Saints fall in home opener to Bucs, 26-19

Tampa Bay wide receiver Vincent Jackson catches a touchdown in the 2nd quarter of the Saints home opener.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Jameis Winston passed for a touchdown and ran for another, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers held on to defeat the mistake-prone New Orleans Saints 26-19 on Sunday.

Winston, who was intercepted twice and sacked four times in a losing NFL debut at home a week earlier, remained largely composed in the hostile Superdome. He completed 14 of 21 passes for 207 yards and was not intercepted. He lost one fumble, but the Saints couldn’t cash in, missing a 42-yard field goal.

His touchdown pass was a 15-yarder to Vincent Jackson.

The Saints turned the ball over twice on fumbles – one each by running back Mark Ingram and receiver Willie Snead – and once on Chris Conte’s interception of Drew Brees. Still, New Orleans had two plays to tie it from the Bucs 27 in the final 8 seconds, but both passes fell incomplete.

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