Galloway goes off on Saints again

Joey Galloway had his usual big day against the Saints on Sunday, though his touchdown streak against New Orleans came to an end. Plus, get an injury update and key notes from Tampa Bay's 27-23 victory on Sunday.

Joey Galloway continued his complete domination of the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, even without a healthy Jeff Garcia.

Galloway finished with 7 catches for 159 yards as the Bucs defeated the Saints, 27-23.

Entering the game, Galloway had scored nine touchdowns in his last six meetings with the Saints. He caught at least one touchdown pass in each of those games. That put him one game from tying the NFL record of seven straight games against a single team with at least one touchdown. That streak ended on Sunday.

Mel Gray of the St. Louis Cardinals (1974-78) and Isaac Curtis of Cincinnati (1973-76) each accomplished the feat.

Galloway needed one quarter to match his production against the Saints on Sept. 16, when he caught four passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Galloway had 4 catches for 135 yards in the first quarter, the big play being a 60-yard bomb from Luke McCown that set up the Bucs at the Saints 1 at the end of the first quarter.

He also caught a 42-yard slant early in the game that helped set up Matt Bryant's 28-yard field goal.

MCCOWN BEFORE SUNDAY: Bucs starting QB Luke McCown made his last NFL start on Dec. 26, 2004, for the Cleveland Browns against Miami. He went 9-of-16 passing for 161 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

McCown's career numbers entering Sunday's game were 48-of-98 passing, 608 yards, 4 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, a 48.9 completion percentage and a 52.6 quarterback rating. He also rushed six times for 25 yards.

His day on Sunday — 29 of-37 passing for 313 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception — was nearly half his career production.

MOVING UP FRONT: Entering Sunday's game, the Bucs averaged 4.1 yards per rush, the second-best total in franchise history.

On Sunday, led by Earnest Graham, the Bucs rushed for 172 yards on 26 carries. Graham rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown, his seventh of the season. The Bucs averaged 6.6 yards per carry.

BREES PILES UP THE YARDS: Saints QB Drew Brees surpassed 3,000 yards passing this season with his 6-yard completion to Billy Miller in the first quarter. Brees has thrown for 3,000 yards each of the last four seasons and now has five career 3,000-yard seasons.

Brees finished 17-of-23 for 179 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions.

FINALLY, ANTHONY: Anthony Becht's 1-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter was his first of the season.

HALFTIME STATS: The Bucs bucked two trends on Sunday. The victory marked their first this season when they trailed at halftime (14-13) and didn't own an advantage in turnovers (even).

BIG YARDAGE IN FIRST HALF: Tampa Bay gained 285 yards in the first half, the team's third-largest yardage output in a single half since 1991.

The Bucs finished with 466 net yards, well above their average of 312 yards, which was 19th in the NFL entering the game.

MORE GAINES: Rookie Gaines Adams sacked Brees in the third quarter, giving him 4.5 sacks for the season. That sack was only the ninth the Saints offensive line has allowed all season. Brees was sacked twice more in the game.

BACKFLIPPING WHITE: Before the game, FOX sports analyst Tim Ryan got 285-pound defensive end Greg White to do a standing backflip. FOX showed footage of the backflip during the broadcast and White executed it without incident.

WRAP IT UP: Ronde Barber sacked Brees in the fourth quarter, giving him the 21st sack of his career and his first since 2005.

INJURIES: Saints DE Charles Grant left the game in the third quarter with what appeared to be a re-aggravation of an ankle injury that forced him to miss two of the last three games. Grant did return. Saints CB Mike McKenzie left the game late, replaced by Jason Craft. For the Bucs, C John Wade left the game in the final two minutes. Matt Lehr replaced him.

INACTIVES: For Tampa Bay, QB Jeff Garcia, WR Michael Spurlock, RB Lionel Gates, LB Jeremiah Trotter, G Dan Buenning, TE Keith Heinrich, DE Greg Spires and DT Greg Peterson were inactive. For New Orleans, WR Robert Meachem, CB Fred Thomas, RB Pierre Thomas, LB Matt McCoy, G Andy Alleman, DT McKinley Boykin, T Jermon Bushrod, DE Josh Cooper. were inactive.

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