WHAT HAPPENED IN TAMPA BAY’S 27-24 OVERTIME LOSS AT SEATTLENobody gave Tampa Bay a shot of winning in Seattle. The only believers in the Buccaneers on Sunday as they faced the formidable Seahawks were the team’s players and coaches.
Remember, Seattle was supposed to win, and it did, 27-24 in overtime. The team came into the game with a 7-1 record, and are heading towards the Super Bowl behind dynamic quarterback Russell Wilson, who had three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) to lead the Seahawks back from a 21-0 deficit in the second quarter.
Remember, Tampa Bay was supposed to lose, and it did. The team came into the game heading towards the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft playing behind a rookie quarterback in Mike Glennon, a rookie running back in Mike James and a rookie tight end in Tim Wright. All three played well, especially in the first half, but the offense stalled in the second half, scoring just a field goal on the opening drive.
“It certainly hurts,” Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said. “Guys put forth a great effort – coaches and players. But at the end of the day, it’s about having more points than they do.”
Sunday’s effort in Seattle is the clear indication yet that the Buccaneers are still playing hard and that Schiano has not lost the locker room – despite the being winless during the 2013 season. Tampa Bay played hard right from the start.
Glennon began the game completing 10 of his first 11 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns to help the Buccaneers build a 21-0 lead in the second quarter before Seattle added a touchdown just before halftime. Glennon finished the game by completing 17-of-23 passes for 168 yards, but only 44 of those yards came in the second half.
The stellar play by Tampa Bay’s defense, which limited Russell Wilson to just 28 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the first half, and the physical running of James, who had 82 yards on 17 carries and also threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Tom Crabtree, gave the team hope of pulling off the upset. James finished the game with 158 yards rushing on 28 carries (5.6 avg.), while Wright led the team with four catches for 58 yards and a touchdown.
But Seattle has won 12 straight games at home for a reason, and Wilson responded in the second half with a touchdown pass, a touchdown run and a field goal drive to rally the Seahawks and force overtime. Wilson finished the game completing 19-of-26 passes for 217 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions to safeties Keith Tandy and Mark Barron, who, along with linebacker Lavonte David, led the Bucs with 11 tackles. Wilson also scrambled to avoid being sacked, rushing for 36 yards and a touchdown on six carries.
“We had opportunities to contain the quarterback and we didn’t,” Schiano said. “We have to get that down. That’s something that we have to get – a couple of key plays and he’s a guy that can expose you. Russell Wilson is as good of a mobile guy as there is in this league and we had him a couple of times and we let him out. I say let him out, he had a lot to do with it. We have to make sure we do everything we can do perfectly. Then if he still whips us, then he does.”
Glennon, who played with Wilson at North Carolina State, admired the way the Seahawks star brought his team back in the second half.
“He played really well,” Glennon said. “He’s a big-time player. He makes that offense go. The few mistakes he made he bounced back and that shows you the kind of player he is.”
The Bucs were aggressive, attempting a surprise onside kick in the second quarter and recovering it. But that play was negated when Michael Adams, the Buccaneer who recovered the ball, was flagged for being offsides.
“You’re on the road in a tough environment and you’re trying to take advantage of some opportunities,” Schiano said. “I guess they called Mike Adams for being offsides. I didn’t see it, but I’m anxious to look at [the game film].”
A 71-yard punt return by Seattle’s Golden Tate down to the Tampa Bay 25-yard line set up a field goal and helped key a 10-point fourth quarter that allowed the Seahawks to tie the game at 24-24. After the Bucs won the coin toss and went three-and-out in overtime, running back Marshawn Lynch took over, rushing for 41 of his 125 yards and helping setting up the game-winning field goal.
HOW DID THE TEAMS SCORE? – BUCS vs. SEAHAWKS SCORING SERIESSecond Quarter – Buccaneers 7, Seahawks 0Tampa Bay drove 90 yards in 10 plays, highlighted by a 14-yard catch by tight end Tim Wright, a 21-yard run by running back Mike James and a 22-yard pass interference on safety Earl Thomas. James picked up 10 yards on two carries before Glennon found Wright in the back of the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown to give Tampa Bay a 7-0 lead.
Second Quarter – Buccaneers 14, Seahawks 0James ran for 26 yards on five carries, while Glennon was 5-of-5 for 57 yards. Glennon hit fullback Erik Lorig with two passes for nine yards, and hit Brian Leonard with a 19-yard pass on third-and-4 at the Seattle 39 for a first down down to the Seahawks’ 20. On first down, Glennon hit Tiquan Underwood with a 20-yard touchdown to give Tampa Bay a 14-0 lead.
Second Quarter – Buccaneers 21, Seahawks 0Kicker Michael Koenen recovered fumble on the opening kickoff at the Seattle 31. An unnecessary roughness penalty on Earl Thomas tacked on two yards to a 27-yard catch by Wright and set Tampa Bay up with a first down at the Seattle 2. On first down, James threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Tom Crabtree to give Tampa Bay a 21-0 lead in the second quarter.
Second Quarter – Buccaneers 21, Seahawks 7Russell Wilson scrambled for a 16-yard run and a 15-yard personal foul was called on defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. On the next play, cornerback Michael Adams was flagged for a 29-yard pass interference penalty. That set up a 16-yard touchdown catch by wide receiver Jermaine Kearse.
Third Quarter – Buccaneers 24, Seahawks 7Glennon hit Leonard for a 13-yard gain on third-and-4 to pick up a first down. Skye Dawson had a 14-yard gain on an end around, followed by an 18-yard run up the middle by James down to the Seahawks 17. But the drive stalled at the Seattle 15 and Tampa Bay had to settle for a 33-yard field goal by Rian Lindell to increase the Bucs’ lead to 24-7 in the third quarter.
Third Quarter – Buccaneers 24, Seahawks 14Wilson completed a 17-yard pass to tight end Zach Miller. Running backs Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin picked up 13 and 12 yards, respectively and Golden Tate added a 19-yard catch to get the Seahawks into Bucs territory. After a 19-yard pass to Doug Baldwin, Wilson scrambled for a 10-yard touchdown to cut the Bucs’ lead to 24-14.
Fourth Quarter – Buccaneers 24, Seahawks 17Tate had a 71-yard punt return down to the Tampa Bay 25 set the Seahawks up in field goal range, but the Bucs defense held them without a touchdown after a three-and-out. Steven Hauschka’s 36-yard field goal cut the Seahawks’ deficit to a touchdown.
Fourth Quarter – Buccaneers 24, Seahawks 24Lynch carried the ball five times for 15 yards, but converted two third downs in the process. Wilson hit Miller with a 22-yard gain down to the Tampa Bay 26 and then hit Tate for an 8-yard gain. On third-and-5 from the Tampa Bay 10, Wilson hit Baldwin for a touchdown to tie the game at 24-24.
Overtime – Seahawks 27, Buccaneers 24After the Bucs went three-and-out and had to punt in overtime, Seattle marched 51 yards into field goal range. Lynch ran for 44 yards and Wilson completed a 10-yard pass to Baldwin on second-and-7 to drive the ball into Tampa Bay territory. On second-and-9 from the Tampa Bay 9, Hauschka’s 27-yard field goal was good.
WHAT WAS NOTABLE ABOUT SUNDAY’S GAME FOR THE BUCS?Tampa Bay left tackle started his 100th consecutive game on Sunday. … Bucs strong safety Mark Barron recorded his second interception of the season in the first quarter, which leads the team. Barron recorded 11 tackles at Seattle, which was tied for the team lead with linebacker Lavonte David. … Tampa Bay free safety Keith Tandy got the second start of his career and recorded his first career interception in the fourth quarter. … Bucs running back Mike James rushed for a career-high 158 yards on 28 carries (5.6 avg.), which is tied for the 10th-most rushing yards in a single game in franchise history. James also threw a 2-yard touchdown pass, which was his first in the NFL, to tight end Tom Crabtree, which was his first as a Buccaneer. … Bucs wide receiver Russell Shepard forced his first fumble on a kickoff, which was recovered by kicker Michael Koenen. … Long snapper Andrew Economos played in his 100th game. … Bucs wide receiver Skye Dawson had his first carry, a 14-yard end around. … Tampa Bay cornerback Danny Gorrer played in his first regular season game this season.
WHICH BUCCANEERS WERE INACTIVE?The following Bucs were inactive against the Seahawks: FS Dashon Goldson, RB Jeff Demps, RB Doug Martin, G Patrick Omameh, G Carl Nicks, CB Deveron Carr and WR Chris Owusu.
The following Seahawks were inactive against the Bucs: QB B.J. Daniels, SS Jeron Johnson, RB Christine Michael, FB Derrick Coleman, OT Breno Giancomini, OT Caylin Hauptmann and DE Benson Mayowa.
WHICH BUCS GOT HURT?• Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy injured his left ankle in overtime and did not return. He was replaced by Gary Gibson.
WHAT WILL UPSET GREG SCHIANO WHEN HE WATCHES THE FILM?• Bucs linebacker Jonathan Casillas hit Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson high in the first quarter and drew a 15-yard personal foul penalty. That’s the type of penalties that have stymied the Bucs all season.
• The Bucs missed five tackles on Golden Tate’s 71-yard punt return, which set up a key field goal during Seattle’s 10-point fourth quarter.
• The Buccaneers converted 7-of-8 (88 percent) third downs in the first half, but only 1-of-7 (14.2 percent) in the second half to finish 8-of-15 (53 percent) for the game.
• Tampa Bay’s third down defense was abysmal, allowing Seattle to convert 8-of-12 opportunities (67 percent) en route to gaining 415 yards. The Bucs held the Seahawks to just one third down conversion out of four attempts in the first half, but allowed 7-of-8 (88 percent) third down conversions in the second half and overtime. Seattle produced just 125 yards in the first half, but exploded for 290 yards in the second half and overtime.
WHAT’S UP NEXT FOR THE BUCS?Tampa Bay (0-8) travels home to play the Miami Dolphins (4-4) on Monday Night Football. Kickoff is set for 8:40 p.m. ET and the game will be televised locally.
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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