He got there on one play.
With the Saints trailing 10-6 after a Drew Brees interception set up the first Tampa Bay touchdown, head coach Sean Payton drew up a trick play for the former Buccaneers quarterback.
Jameis burns Bucs with perfect pass
On first-and-10 at the Saints 44, running back Alvin Kamara lined up in shotgun behind center without Brees on the field. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders ran in motion from the left side and took a handoff from Kamara before tossing it to Winston, who had lined up wide right.
By the time Bucs defenders figured out what was happening, Tre’Quan Smith was running free in the secondary and under a perfectly thrown deep ball from Winston that he carried into the end zone.
A flag at the line of scrimmage had Saints fans surely ready to erupt, but officials picked it up, and the Saints’ first touchdown of the day stood.
At that point, Winston’s 56-yard scoring pass bested Brees’ 31 total yards on the day that required 13 passes and also included an interception. The Saints needed a spark, Payton drew one up and Winston executed.
This looks familiar
The play looked eerily similar to one the Chicago Bears drew up in last week’s wild-card loss in the Superdome.
— Greg Camarillo (@catchcamarillo) January 18, 2021
Except unlike Javon Wims, Smith managed to corral the perfectly placed pass.
Unfortunately for New Orleans, it wasn’t enough to overcome a 4-0 turnover deficit in the 30-20 loss.
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