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Week 9 Game Recap: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30, Kansas City Chiefs 27

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay looked completely out of sync in the first half. They gave up 24 first half points defensively, including a 37 yard touchdown pass on an end around to QB Tyler Thigpen, and offensively looked like a complete mess. However, a 97 yard kickoff return by Clifton Smith sparked the Buccaneers and they added a field goal before half to cut the lead to 24-13.

The second half was a different story on both sides of the ball. Tampa Bay shut down the Chiefs offense and came through in the fourth quarter with two scores. The first came on a trick play of their own as RB Earnest Graham took a handoff and threw a short, three yard touchdown pass to TE Alex Smith. QB Jeff Garcia connected with WR Antonio Bryant from 24 yards out to cut the lead to two points, and then hooked up with TE Alex Smith on the conversion attempt to tie the game and send it into overtime. In the extra session, Matt Bryant connected from 34 yards out after a strange sequence of plays to win the game. Bryant had attempted a field goal on third down that was wide right, but the play was blown dead for a false start on Tampa Bay. They marked off the five yards and the Tampa Bay offense came back on the field. QB Jeff Garcia hooked up with FB Jameel Cook for a short gain to get in closer range for Bryant, who knocked it in for the win.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs came out and scored on their opening drive, capping a 12 play, 69 yard drive with a seven yard scoring pass from Thigpen to Bowe. The Kansas City defense came through on the ensuing Tampa Bay possession recovering an Earnest Graham fumble and turning it into a one yard Kolby Smith rushing score.

Kansas City scored on a trick play in the second quarter on an end around passing touchdown from WR Mark Bradley to QB Tyler Thigpen and added a field goal to take a 24-3 lead. However, they allowed 10 points in the final two minutes as the Buccaneers cut the lead to 24-13 at halftime.

The Chiefs were shut down in the second half where they were only able to register one field goal, and the Tampa Bay offense came to life with two fourth quarter scores, a successful two point conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter, and a field goal on the opening drive of overtime.


What you ought to know

QB Jeff Garcia, Pass: 31 - 43 - 339 - 1 TD / 1 INT

Garcia had a lackluster first half with 110 yards passing and one interception, but he turned it around in the second half to finish 31 of 43 for 339 yards and one touchdown. Garcia hooked up with WR Antonio Bryant with little time left in the fourth quarter to cut the Kansas City lead to two, then connected with TE Alex Smith on a successful two point conversion attempt to tie the game and send it into overtime. In the extra session, Garcia made plays when he needed to and took what was there on his way to leading the Buccaneers on the game winning drive.

RB Earnest Graham, Pass: 1 - 1 - 3 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 19 - 62 - 0, Rec: 5 - 29 - 0 (7 targets)

Graham led the Buccaneers with 19 rushes for 62 yards on the ground and added another five receptions for 29 yards in the passing game. He also lost two fumbles that cost Tampa Bay and was not on the field much in the overtime. Graham did throw a three yard touchdown pass on a trick play where he connected with TE Alex Smith.

RB Warrick Dunn

Dunn was inactive for the game due to injury.

WR Antonio Bryant, Rec: 8 - 115 - 1 (10 targets)

Bryant was the most targeted Buccaneer with ten looks for the game, and he finished with a productive eight catches for 115 yards and a 24 yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter. Bryant was targeted twice on third downs and five of his receptions resulted in first downs.

WR Ike Hilliard, Rec: 6 - 55 - 0 (8 targets)

Hilliard received eight targets and caught six passes for 55 yards. He had three catches for first downs, was targeted three times on third downs and on one two point conversion attempt that was unsuccessful.

WR Michael Clayton, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0, Rec: 4 - 57 - 0 (5 targets)

Michael Clayton finished with four receptions for 57 yards on five targets and had three first down receptions that included a big 29 yard catch and run in overtime to help Tampa Bay get into field goal range. On the play, Clayton made a number of Kansas City defenders miss and looked like he did as a rookie.

WR Joey Galloway, Rec: 1 - 22 - 0 (3 targets)

Galloway was on and off the field throughout the game and was targeted three times. He caught one pass for 22 yards and was thrown to downfield on a few occasions. He still seemed to be limping noticeably and does not seem to be 100 percent.

TE John Gilmore, Rec: 4 - 40 - 0 (5 targets)

Gilmore was targeted five times and came down with four receptions for 40 yards on five targets. Three of his receptions resulted in first downs.

TE Alex Smith, Rec: 2 - 12 - 1 (3 targets)

Smith was targeted three times and caught two passes for 12 yards that included a three yard touchdown reception and a successful two point conversion catch that sent the game into overtime. Smith was injured on the two point reception on what seemed to be a knee injury, but was standing on the sideline for the remainder of the game.

PK Matt Bryant 3 - 3 FG, 1 - 1 XP, 10 points

Bryant made good from 25, 43 and 34 yards and added one extra point to finish with 10 points. Bryant came through in overtime after he missed a potential game winning field goal on third down that was negated for a false start penalty and came back to knock it through from 34 yards out for the win.

TB Rush Defense

Tampa Bay gave up an uncharacteristic 183 rushing yards, nine rushing first downs and one score on the ground, and their inability to stop the run helped take a lot of pressure off of Kansas City QB Tyler Thigpen. For the first time this year, the Buccaneers allowed a back to reach 100 yards, as rookie Jamaal Charles ran for 106 yards. One bright spot for Tampa Bay was a forced fumble by DB Tanard Jackson deep in their own territory that the Buccaneers turned into a score.

LB Barrett Ruud led the way with 11 solo tackles and two assists and Derrick Brooks added nine solo tackles and one assist.

TB Pass Defense

Tampa Bay allowed just 201 net passing yards and had one sack, but they gave up two first half passing scores that helped the Chiefs jump out to a big lead early in the game. Luckily for the Buccaneers, they turned it around and allowed just 40 second half passing yards.

LB Barrett Ruud had the team's only sack and DB Sabby Piscitelli led the secondary with five solo tackles and two assists. DE Gaines Adams, who had three solo tackles, left the game with an injury.


QB Tyler Thigpen, Pass: 14 - 25 - 164 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 6 - 22 - 0, Rec: 1 - 37 - 1

Thigpen finished 14 of 25 for 164 yards and one touchdown passing, added 22 yards rushing on six attempts and caught a 37 yard touchdown pass on an end around play out of the wildcat formation. He did most of his damage in the first half where he threw for 125 yards and scored both of his touchdowns, but couldn't replicate that success in the second half.

RB Jamaal Charles, Rush: 18 - 106 - 0 (3 targets)

Charles got the bulk of his work after the injury to Kolby Smith and looked impressive against the Tampa Bay defense as he rushed for 106 yards on 18 carries to become the first back to reach the century mark against the Buccaneers this season. Charles showed the burst and quickness he displayed in college as well as some great footwork. The only negative for Charles was a lost fumble deep in Tampa Bay territory that the Buccaneers turned into a score.

RB Kolby Smith, Rush: 10 - 46 - 1

Smith ran the ball ten times for 46 yards and added a first quarter touchdown on a one yard run, but left the game later with an injury and did not return.

RB Larry Johnson

Johnson was held out of the game due to a suspension.

WR Mark Bradley, Pass: 1 - 1 - 37 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rec: 4 - 65 - 0 (8 targets)

Bradley had a productive game for the Chiefs as he finished with four receptions for 65 yards on eight targets and added a 37 yard touchdown pass to QB Tyler Thigpen on his only pass attempt of the game. Bradley got the ball on a reverse and hit Thigpen with a nicely thrown ball to connect for the score.

WR Dwayne Bowe, Rec: 2 - 29 - 1 (6 targets)

Bowe was targeted six times and finished with two receptions for 29 yards and a seven yard touchdown catch. He received three third down targets and got the score, but for the most part was neutralized by the Buccaneers defense.

TE Tony Gonzalez, Rec: 7 - 62 - 0 (12 targets)

Gonzalez was targeted 12 times and finished with seven receptions for 62 yards. He was targeted seven times on third downs and once in the red zone. Six of his receptions resulted in first downs, but Gonzalez had a costly offensive pass interference call against him in the fourth quarter on a third down play he caught for 20 yards. The play was called back and one play later, the Chiefs were forced to punt.

PK Connor Barth 2 - 2 FG, 3 - 3 XP, 9 points

Barth made good on field goals from 39 and 28 yards and added three extra points to finish with nine points.

KC Rush Defense

Kansas City held the Buccaneers to 81 yards on 25 attempts for just a 3.2 ypc average and gave up just four rushing first downs for the game. They also forced two Earnest Graham fumbles and did not allow a rushing score.

LB Pat Thomas led the defense with seven solo tackles and three assists and Donnie Edwards added six solo tackles and two assists.

KC Pass Defense

The Chiefs gave up 342 net passing yards and two scores, failed to record a sack, and could not get the job done late in the game when it mattered the most. They played with a depleted secondary that was without rookie DB Brandon Flowers and were tested throughout the game. After Kansas City built a big lead, the pass defense allowed Tampa Bay to get back into the game almost solely behind their passing game.

Rookie DB Maurice Leggett had seven solo tackles to lead the secondary.


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