It may be twenty-two degrees outside, but it didn't take the Bucs' defense long to turn up the heat on the Lions offense. After forcing a three and out on Detroit's opening drive, LaVonte David picked off Matthew Stafford on the Lions second possession of the game.
The turnover allowed the Bucs' offense to move the ball 47 yards down the field for a Rian Lindell 38-yard field goal. Mike Glennon went 5 for 5 passing on the drive that led to a 3-0 lead for the Buccaneers.
In the second quarter the Lions offense picked up steam, as Stafford hit Nate Burleson on a 6-yard touchdown pass, giving Detroit a 10-3 advantage.
On the Bucs very next offensive possession, Glennon aired it out for a 47-yard completion to Vincent Jackson. The deep pass led to a Tiquan Underwood touchdown reception. Underwood's second score of the year gave Tampa Bay a 10-7 edge.
Yet Detroit would answer on their next touch of the ball. Working in the red zone, Stafford put up a pass in the corner in of end zone hauled in by Josephy Fauria. The catch, in which Fauria barely kept his feet inbounds gave the Lions a 14-10 lead.
The Bucs' offense was unable to match the Lions latest scoring drive. But the Tampa Bay defense did, as Largo High product Leonard Johnson jumped the coverage and intercepted Stafford for 48-yard touchdown return. The score was Johnson's second career pick-six handing the Buccaneers a 17-14 lead heading in to half time.
It was announced in the third quarter Bucs' cornerback Darrelle Revis would be sidlined with an injury to the lower body. Whether it wasa knee or groin injury is still unknown.
In the third frame, the Lions recaptured the lead when Stafford hit Brandon Pettigrew for the go-ahead score making it 21-17.
Detroit would get the ball back after a Bucs three and out. Stafford led the Lions in to the red zone again when he sent his third interception of the game in to the hands of Keith Tandy.
In the fourth and final quarter, the Bucs offense finally got something going in the second half, when Glennon hit Tiquan Underwood with an 85-yard bomb. Underwood's second touchdown of the game put Tampa Bay on top 24-21.
The Bucs' offensewould thendrop off again, unable to capatilize on a blocked punt by Danny Goerrer on the Lions 11-yard line. Rian Lindell would follow with futilty missingthe first of two field goal opportunties in the final frame.
With just under two minutes to play the Lions were heading for the end zone when Calvin Johnson caught a ball on the Bucs' two yard line but was stripped and Jonthan Banks intercepted the pass.
Tampa Bay retook the fieldand finished off the game in victory formation as the Buccaneers won their third game in a row 24-21.