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Bucs Are 0-8 After Blowing 21-point Lead to Seahawks

8:21 PM, Nov 3, 2013   |    comments
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The blowout the "experts" were predicting out in Seattle didn't happen but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still fell to the heavily favored Seahawks, 27-24 in overtime. Marshawn Lynch scored on a __-yard touchdown run on Seattle's first possession of overtime to win it. It's the biggest come-from-behind win in franchise history for the Seahawks.

At the end of regulation, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw a touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin to tie the game 24-24 with 1:51 to go. The pass capped a ten play, 59 yard drive that brought Seattle all the way back from a 21-0 first quarter deficit.

Bucs defensive back Keith Tandy delayed the tie with his first career interception earlier in the fourth quarter. With the Bucs leading 24-17, Tandy tapped the ball to himself with one hand before corralling it on 1st-and-goal from the Seattle 3-yard line. It was the second interception for the Bucs inside the redzone.

The Bucs led 21-7 at halftime but could only manage a field goal in the third quarter. Wilson scored on his first touchdown run of the season to cut the Bucs lead to ten points.

The Bucs cracked the scoreboard first. A pass interference penalty set up Tampa Bay with good field position and quarterback Mike Glennon cashed in with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Tim Wright. It's the first time in Tampa Bay team history that a rookie quarterback-receiver combination has connected for two touchdowns in a season.

Later in the quarter, Glennon scrambled to buy himself some time before firing a strike to Tiquan Underwood for another score. The Bucs led 14-0. On the ensuing kickoff, Seattle fumbled and Tampa Bay recovered. That set up a third touchdown in the quarter - a jump pass from running back Mike James to Tom Crabtree. Tampa Bay took a shocking 21-0 lead on Crabtree's first touchdown catch of the season.

The 21-0 lead is the largest the Bucs have had since leading Kansas City 38-10 in Week 6 of 2012. The 21 points in the first half are already more points than the Bucs have scored in six of the seven previous full games all season. Seattle has never come back from a 21-point deficit.

Seattle did score before halftime on a 16-yard touchdown catch by Jermaine Kearse.

Mark Barron made the biggest play of the opening frame. With Seattle driving, Barron jumped in front of a Wilson pass for his second interception of the season. He's the first Bucs defender to pick up multiple interceptions this season. It's the seventh pick of the year for Tampa Bay on defense.

James continued to fill in well for the injured Doug Martin. He rushed for 158 yards on 28 carries. Glennon has thrown for 168 yards on 17-of-23 passing.

Tampa Bay was 7-of-8 on third down in the first half but just 1-of-7 in the second half and overtime. The Bucs (0-8) are still looking for their first win of the season. Seattle is 8-1 for the first time in team history.

No winless team with seven or more losses has ever beaten a team with seven or more wins in NFL history. The Bucs will host the Miami Dolphins next week on Monday Night Football.

 

 

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