Brees rallies Saints past Buccaneers 23-20

Dec 28, 2014 3:24 PM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Drew Brees threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston with 1:57 remaining Sunday, helping New Orleans overcome a 13-point, second-half deficit to beat Tampa Bay 23-20 and keep the Buccaneers on course to land the top pick in the NFL draft.

Brees shrugged off three interceptions - two of them stopping promising third-quarter drives - to throw for 281 yards. His only TD pass gave the Saints (7-9) their first lead, and Junior Galette sacked Josh McCown for a safety that provided the final margin of victory.

Doug Martin rushed for a season-best 108 yards and rookie Mike Evans set a Tampa Bay record with his 12th touchdown reception as the Bucs (2-14) flirted with damaging their chances of winding up with the No. 1 overall selection in the draft.

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