Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Green Bay Packers: Live Score, Video and Analysis
Final score: Packers 35, Bucs 26
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Offensively and defensively it was a sloppy game for the Green Bay Packers. There were too many missed tackles and dropped balls for comfort.
Once again, the team managed to overcome their defensive inefficiencies through turnovers at key times. This was fortunate, as the offense wasn't quite its high-octane self. Aaron Rodgers posted his second-lowest quarterback rating of the year (112.3)--certainly not bad, but well below his season average.
The Buccaneers showed some flashes of the team that had come out to play before their four-game losing streak. They played hard and found some great success both through the air and on the ground. Their defense did a pretty good job against Rodgers.
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The Packers stopped the Buccaneers on fourth down and 15 yards with just 35 seconds left in the game to ensure a victory in the game.
The Packers will move to 10-0 for the first time in over fifty years.
Freeman is sacked in the middle of the field, losing five yards and a ton of precious time off the clock.
Mason Crosby misses his first field goal of the year, leaving the game within the grasp of the Buccaneers. They need two scores in just over 90 seconds, but it's not an impossible task.
Tampa Bay takes their second timeout as the Packers trundle forward to third down.
If the Packers find the end zone here, they may have effectively iced the game. If they cannot score the touchdown, it remains a two-score game for the Buccaneers--a tall order, but not impossible.
On a drive that is imperative to a comeback effort, Josh Freeman is picked off for a second time by Tramon Williams. The ball is returned deep into Tampa territory.
Through sloppy tackling on the part of the Packers, the Buccaneers' return man Stroughter makes it back to the 30-yard line.
On the following play from scrimmage, as Starks limps off the field, Rodgers finds his new favorite target Jordy Nelson for a 40-yard touchdown pass.
James Starks carries the ball on second down. With his left knee down he loses the football, and is twisted out of the way by the Tampa defense as players scramble to recover the possible fumble.
Tampa Bay tries another onside kick, which is recovered by the Packers.
While the first kick was understandable and even commendable, this seems like a terrible coaching decision.
A long bomb down the field brings the Bucs into the red zone, setting up a touchdown throw to Dezmon Briscoe.
Once again the Buccaneers are within a single score of the Packers.
In desperate need of a defensive stand, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers come up with a huge play. Aaron Rodgers is picked off at midfield.
Randall Cobb nearly takes another punt return all the way back. His return is brought down a bit by an illegal block in the back penalty, but since it happened towards the end of the return the ten-yard penalty will keep them on the Buccaneers side of the field.
Was LeGarrett Blount a track star in a former life? He's making a habit of jumping over defenders like they're hurdles.
The Buccaneers are down by two scores, but they've got the ball back with decent field position for their next drive. There's still plenty of time left on the clock, but the Bucs need another drive just like their last one.
On the next play, John Kuhn runs the ball into the end zone to put the Packers back up by nine points. This was exactly the drive that the Packers needed.
There was no excuse for that much contact in the end zone by Biggers!
It appears that Green Bay has also rediscovered their running game on this drive through James Starks.
The Packers, who had sputtered on offense, have taken advantage of what has become a pair of Tampa Bay penalties to get their heads on straight and begin what looks like it could be a march down the field.
Tampa Bay gives the Packers a gift, drawing a holding penalty to give Green Bay a free first down when they had gone three-and-out.
The Packers will get the ball back with plenty of time on the clock, but in their past several drives they have managed to do almost nothing.
Right now it's looking more and more like we're about to witness a repeat of the embarrassing performance two years ago, with Tampa scoring enough unanswered points late in the game to pull out a victory.
Can the Packers overcome their poor showing so far this half? Or will the Bucs defense continue to step up big?
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