The Saints stole a trick play that fooled them a week ago to bamboozle the Buccaneers

Tyler Lauletta
·2-min read
Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston. AP Photo/Brynn Anderson
  • The New Orleans Saints used a trick play to score a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their playoff matchup.

  • The play was identical to one used against the Saints by the Chicago Bears.

  • Jameis Winston threw a touchdown pass after lining up at wide receiver.

  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

The New Orleans Saints pulled off an impressive trick play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday to score their first touchdown of the game.

The trickeration was evident from how the Saints lined up, pulling starting quarterback Drew Brees out of the game, lining running back Alvin Kamara up as the wildcat quarterback, and putting in backup quarterback Jameis Winston as a wide receiver.

Kamara took the snap and handed the ball off to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders who was storming across the line. Sanders then pitched the ball back to Winston, who fired off a deep pass down the center of the field and hit receiver Tre'Quan Smith wide open for a touchdown, giving the Saints a 13-10 lead.

If the play looked familiar to football fans, that's because the Chicago Bears ran the same design against the Saints last weekend. In the Bears set up, running back David Montgomery took the snap and gave the ball to wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who pitched back to quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who had initially lined up at wide receiver.

Trubisky threw a dime to wide receiver Javon Wims, and while Wims couldn't reel in the catch, the play had succeeded in fooling the Saints defense.

Watched side-by-side, it's clear where the Saints got their inspiration.

As the old saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Read the original article on Insider