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.
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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