Tampa Bay Sports Day

LOOKING BACK: Bucs’ 19-4 Loss to Patriots on Thursday Night

TAMPA – New England escaped with a 19-14 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night at Raymond James Stadium.

“There are still a lot of things we need to work on,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “There are things we can do better, but I think our whole defense competed well.”

Tampa Bay scored their first touchdown of the game in the second quarter, after running back Doug Martin scored on a one-yard touchdown run, finishing off an 11-play, 68-yard drive that took up 5:12.

It is the first rushing touchdown of the season and the 24th career rushing touchdown for Martin. His 24 career rushing touchdowns tie Errict Rhett for the third-most in franchise history.

The Buccaneers scored their second touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter, with QB Jameis Winston throwing an 18-yard touchdown pass to TE Cameron Brate to cap a nine-play, 74-yard drive lasting 2:17.

Brate has now caught a touchdown in each of the past three games, matching a career best. He joins Jimmie Giles as the only tight ends in franchise history to do so multiple times. Since the start of the 2016 season, Brate has 11 touchdown receptions, the most in the NFL by a tight end during that span.

“Early on, we just couldn’t get into a rhythm,” Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said. “When we started playing helter-skelter, that’s when we started to move it. That’s the no-huddle theory. That’s when we seemed to move it. We needed to do it much earlier than we did.”

Winston finished the game with 334 passing yards, his third consecutive game with over 300 passing yards, a career best. Winston threw for 225 yards in the final quarter. 

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson caught five passes for 106 yards, his first 100-yard receiving game with the Bucs and the 33rd of his career.

Kendell Beckwith totaled 14 tackles in tonight’s game, the most by a Buccaneers rookie since 2012.

Pats’ QB Brady completed 30 of 40 passes for 303 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

GAME OF FIRSTS – On the game’s opening drive, Buccaneers safety Justin Evans recorded his first career interception, picking off Patriots QB Tom Brady, the first interception of the season for Brady. Clinton McDonald recorded his first sack of the season, dropping Brady for a seven-yard loss. McDonald now has 15.0 sacks in his career. Gerald McCoy recorded his first sack of the season in the second quarter, bringing down Brady for a three-yard loss. McCoy now has 43.5 career sacks. McCoy has 34.5 sacks since 2013, the most among defensive tackles. In the third quarter, Adarius Glanton recorded his first career sack, dropping Brady for a six-yard loss and forcing a fumble that was recovered by Will Clarke.
FOR THE OFFENSE: The Buccaneers totaled 409 yards of offense in tonight’s game, their second straight game with at least 400 yards of offense. It is the first time that Tampa Bay has registered consecutive games with at least 400 yards of offense since recording a franchise-record four straight in 2012. Tampa Bay has recorded consecutive games with 400 yards of offense and no turnovers for just the third time in franchise history.