Buccaneers vs. Seattle Seahawks
Tampa Bay 20-10 over Seattle
The night the Bucs took second stage in the Bay Area. While this pretty comfortable victory over Seattle was being played out on national TV, the Tampa Bay Rays were clinching Game 7 of their ALCS against the Boston Red Sox and were on their way to the World Series.
Indeed the loudest cheer of the night came when the Rays stopped a Boston threat in the 7th inning and the scoreboard posted the update for the Buccaneer faithful. “We were the minor league game tonight in the Tampa Bay area,” said QB Jeff Garcia, who completed 27 of 36 passes for 315 yards and a touchdown in his second start since coming off a four-game benching.
Garcia’s soaring 47-yard bomb down the left sideline to WR Antonio Bryant opened the scoring and once RB Earnest Graham had doubled the lead with 6:32 left in the first quarter, the result was never in doubt.
Half-time saw the official retirement ceremony for one of the Bucs’ best as FB Mike Alstott was honored in a tribute that included Buc radio commentator Gene Deckerhoff’s famous “Alstott up the gut” call.
Rushing: Graham 23-52, Dunn 13-37, Garcia 2-8.
Passing: Garcia 36-27-310-0-1.
Receiving: Bryant 6-115, Stevens 4-55, Dunn 4-21, Clayton 3-30, Smith 2-25, Gilmore 2-20, Cook 2-15, Graham 2-13, Clark 1-12, Hilliard 1-4.
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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya’ll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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