Sunday's Buccaneers were missing their top three wide receivers, top two left tackles, No. 1 centre, and key third-down back.
Their leading rusher was reportedly playing on one leg and their quarterback was frustrated.
The Saints were bad: Tom Brady's best throw was a tablet slam. He threw his helmet to the sideline turf.
From injuries to botched blocking assignments to red zone turnovers, it's a wonder the teams were knotted.
Football teams with championship DNA look forward, not backward, and when they could leave their offensive troubles behind, Brady showed why he's the greatest ever.
On third-and-5, he stood tall in the pocket and waited before throwing a 28-yard touchdown pass to Breshad Perriman. The score occurred one drive after a midfield scuffle
resulted in two ejections, including Pro Bowl WR Mike Evans. It gave the Bucs their first lead of the day and set them on their way to a 20-10 triumph over the Saints.
It was only one game on paper, but emotionally it was much more. The Bucs hadn't won in New Orleans since 2018 and have dropped seven straight regular-season games versus the Saints.