With Tampa Bay's offense mired in mediocrity throughout the first three quarters of its 15-10 loss at San Francisco, the Bucs were desperate for a big play - something to ignite the team. Chris Simms' 5-yard pass to wide receiver Joey Galloway did just that. It wasn't the fact that the pass traveled only three yards that was amazing. It was Galloway's nifty footwork when he turned on the afterburners over the next 76 yards that temporarily fired up the Buccaneers and gave them hope that they could come back to beat the 49ers. And it was that 78-yard touchdown that earned Galloway the PewterReport.com Pewter Player of the Game honors.
Galloway got a clean jump off the line of scrimmage, turned and caught Simms' pass, darted past cornerback Bruce Thornton and motored down the right sidelines past safety Mike Adams for the Bucs' only touchdown of the game with 10:33 left in regulation. Galloway's touchdown was aided by fellow receiver Michael Clayton, who threw a nice block down field on cornerback Shawntae Spencer to ensure that he would score. That touchdown made the score 12-10 with San Francisco still in the lead.
Galloway finished the day with eight receptions for 149 yards, and also made his 500th career catch today. Galloway now has two 100-yard receiving games in 2005, but has had four games with at least 96 receiving yards this year. He leads the Bucs with 39 grabs for 648 yards (16.6 avg.) and now has five touchdowns through seven games this season.
With numbers like that throughout the first half of the season, Galloway should be garnering Pro Bowl consideration as he is on pace to record 89 catches for 1,481 yards and 11 touchdowns.
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