Ginn Jr.

Ginn's throw bounced to Lewis, and the Buccaneers sniffed out the trick play to drop Lewis for a return of just two yards. New Orleans put together a seven-play, 93-yard drive for a touchdown to ensure the botched return didn't hurt too much, but a loose ball on the turf could have been disastrous. 

New Orleans also failed to execute the play the way the Saints wanted to.

"Not a lot went well," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "We did not work on sitting out there for 35 seconds and letting everyone see the alignment, but that is on us as coaches."

The lateral across the field was reminiscent of Home Run Throwback, the play the Tennessee Titans used to beat the Buffalo Bills in the Music City Miracle in the 2000 playoffs. 

But the Saints' execution left something to be desired. 

"We didn't do a good enough job managing that timeout," Payton said. "It was a longer timeout, so that was a dud."

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