As the clock ticked toward the 1 PM kickoffs, NFL pictures, tweets, pregame shows and Instagram posts all had one thing in common. Cold.
Snow all over the North and Midwest. Will be interesting to see the effect it has on the games.— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) December 8, 2013
— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) December 8, 2013
Bobby Raineygoes 80 yards on 2nd play of game. That's a way to start
FIRE THE CANNONS! BOBBY RAINEY GOES 80! TD #Bucs— Rick Brown (@LedgeronBucs) December 8, 2013
Snap back to Philadelphia…
Bobby Rainey just uncorked the longest run in Buc history, 80 yards off left tackle— Ira Kaufman (@IKaufmanTBO) December 8, 2013
So far Buffalo has 40 yards of offense and 30 yards on penalties. Tampa Bay's run defense playing well early on.— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) December 8, 2013
The Buccaneers would make short work of answering back. Starting from the 20-yard line, RB Bobby Rainey would make some shifty runs, and
Dan Carpenter's 40-yard FG is GOOD!— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 8, 2013
Mike Glennon avoided sack, rolled to right, then went deep and saw Vincent Jackson make catch in end zone despite pass interference flag.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) December 8, 2013
On that play, Vincent Jackson went over 1,000 yards for the third straight season, and the fifth time overall.— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) December 8, 2013
The defense would remain strong, getting to Bills’ QB twice, forcing a three-and-out.
VJax, first Bucs receiver to post back-to-back 1,000 seasons since Joey Galloway.— Pewter Report (@PewterReport) December 8, 2013
Bucs are the team getting to QB so far today --— Greg Auman (@gregauman) December 8, 2013
Mark Barrondrops EJ Manuel for a 1-yard loss on first down ...
At the end of the first, the Bucs held the lead, 14-3. TBO.com’s Ira Kaufman adds this:
And that's sack number three on the day. Bowers and Golston split it and the Bills punt again.— Sander Philipse (@Bucs_Nation) December 8, 2013
Bills had allowed only five first-quarter TDs all season before Sunday. Bucs have already hit them up for two long scoring plays— Ira Kaufman (@IKaufmanTBO) December 8, 2013
Lavonte David INT! #ProBowlOrBust— WDAE 620 AM/95.3 FM (@620wdae) December 8, 2013
Lavonte David with the INT -- and some Pro Bowl votes.— Pat Yasinskas (@PatYazESPN) December 8, 2013
That website, by the way, would be http://www.nfl.com/probowl/ballot. The Bucs however, could not turn the pick into any points. Just three plays later, the Bills would counter with a turnover of their own. Pewter Report and BuffaloBills.com lead journalist make the call:
Lavonte David with the pick. Just put this guy in the Pro Bowl already.— JoeBucsFan (@JoeBucsFan) December 8, 2013
Glennon picked off after V. Jackson slips on the play. Throw appeared off target as well. Bucs squander a great opportunity to extend lead.— Pewter Report (@PewterReport) December 8, 2013
On the third straight possession, the drive would end in an INT as
2 of NFL's top INT teams Bucs and #Bills neck and neck, 18 now for Tampa, 17 now for Buffalo with Byrd's pick.— Chris Brown (@ChrisBrownBills) December 8, 2013
The Buccaneers would add three more off the turnover, as the Ledger’s Rick Brown updates the score.
Johnthan Banks with his 3rd pick of the season! TB came in with the league lead in interceptions as a team, and they're showing why.— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) December 8, 2013
The Buccaneers would be forced to punt the ball right back, but has been the case all season, that hasn’t always resulted in a positive outcome for the receiving team. Again we turn to Greg Auman to give us the insight:
Revis takes a page out of the Ronde Barber playbook for a sack from the edge outside. #GoBucs— FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@MyFoxTampaBay) December 8, 2013
Bucs go three-and-out on offense. Punt coming, leading Buffalo 17-3, 7:55 left in second ...— Greg Auman (@gregauman) December 8, 2013
For the second time of the day, however, no points would come from the turnover, as the Bills’ Stephon Gilmore came down with an acrobatic interception near the end zone.
Bucs get turnover off special teams -- Leodis McKelvin muff punt, Bucs recover at Buffalo 21.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) December 8, 2013
With 4:46 left in the first half, after forcing the fourth Buffalo punt of the day, Fox 13’s Kevin ODonnell gives props to the solid defensive efforts.
Stephon Gilmore picks off Glennon. The #Bills gets it back DEEP in their own territory. Like, on the 3.— WDAE 620 AM/95.3 FM (@620wdae) December 8, 2013
Newly energized, the Bucs offense would refuse to go into halftime with just 17 points and started another drive. At the two-minute mark:
Bucs defense is smothering Buffalo. Bills have been held to 74 yards on 30 plays!— Kevin ODonnell Fox13 (@ODonnellFox13) December 8, 2013
Rick Brown again, with 20 seconds on the clock:
Two minutes left. #Bucs get a gift roughing the passer call. Ball at the 25.— Rick Brown (@LedgeronBucs) December 8, 2013
The Bucs would pick up seven more to close out the quarter. TBO’s Roy Cummings announces the point-scorer.
complete to Tim Wright (hello Timmy). First and goal at the 5.— Rick Brown (@LedgeronBucs) December 8, 2013
At the half, the Bucs were on top of the Bills 24-3.
Mike Glennon with another two TD day as he throws 5-yard TD pass to Tim Wright.— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) December 8, 2013
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) December 8, 2013
William Gholstongets a sack of EJ Manuel on third down. Should give him 1.5 for the day. Rookie from Michigan State emerging ...
Lavonte David is now one of just seven players in NFL history with at least 5 picks and 5 sacks in the same season.— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) December 8, 2013
David returned the interception 32 yards all the way down to the Buffalo 12-yard line, putting the offense in great position to add to their lead. On third down, Mike Glennon dropped back and found Vincent Jackson in the very back of the end zone, appearing to tap both toes. Here is the play, and following explanation from Twitter Officiating Guru, Mike Pereira.
Revis also has a sack already today. Tremendous effort by the Bucs defense forcing these turnovers. Offense needs to capitalize though.— JennaLaineBucs (@JennaLaineBucs) December 8, 2013
Vincent Jackson gets another one in the endzone to add to the Bucs' lead. #GoBucs - play under review - ruled a TD— FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@MyFoxTampaBay) December 8, 2013
Ruling on the field reversed for Vincent Jackson's TD...his heels were over. Instead of a TD, it's 4th down. #BUFvsTB— JennaLaineBucs (@JennaLaineBucs) December 8, 2013
Pass in incomplete in TB - entire foot must come down inbounds— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) December 8, 2013
Spiller is gone. He took off running and no one was going to catch him. Offensive holding brings it back though. No TD.— WDAE 620 AM/95.3 FM (@620wdae) December 8, 2013
But, from there the drive would result in another punt. That would be the story for the majority of the fourth quarter, with the Buccaneers eating up the clock. 620 WDAE calls the time as the Bills’ get the ball back, looking to add something to the scoreboard.
Holding negates what would have been an 83-yard TD. #BUFvsTB— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 8, 2013
The Bucs would continue stuffing Manuel and the Bills attack, notching the sixth and seventh sack of the game on back-to-back plays, forcing a punt and sealing the win.
#Bucs punt with 5:34 to go in the ballgame, leading 27-6.— WDAE 620 AM/95.3 FM (@620wdae) December 8, 2013
— Sander Philipse (@Bucs_Nation) December 8, 2013
Gerald McCoywith the sack! Number seven on the year! Really hope he can get to 10.
The clock would hit zeroes as the Buccaneers defeated the Bills, 27-6.
Bucs D sacked EJ Manuel for the 7th time... story of his game right there. #GoBucs— FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@MyFoxTampaBay) December 8, 2013
Congrats on another win Bucs!!!—
Doug Martin(@DougMartin22) December 8, 2013