Saints rout Bucs to secure playoff spot

Updated: December 29, 2013

New Orleans, LA ( – Drew Brees fired four touchdown passes
in the first half and added a rushing score in the second to help the New
Orleans Saints secure a playoff berth with a 42-17 thumping of the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Brees completed 24-of-31 passes for 381 yards and hooked up with 11 different
targets, with Lance Moore, Jimmy Graham, Kenny Stills and Robert Meachem each
hauling in a score for the Saints (11-5), who bounced back from consecutive
setbacks to claim the sixth seed in the NFC playoff picture.

New Orleans’ opponent for next week will be determined later Sunday, when
Dallas and Philadelphia meet for the NFC East title.

Mike Glennon capped his rookie campaign by throwing for 219 yards and two
touchdowns with an interception on 22-of-41 throws for the disappointing
Buccaneers (4-12), who closed the season on a three-game slide.

Tim Wright and Tiquan Underwood caught a TD pass apiece in the setback.