The Bucs held off the Eagles late game rally with a 28-22 win over Philadelphia. After building a size-able lead, the Bucs let the Eagles score 15 unanswered points to get back in the game. The Bucs utilized the screen game to near perfection in this game and ran the ball well. However, it was another game full of penalties for Tampa Bay. The Bucs totaled 120 yards in infractions, the most penalty yards in a game this season.

Tom Brady continues to be Tom Brady, throwing for 297 yards on 34-42 and two touchdowns. Leonard Fournette was in the zone Thursday night. Trucking his way to 81 yards on the ground, 46 yards through the air and two rushing touchdowns. It’s his third straight game with over 100 yards from scrimmage. Antonio Brown led all receivers with nine grabs for 93 yards and a score. And O.J. Howard made the most of his opportunity, coming up with 6 receptions for 49 yards and a score. The Tampa Bay offensive line didn’t let up a sack on the night.

After receiving the opening kickoff, Brady and the Bucs wasted no time driving down the field. Big catches on the drive by the “big three” receivers led to an O.J. Howard touchdown and an early 7-0 lead. Three flags on the defense, totaling 55 yards, helped Philadelphia down the field. Hurts found a wide open Zach Ertz for the five-yard score, tying the game up at seven.

Bucs answered quickly, marching down the field with a heavy dose of Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones. Brady located Brown, who broke free and scored on a 23-yard pass for the lead. The two teams traded punts over their next three possessions.

After a punt by Tampa Bay, Jamel Dean made a diving interception deep down the field to give Brady and the offense the ball back. Taking full advantage of the turnover, the Bucs scored on a 2-yard Leonard Fournette touchdown run to give them a 14-point lead just before the half. An interception by Brady, sandwiched by a pair of Eagles punts, saw the Bucs kneel out the half.

Forcing Philadelphia to punt after the half, Brady led the Bucs on a nearly 7-minute drive, capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by Fournette. On Philadelphia’s next possession, a huge 50-yard pass interference call against the Bucs set the Eagles up with great field position. Hurts finished the drive himself with a 6-yard touchdown run on fourth down. A three-and-out by the Bucs saw the Eagles drive down the field, but they missed a field goal from 46 yards out.

A turnover on downs gave the ball back back to the Eagles, and Hurts would again make the Bucs pay. A 2-yard touchdown and 2-point conversion cut the Bucs lead to 28-22. But Brady put the game on ice during the ensuing drive. Marching down to the Philadelphia 6-yard line, the Bucs finished the game in victory formation for a 28-22 win.

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About the Author: J.C. Allen

J.C. Allen is one of PewterReport.com’s newest beat writers. As a New England transplant, he has closely followed Tom Brady’s entire career and first fell in love with the game during the Patriots 1996 Super Bowl run. J.C. is in his second year covering the team after spending a year with Bucs Report as a writer, producer and show host. Some of his other interests include barbecuing, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite Buccaneer of all time is Simeon Rice and believes he deserves a spot in Canton. Follow J.C. Allen on Twitter @JCAllenNFL.
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bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
3 months ago

A win is a win! I’ll take it! With the injuries we have, they’re not all going to be pretty. Bucs 5-1!

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
3 months ago

After Richard Sherman went out that was five starters out for the D with JPP doing his best impression of the one armed man. Holding them to 22 points was a superme effort. You could tell the Bucs were employing the mush rush to keep Hurts in the pocket where he is the least effective.
Thanks for the bonehead penalty on the final drive Eagles. That looked like something we used to specialize in.

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
3 months ago

Bucs dominated in every phase except the score due to two huge PI penalties and a questionable choice of options on the 4th down pass attempt to a well-covered O.J.. But alas, we can all nibble on the ‘W’ while we enjoy the rest of the games this weekend.

Philly cheese steak from Delco’s was a treat as usual. I showed great will power by not coming home with a bagful of Tastycakes.

MWD
MWD(@mikewestdominguez)
Reply to  scubog
3 months ago

Yeah scubog- you figure with as good as we were running the ball last night, on 3rd or 4th and short, Lenny would have gotten you that but a deep corner route to OJ had me scratching my head.

fredster
fredster(@fredster)
Reply to  MWD
3 months ago

Yes , that was stupid imo. Too low percent. They still do that crap on 3rd and two or 4th and 2 a lot. I mentioned it last week as well similar situation 3rd and 2 and they don’t just move chains with a run or short pass. One day that will bite us against better team. It’s just too aggressive and it never seems to work for them. Other than that play calling was solid.

Last edited 3 months ago by fredster
MWD
MWD(@mikewestdominguez)
3 months ago

We have got to clean up our penalties- 2 of their scoring drives were freebies from PIs. I think they said we have the most penalty yards in a single game this season so far. Lenny is looking better and better, OJ looked good, I thought other than the early PI, Dean played better. Cockrell was in position to make big plays last night but can’t catch an interception to save his life. We can’t let teams back into games like this- this was a game that should have been another 40 plus scoring game for us. In any case,… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by MWD
Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
3 months ago

We had this game all the way. We could have scored a TD at the end and we basically killed the clock the whole second half. Their DTs were barely noticed and not scary as predicted and we were terrorizing Hurts like he was Mahomes the entire game. Our penalties gave them their scores and operating with backup CBs all over the field I think they did a great job other than the Pass INT penalties. I’d say we’re hanging on pretty well trying to get to our Bye Week!

Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  Spitfire
3 months ago

Not sure Gronk will be back yet. That’s a lot of ribs to heal.

fredster
fredster(@fredster)
3 months ago

I see how eagles came back on Panthers last week. They aren’t great team overall but they don’t quit either. Bucs took foot off gas a bit and they tried come back. Wasn’t as close as score indicated though since we could made easy chip shot FG or TD if eagles had time left… I guessed 31-20 in the prediction thread. If we kick chip shot would been 31-22 so not too far off. On to the Bears we should beat up on them in Tampa for sure. Gronk and Winfield back will be nice.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
3 months ago

The way we won wasn’t a surprise, considering all the DB injuries. Howard was a pleasant surprise. Lenny played good and the OL was good too. I’ll take that kind of win anytime when you lose your mojo; luckily we found it again on our last series. Go Bucs! Keep the Repeat alive.

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
3 months ago

Why not just get the six points at end of game? I don’t understand. The game was close. Score the TD and just shut the door for sure. This hole respect thing and don’t run up the score. I don’t like it. Score the seven and it a two score deficit. Players get paid by their stats. You don’t think Evans or Godwin or even Playoff Lenny could have used another TD on their stats? I don’t remember this happening back in the day to the extent it is now. Instead of just imposing our will and winning the game… Read more »