Saints' resurgence starts with Taysom Hill's blocked punt (1 Viewer)

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Taysom Hill and the Saints find their groove in the second half to beat the Buccaneers 28-14 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Will Vragovic/Getty Images

By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

TAMPA, Fla. -- The New Orleans Saints were desperate for a spark -- and Taysom Hill delivered.

Their third-string quarterback/read-option specialist/WR/TE/RB/kickoff returner/special teams specialist came up with the first blocked punt of his career. And it couldn't have come at a better time.

The Saints were trailing 14-3 in the third quarter at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, staring their second straight loss in the face, when Hill's block finally woke them from their slumber.

They outscored Tampa Bay 25-0 after that to run away with a 28-14 victory -- and officially secure their second straight NFC South title for the first time in franchise history.

The Saints (11-2) got to enjoy a proper celebration in Tampa's visiting locker room. More importantly, they have rediscovered their momentum after a 13-10 loss at Dallas last week and continued a battle with the Los Angeles Rams for the NFC's No. 1 seed. ...

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