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Mark Ingram has multi-touchdown game; Saints hand Buccaneers its seventh loss

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New Orleans (7-8) may be eliminated from postseason contention, but that’s not stopping the hunger from running back Mark Ingram. In a roller coaster year where he shared the load with Tim Hightower, Ingram found ways to rebound from tough performances week after week.

He returned to form Saturday in a divisional game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


The former Alabama standout and 2009 Heisman Trophy winner averaged five yards a carry on 18 attempts, aiding the Saints to 31-24 victory at home. Ingram collected 90 rushing yards, including two touchdowns from eight and 14 yards out. Both scores capped off his first multi-touchdown game of the season, and he celebrated by striking the famous Heisman pose twice. Tampa Bay’s (8-7) inability to limit Ingram and New Orleans’ rushing attack resulted in its seventh regular season loss, making its playoff hopes all but over.

As for Ingram, his outing on Saturday marks the sixth time he’s totaled over 60 yards rushing. The seven-year veteran is now 65 yards away from his first 1,000-yard rushing season as an NFL back (935 yards, five scores).

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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