New Orleans Saints top Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Staff reports
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore catches a touchdown pass from Drew Brees against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback E.J. Biggers.

In the second meeting of NFC South foes, the New Orleans Saints took a 27-16 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in the Superdome.

"It was good and important win. Being the more physical team helped us today," said Saints coach Sean Payton. "Both teams are trying to do the things that statically have been the difference in this rivalry. Overall, we are pleased with the win."

Saints quarterback Drew Brees went 27 of 36 for 258 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

New Orleans running back Chris Ivory finished with 67 yards on 15 tries. Pierre Thomas had a season-high 66 rushing yards. Darren Sproles added 42 yards.

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham led the receivers with six catches for 78 yards.