The 2008 New Orleans Saints season is the 42nd season for the team in the National Football League (NFL). The Saints entered the season in an attempt improve their 7-9 record from the 2007 season.
* New Orleans was the designated home team for the game in London.
The Saints began their 2008 campaign at home against their NFC South foe, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the first quarter, New Orleans drew first blood as QB Drew Brees completed a 39-yard TD pass to WR David Patten. The Buccaneers would reply with CB Phillip Buchanon returning an interception 26 yards for a touchdown. In the second quarter, Tampa Bay took the lead with kicker Matt Bryant getting a 37-yard field goal. In the third quarter, the Saints responded with kicker Martín Gramática getting a 34-yard field goal. The Buccaneers would answer with Bryant nailing a 33-yard field goal, yet New Orleans regained the lead with Brees completing an 84-yard TD pass to WR Devery Henderson. In the fourth quarter, Tampa Bay jumped ahead again as QB Jeff Garcia completed a 2-yard TD pass to WR Ike Hilliard. Fortunately, the Bayou faithful got the last laugh as Brees completed the game-winning 42-yard TD pass to RB Reggie Bush....
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