BRYANT MISSES KEY KICK Tampa Bay kicker Matt Bryant had drilled 14-of-16 field goal attempts heading into Sunday’s game vs. Chicago. Despite pulling a hamstring on the opening kickoff, Bryant put the Bucs’ first points on the scoreboard by making a 27-yarder. However, with 2:47 remaining in the game and the Bucs down by three points, Bryant missed a 29-yard field goal wide right, which essentially secured the win for the Bears. Bryant is now 15-of-18 (83.3 percent) on the season.
KELLY MAKES HISTORY With his interception of Bears quarterback Kyle Orton at the two-minute warning mark in the first half, Bucs cornerback Brian Kelly became the seventh player in team history to notch 20 career interceptions. Kelly intercepted Orton’s deep pass down the right sideline at the 6-yard line to help stall a drive that was moving deep into Tampa Bay territory. Three of the seven players (CB Ronde Barber, LB Derrick Brooks and Kelly) are in the current Buccaneers starting defensive lineup. Kelly leads the team in interceptions with four this season.
GALLOWAY REACHES 1,000-YARD MARK Prior to Sunday’s game, Bucs wide receiver Joey Galloway needed just 138 yards to achieve his fourth 1,000-yard season. Galloway snagged a game-leading seven receptions for exactly 138 yards en route to Tampa Bay’s 13-10 loss to Chicago. Galloway hadn’t topped 1,000 yards since his playing days with the Seattle Seahawks. Galloway has 15 receptions of 20 or more yards this season and has hauled in a team-leading 58 catches for 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns through 11 games.
ANOTHER SERVING OF RICE Bucs defensive end Simeon Rice continued his second half domination on Sunday by recording one sack and a forced fumble in his team’s 13-10 loss. For the third consecutive game, Rice recorded a takedown on the quarterback. In six of the last seven games, Rice has recorded a sack. He’s also notched a sack in eight of the 11 games this season. Rice is on pace to break the record for forced fumbles in a single season as a Buccaneer. He has six forced fumbles on the season, and he needs just one more to tie the current record held by LB Broderick Thomas and DE Wally Chambers.
BUC SHOTS Former Super Bowl MVP Dexter Jackson made his return to the field against the Bears Sunday after missing the last four games with a hamstring injury. … The Bears did not commit their first penalty until 13:02 in the third quarter. … Bucs nickel cornerback Juran Bolden left the game at the 8:29 in the second quarter after being shaken up on a tackle. He returned in the third quarter. … The Bears justified their No. 1 defensive ranking by sacking QB Chris Simms four times and batting down five of his passes. … Simms completed 19-of-30 passes for 202 yards, but failed to throw a touchdown in the loss. … The Bucs defense and special teams forced three fumbles in the first half but failed to gain possession on all three occasions. … The Bucs defense held the Bears passing attack in check, allowing just 134 yards through the air. Bears QB Kyle Orton’s shortest pass of the day proved to be the most significant, a 1-yard touchdown pass to TE John Gilmore after a fumble by Simms in the first quarter.
BUCS INACTIVES The following Tampa Bay players were inactive for Sunday’s game vs. Chicago: QB Tim Rattay, S Will Allen, LB Wesley Mallard, T Chris Colmer, DT Anthony Bryant, C Scott Jackson, TE Nate Lawrie, WR J.R. Russell
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