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Week 13: Tampa Bay @ Denver

Discussion in 'Game Summaries' started by BirdDog1980, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. BirdDog1980

    BirdDog1980 Walk On

    Mar 27, 2012
    Tampa Bay - 45

    Denver - 42

    Bucs Win Wild One on a Last Second FG & Keep Playoff Hopes Alive
    Tampa Bay erased a 13 pt 1st qtr deficit to come from behind and get a last second FG to steal a win at Mile High.​
    Denver jumped out to a 10-0 lead, on the running attack of rookie Ronnie Hillman and veteran Willis McGahee. Josh Freeman would be intercepted by Jim Leonard on the insuing drive, on a quick pass intended to Dallas Clark in the seam. Tampa's defense would make a huge goalline stand to force Denver to kick a FG and keep it a 2 possession game at 13-0. A couple of plays later, Freeman hit Dallas Clark deep all alone on a playaction pass, and he would rumble 58 yds for a TD to get the Bucs on the board and make a game out of it.​
    Tampa would then force Denver to punt, and Freeman went back to work and eventually find Mike Williams over the middle for the TD and surprizingly give Tampa the lead, towards the end of the 1st half. Williams would have an outstanding game... 5 catches, 115 yds, 3TDs.​
    With time running out in the half, Denver would take a chance to regain the lead. With 40 seconds to go in the half, Quincy Black would intercept Manning and return it 30 yds for a Pick 6. Tampa scored 21 unanswered points in the 2nd and would take a 21-13 lead into the locker room.​
    In the 2nd half, Denver would come right back, thanks to a nice balanced attack on the ground, and through the air. Hillman would run for 84yds on 14 carries, and McGahee went for 6 carries for 45 yds and 1 TD.​
    The 2nd half would go back and forth all the way to the end. Denver had a 7 point lead early the 4th, and Tampa had the ball, trying to tie the game. But a bad throw on a WR Screen pass to Williams was behind the line and ruled a fumble. Denver would jump on it and recover it and had a chance to wrap up the game, half way through the 4th. But Tampa's defense would come up huge, and intercept Manning in the endzone to keep the Buc's playoff hopes alive. Freeman would later find Williams over the middle for his 3rd TD reception of the game and tie it up.​
    On the following drive, with under 4 min to go, it appeared that Manning would lead Denver into scoring position. But the drive would stall at midfield, and the Broncos would be forced to punt. A few plays later, Freeman would find Vincent Jackson open down the sideline for a big gain, down to the 15 yardline. 2 plays later, Freeman connected with Jackson again for the go ahead TD with 2:30 to go.​
    But with 2:30 to go and 2 timeouts, there was more than enough time for the legendary Peyton Manning. He would lead the Broncos right down the field. With 1:20 to go, Manning caught Tampa in an overload blitz and hit his 'Ol' Reliable' WR from their days in Indy, Brandon Stokley for the game tying TD... but did they score too early?​
    1:20 to go in the game and all 3 timeouts.. game tied 42-42. Denver came out and played some stout defense, and it appeared that the game was heading into overtime. Freeman would connect on 2 key 3rd and long plays.. the 2nd one, to Dallas Clark for a big play that would get the Bucs into FG range with 30 seconds to go. Tampa would run the clock down to 4 seconds and call on David Buehler for a 36 yard FG for the game winner. Tampa now moves to 7-5 on the season and 1 win away from reaching their season goal of 8. But besides that, Tampa also keeps their playoff hopes alive in a wild, tight NFC race as we head into December football.​
    This was a fun game to play. Could've gone either way. There were a LOT of key drops for both teams... some of Denvers drops wouldve gone for huge plays. GG nellycuz
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2012
  2. nellycuz

    nellycuz I'm an educated fool w/ $$ on my mind.

    Jul 24, 2012

    yea great game man...was a battle and could've been anyones game. There were a ton of drops both on offense and defense. I think you had more drops than I, however some of the drops I had could have gone for scores, and yours as well. Denver didn't win the turnover battle and that's what does us in every time.

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