National Football League finalizes New Orleans Saints' opponents for 2018 season

New Orleans Saints rookie sensation Alvin Kamara celebrates his 106-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday Dec. 31 2017 at Raymond James Stadium

New Orleans Saints rookie sensation Alvin Kamara celebrates his 106-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday Dec. 31 2017 at Raymond James Stadium

Evans needed 54 yards heading into Sunday's game and had to do it against one of the league's best up-and-coming cornerbacks, Marshon Lattimore, who held him to just one catch for 13 yards in Week 9.

The Saints were leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-23 at the time of this post in the fourth quarter.

Alvin Kamara scored on a 106-yard kickoff return and had a second touchdown rushing for the Saints, who took a 24-20 lead midway through the fourth quarter when Zach Line caught a 3-yard TD pass from Drew Brees. The Bucs dominated time of possession thanks to two 75-yard scoring drives plus converting on an incredible 10 of 11 third-down attempts. The New Orleans finished 22 of 30 for 245 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.

The Bucs got a 42-yard field goal from Patrick Murray with 4:31 remaining, cutting New Orleans' lead to 24-23. That led to the punt to the 5-yard line, which Winston converted into a massive opportunity.

While Winston's strike went to Chris Godwin and not Evans, it did, however, break Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino's record for most touchdown passes before a player's 24th birthday.

Tampa Bay's fate appeared more dire at the start of the fourth quarter when Winston was sacked on third down and the Bucs were forced to punt. Isaiah Johnson recovered it and returned it for a 7-yard touchdown. Murray missed the extra point wide right.

Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara each tallied more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage this season, making them the first pair of running back teammates to reach that mark in National Football League history.

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