NEW ORLEANS — Fans attending Sunday’s game between the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Bucs were treated to a rarity — a shutout by the home team in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Saints’ 41-0 blanking of the Bucs was their first at home since a 27-0 victory over the Los Angeles Raiders on Dec. 16, 1991 — exactly 21 years earlier. That covered 167 regular-season games and seven playoff games.
The shutout for the Saints, which was the 13th in franchise history, was their first since they took a 12-0 win over the New York Jets on Dec. 24, 1995 in Giants Stadium. That streak covered 269 regular-season games and 10 postseason games.
The Saints, who had no interceptions in five of their first 13 games, had a season-high four against Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman.
Cornerback Jabari Greer had two of the picks of Freeman, who had none in an Oct. 21 meeting with the Saints in Tampa, while safeties Isa Abdul-Quddus and Rafael Bush had the others.
The last time the Saints recorded four interceptions in a game was on Oct. 13, 2002 in a 43-27 win over the Washington Redskins.
Not dressing for the Saints were T Zach Strief (ankle), CB Corey White (knee), RB Chris Ivory (hamstring), LB Scott Shanle, DE Turk McBride, TE Michael Higgins and DT Tyrunn Walker.
The only inactives of note for the Bucs were CB LeQuan Lewis (knee) and LB Najee Goode.
Saints T Jermon Bushrod left in the third quarter with cramps and went to the locker room to receive intravenous fluids. He returned a short time later, however. … Also FB Jed Collins injured his lower leg on the opening kickoff, but came back after having his left foot re-taped.
Abdul-Quddus, a second-year pro, made his first start of the season and second of his career when he opened the game in Malcolm Jenkins’ spot at free safety.
Jenkins was put on injured reserve Saturday with a knee injury.
Also, William Robinson made his first NFL start at right tackle for Strief. Robinson moved to the left side when Bushrod went to the locker room for his IV with guard Eric Olsen moving in at right tackle.
Before the singing of the national anthem, a moment of silent reflection was observed for the victims and the families affected by the Connecticut school shooting on Friday.
The Superdome crowd of 73,096 remained quiet for about 30 seconds before American Idol contestant Skylar Laine began singing the Star Spangled Banner.
Pro Football Hall of Fame president and executive director Steve Perry presented former Saints tackle William Roaf with his Hall of Fame ring during a special halftime ceremony.
Perry made the presentation at midfield in front of the bronze bust of Roaf that went into the Hall of Fame when Roaf was enshrined in the Canton, Ohio, museum in August.
The Bucs had three Louisiana players on the field: defensive end Pep Levingston and linebacker Jacob Cutrera, who both played at LSU, and tackle Demar Dotson, an Alexandria native. … Brees had 26 completions, pushing his NFL-record streak with at least 20 completions to 50 straight games. … Brees’ 11-yard scramble in the first half was his longest run of the season by eight yards. … Saints wide receiver Marques Colston played in his 100th NFL game Sunday.
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