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#pounditThursday, February 9, 2023

Saints committed 1 massive mistake in choke job against Bucs

The New Orleans Saints dominated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 54 minutes of Monday night’s Week 13 game. They were leading 16-3 with five and a half minutes left and somehow managed to blow it and lose 17-16.

There was one moment in the fourth quarter where things completely changed, one play that would have made a massive difference.

Todd Bowles made another questionable decision to punt and gave the ball back to New Orleans with seven minutes left. The Saints had a 2nd-and-8 at their 49 and Andy Dalton threw short to Mark Ingram.

Ingram easily could have run for a first down, but he was playing hurt and slipped out of bounds a yard shy of the first down marker.

The Saints ended up with a 3rd-and-1 and threw an incompletion. On fourth down, they punted the ball back to Tampa Bay, setting up the first of two touchdown drives by the Bucs to close the game.

Prior to Ingram going out of bounds, the Saints had nearly a 99 percent win probability.

Had Ingram gotten the first down, the Bucs’ hopes of winning would have been much smaller. Instead, the Saints punted after not converting, and the rest is history.

What a brutal play, and what a bad decision to have an injured player in there for that situation.

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