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It drove 92 yards in 13 plays and took up almost seven minutes for a touchdown and 24-20 lead with 7:07 to go in the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium.

The Bucs (5-11), just two days after second-year head coach Dirk Koetter learned he would be retained for the 2018 season, broke a five-game losing streak and Winston (28 of 51 for 363 yards) gained a measure of redemption after throwing three critical interceptions earlier in the game.

The Bucs would strike again a couple drives later as Winston got the touchdown on a keeper and great second effort to break the plane. He dropped the New Orleans signal caller for a loss of seven on third-and-3 that forced the Saints to give the ball back.

Tampa Bay had rallied for a fourth-quarter lead, only to see the Saints grab the lead back.

The Saints led 24-23 with 1:58 to play in the game when the Bucs (5-11) took over at their 5-yard line after a punt.

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The No. 4-seeded Saints (11-5) will host the No. 5 Panthers (11-5) in the first round next Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET. His last came on a third down after the Bucs had been in the red zone, taking away a potential go-ahead field goal in the third quarter. The Bucs wouldn't quite even the score as kicker Patrick Murray pulled the extra point wide right, giving the Saints a narrow 14-13 lead going into halftime.

Brees completed 5-of-6 passes for 57 yards during the 13-play, 92-yard drive, including a 3-yard touchdown to running back Zach Line with 7:13 remaining.

The Saints got a big game from rookie Alvin Kamara, who returned the Bucs first kickoff 106 yards for a touchdown, tying the game at 7-7.

The Buccaneers drove 75 yards in 12 plays to cut it to 14-13 at the 5:50 mark of the second quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Winston on third-and-goal.

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