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Saints 35, Buccaneers 28

Saints hang on to beat Buccaneers

Brees tosses 4 TDs; Freeman impresses

TAMPA — A chipper Jonathan Vilma gave New Orleans’s struggling defense an emotional lift, while Drew Brees did the rest for the suddenly resurgent Saints.

Vilma played Sunday for the first time while appealing a seasonlong suspension for his role in the Saints’ bounty program, finishing with one quarterback hit but no tackles in a 35-28 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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