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Buccaneers vs. Lions Social Rewind

Posted Nov 24, 2013

Coming off back-to-back victories, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traveled to Detroit to take on the 6-4 Lions. Even with the big games from Mike Glennon and Bobby Rainey a week before, there was one more intriguing storyline that garnered a lot of attention on Sunday morning.



The Lions took first possession and the Buccaneers defensive line made their presence felt immediately. Pewter Report calls the result of the series that featured a big Adrian Clayborn 2-yard tackle for a loss: The Buccaneers would also be stopped on three downs and punt away to Detroit. WDAE 620 notes the first big play of the day: The Lions’ offense would get the ball into field goal range. From the 22-yard line, QB Matt Stafford dropped back to pass, and fell into the hands of Buccaneer LB Lavonte David. 98.7 The Fan shares the excitement with their followers: The Buccaneers again struggled to get things going, ending up trying for a third-and-15. The pass would be complete for 11 yards, but the Bucs would be aided by a Lion penalty. The Detroit Lions official Twitter calls it: The conversion would give the Bucs new life. TE Tim Wright would catch four catches on the drive for 39 yards. TB Times’s Greg Auman calls one of the big grabs. They wouldn’t get into the end zone, but the Bucs struck first. QB Mike Glennon hit all five of his passes on the drive. TBO.com’s Roy Cummings updates the score late in the first: The Lions would start a drive of their own, taking the ball 80 yards on 11 plays, largely featuring Nate Burleson who found the end zone for Detroit’s first points of the game. The NFL on ESPN call the score, and TD celebration: What began looking like a defensive battle would quickly become an aerial assault. Tom Krasniqi of WDAE 620 calls the very first play on the Bucs’ next possession. Five plays after the long bomb, the Buccaneers would get in the end zone for the first time of the day. Glennon again was exceptional, hitting all three of his passes for 70 yards. @Bucs_Nation calls the scoring play while Roy Cummings updates on another Mike Glennon NFL record. Down 10-7, the Lions would answer right back with an 80-yard scoring drive, aided by a 18-yard pass to Kris Durham with a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty. TE Joseph Fauria would end the drive with a catch in the back corner of the end zone that would be heavily reviewed and debated on social media. Here is how it went down. The Buccaneers would punt away to the Lions who would take over at the start of the 2-minute warning. Matt Stafford again led his offense down the field into field goal range before the Buccaneers again made a stand. Buccaneers.com senior writer and editor Scott Smith makes the call: After the Bucs’ late go-ahead points, the Lions would take aim at the end zone but fall short. The teams would go into halftime with the Bucs on top 17-14. Tampa Bay would be given some bad news at the start of the second half. TE Tom Crabtree would miss the rest of the game, while cornerback Darrelle Revis would be questionable with a groin injury. Right away, the Lions would take aim at the Revis-less and Goldson-less Buccaneers secondary. Greg Auman and Pewter Report call both receptions by Calvin Johnson on the drive. After two big plays to Megatron, Matt Stafford would find his other tight end over the middle for an 18-yard one-handed touchdown grab, giving the Lions a 21-17 lead. Following the score, the Detroit Lions’ Twitter relived a touching Salute to Service moment from the first quarter that received great coverage on television and throughout social media. Welcome home, Captain Munsee. After a stellar first half, the Buccaneers came out in the second with a slow start, going three-and-out again on their second possession. Detroit would start their next drive at the 20-yard line after another Buccaneer punt, and again the Lions offense would start with fireworks, this time called by Lakeland Ledger’s Rick Brown: For the third time of the day, however, the Buccaneers would be the definition of bend-and-not-break, with another key takeaway as the Lions approached the end zone. The Bucs would fail to capitalize on the turnover and punt, but the defense held its ground with a great tackle by Leonard Johnson, forcing Detroit to punt back. The Bucs would start the next drive at the five-yard line. The third quarter would end on a nine-yard Tim Wright catch with the Bucs at their own 14-yard line. The second play of the fourth quarter would turn out to be an incredible indicator for the rest of the game from a social media standpoint, as game headline and game headline would roll in and Twitter would do its best to keep up. Many social media contributors share their view of the first-and-10 play from the 15-yard line. The Lions offense wouldn’t be able to answer back with a big defensive stand on third down. Again, here’s Tom Krasniqi with the big stop: Then, in the second gamechanger of the fourth quarter: Detroit would keep Tampa Bay from crossing the goal line. The Fan gives us the field goal attempt. As the missed field goal traveled over the upright, it was unreviewable. The Lions would take over and the late-quarter drama would continue with another Detroit Lions turnover. This time on a third-and-11 fumble by Kris Durham. Glennon would lead the Bucs offense back onto the field, and, once again, a pulse-pounding quarter would give us another twist on third and fourth downs with just over four minutes left. A 22-yard completion to Calvin Johnson would bring the Lions into Buccaneers territory and take the game to the final two-minute warning, Bucs leading 24-21. And we give you the calls from that point to the one minute mark: Third-and-12. The Lions would call a timeout. Matt Stafford dropped back, stepped up, and unloaded toward Calvin Johnson. We’ll let Twitter call the rest. Three kneel downs later and the final whistle blew. Buccaneers 24 – Lions 21.