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The swarm tackling technique worked pretty well in the beginning of the game for the Buccaneers, but that is perhaps the best that can be said about the Buccaneers’ defensive effort against the Saints.
Sending waves of players after the ball prevented the Saints from breaking big plays in the first quarter. After that, though, the Saints made some offensive adjustments and never looked back.
When the tackles came down to one-on-one matchups (which was the case for most of the later part of the game), the Buccaneers were extremely hit-or-miss.
For every play the Bucs were able to stop in the backfield, the Saints were able to execute several big plays both on the ground and in the air with yards after the catch.