After dropping both match-ups against New Orleans in the regular season, the Bucs battled back and beat the Saints 30-20 on Sunday to clinch a spot in the NFC Championship against the Packers next week. Despite a slow start, four turnovers forced by the Bucs’ defense and 17 unanswered points to finish the game allowed Tampa Bay to get past New Orleans and live to play another game.
Head coach Bruce Arians spoke to the media following the Bucs’ win on Sunday. Read the full transcript below.
On the plan for the Bucs’ defense coming into Sunday’s game
“I think that our guys knew that they had to play tight coverage. We’re coming in, we’re going to play man-to-man and get on them, not let them get going, not let [Drew Brees] dink-and-dunk and then get after him, get him off the spot, make him throw on the move. Then they ran the ball pretty good on us there for a spurt, but once we got the lead we kind of had them where we wanted them.”
On Devin White
“It was great. Just to see Devin make those plays and that’s what he’s capable of making. Everybody was criticizing him that he can’t cover anybody, I think he just proved that he can.”
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