he New Orleans Saints outgained Tampa Bay by more than 100 yards today and Ken Stabler passed for 333 yards against the top pass defense in the NFL.
The Saints also had the ball at the Buccaneer 20 in the final minute of the game with a chance for a tying field goal. But Tampa Bay was able to escape with a 13-10 victory.
An offensive pass interference call, an incomplete pass by Stabler and a 13-yard sack of the veteran quarterback left rookie kicker Morten Andersen with a 60-yard field goal to tie.
The kick was long enough but about a foot wide to the right, allowing Tampa Bay to improve its record to 2-3 and dropping the Saints to 3-2.
"Kenny (Stabler) threw the ball often and well," said Tampa Bay Coach John McKay. "But that doesn't hurt you if they don't score points."
About Stabler, McKay said: "The old man is awfully good. They told us he couldn't run, but I'll tell you, he looked like he ran to hell and back."
Bill Capece made field goals of 50 and 29 yards and safety Neal Colzie recovered two fumbles to ensure Tampa Bay's win.
Tampa Bay's Doug Williams threw for 193 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown to Kevin House.