Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports
Jimmy Graham had plenty to celebrate on Sunday.
The performance by Tampa Bay's defense was not flawless, however.
Ahmad Black and Dashon Goldson were both flagged for very obvious personal-foul infractions, extending New Orleans drives and otherwise taking away from a fantastic defensive effort.
Black's hit in particular was unnecessary and will merit a large fine from the NFL offices. He targeted the head of a defenseless receiver after the ball had already been dropped. It was the sort of play that could have caused serious injury, and the NFL is clearly cracking down in this area.
The Buccaneers also allowed the two biggest plays of the game on mental mistakes and coverage lapses.
The first was a long touchdown to Jimmy Graham, the only New Orleans touchdown of the game. The defense was trying to change into a Cover 2 defense late in the play clock, and safety Mark Barron wasn't on the same page as the linebackers making the audible.
That left open space for Graham, who hauled in a long pass and waltzed into the end zone for six points.
The other mistake was on the penultimate play of the game, when inexperienced cornerback Leonard Johnson was lined up against Marques Colston, allowing a long pass that set up the Saints for an easy game-winning field goal.
The Buccaneers should have been better aligned on defense to prevent an average-at-best cornerback from lining up against the best wide receiver for the Saints.