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Bills vs. Buccaneers Social Rewind

Posted Dec 8, 2013

After spending two games on the road, the Bucs returned to sunny Tampa Bay to square off with the Buffalo Bills. Here’s how it looked through social media.



As the clock ticked toward the 1 PM kickoffs, NFL pictures, tweets, pregame shows and Instagram posts all had one thing in common. Cold. Meanwhile, minutes prior to the December 8th kickoff in Tampa… After receiving the opening kickoff, the Buccaneers offense seem energized by the sunshine. On just the second play of the game, they would see the first of many big plays. NFL: Around the League announces the first TD of NFL Week 14 and the rest of Twitter sounds off: Snap back to Philadelphia… Following the opening score, the team would trade punts with the Bills getting the ball back at their own 42-yard line.Trade punts. After a 15-yard personal foul penalty and 15-yard completion to TE Scott Chandler, the Bucs defense held the Bills to just three points. The Buccaneers would make short work of answering back. Starting from the 20-yard line, RB Bobby Rainey would make some shifty runs, and Mike Glennon would find Vincent Jackson for gains of 10 and 22 yards. Then, in third-and-14 from the 38, Glennon would take aim toward Jackson one more time. Times’ writer Greg Auman, Pewter Report and Buccaneers.com Senior writer Scott Smith weigh in. The defense would remain strong, getting to Bills’ QB twice, forcing a three-and-out. At the end of the first, the Bucs held the lead, 14-3. TBO.com’s Ira Kaufman adds this: Just one minute into the second quarter, the Buccaneers stole possession from the Buffalo offense. Twitter flooded with posts about the big play, all with one commonality. 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: On the third straight possession, the drive would end in an INT as Johnthan Banks took the ball right back for the Buccaneers. Scott Smith notes the stats: The Buccaneers would add three more off the turnover, as the Ledger’s Rick Brown updates the score. Once again, the Buccaneers defense wouldn’t budge. The Bills’ drive would result in a punt, highlighted by a big play from CB Darrelle Revis. 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: 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. 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. Newly energized, the Bucs offense would refuse to go into halftime with just 17 points and started another drive. At the two-minute mark: Rick Brown again, with 20 seconds on the clock: The Bucs would pick up seven more to close out the quarter. TBO’s Roy Cummings announces the point-scorer. At the half, the Bucs were on top of the Bills 24-3. Buffalo would come out in the third quarter and put together a strong drive, taking the ball from their own 20 to the Buccaneer 24-yard line. From there, on third down, the defense would come up big again, ultimately giving up just a field goal. Auman and the Bills’ official Twitter call the consecutive plays. The Buccaneers offense went three-and-out, making room for more defensive magic with another huge stop. @TBBuccaneers and @THECaptainFear celebrate: Another Tampa Bay punt, another Buffalo possession and another chance for a Buccaneer defensive takeaway. Darrelle Revis would lay a huge hit on Robert Woods causing the ball to come lose, straight into the arms of Lavonte David. The play would go down as an interception for David. Twitter sounds off: 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. After the field goal putting the Bucs up 27-3, the Bills’ offense looked to show a sign of life. 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. 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. The clock would hit zeroes as the Buccaneers defeated the Bills, 27-6.