Bucs stun Saints, 20-17, in OT

By Jeff Shepard – bio | email

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Carnell Williams had 129 yards rushing and Connor Barth kicked a 47-yard field goal in overtime, lifting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a stunning 20-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

New Orleans was heavily favored and could have wrapped up home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win, but instead dropped a second straight game at home after opening the season 13-0.

Williams had a 23-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and Michael Spurlock's 77-yard punt return tied it, completing a comeback from 17 points down in the first half.

The Saints had a chance to win in the final seconds of regulation, but Garrett Hartley missed a 37-yard field goal. Tampa Bay (3-12) then won the coin toss to open overtime and scored soon after.

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