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Buccaneers vs. Patriots Social Rewind

Posted Sep 22, 2013

The Buccaneers headed to Foxborough to face the New England Patriots. The Buccaneers started strong early on both offense and defense, but couldn’t answer Tom Brady’s two touchdown passes to rookie WR Kenbrell Thompkins. Here is how Twitter saw it.

Buccaneers vs. Patriots Social Rewind The Buccaneers headed to Foxborough to face the New England Patriots. The Buccaneers started strong early on both offense and defense, but couldn’t answer Tom Brady’s two touchdown passes to rookie WR Kenbrell Thompkins. Here is how Twitter saw it. The 1 PM kickoff was forecasted to be overcast and rainy on the first day of fall in New England, but quickly turned to perfect football conditions as kickoff approached. Fox13’s Kevin O’Donnell reports: 0-2 Buccaneers looked to notch their first win against a Patriots team missing two of its top offensive weapons. Before kickoff, SportsCenter reported: Buccaneers won the toss and deferred. On the first possession of the game, the Buccaneers offense picked up where they left off, quickly notching their 10th team sack. After forcing a punt, the Buccaneers offense looked good early, with an early 28-yard completion to Mike Williams. The drive stalled at the 20-yard line and Rian Lindell failed to connect on the field goal. After quickly getting the ball back, the Bucs drove again, this time putting three points on the board. With each teams’ first two drives in the books, the stats leaned in favor of the visitors. Tampa Bay Times’ writer Greg Auman breaks it down: Trying to answer the field goal, Tom Brady led the Patriots onto the field. The Bucs forced a three-and-out again, highlighted by an Adrian Clayborn eight-yard sack. Senior Buccaneers.com writer, Scott Smith noted: As the clock hit zero to end the first quarter, the Buccaneers looked to be in the driver’s seat. WEEI.com Patriots writer, Mike Petraglia showed the stats: The third Buccaneers drive ended in a failed fourth-down conversion, giving the Patriots the ball at their own 34. Their offense showed signs of life, posting an 11-play, 66 yard scoring drive. The Buccaneers took over possession with half of the second quarter remaining. The offense plugged away, getting to the Patriots’ 38-yard line, but again couldn’t convert on their fourth-down attempt. After getting the ball back on their own 38-yard line, the Patriots meticulously drove down the field. The 10-play drive again ended with Tom Brady finding his rookie receiver Thompkins. With 47 seconds left, the Buccaneers maintained their aggressive attitude, trying to get into scoring position to put more points on the board before halftime. After a quick first down, Freeman looked for Vincent Jackson near midfield. The late turnover would result in three more Patriot points before the teams went into the locker room for halftime. The Patriots first drive of the second half began with a 46-yard Brandon Bolden run to the right side, putting New England in scoring range. A 20-yard reception by Thompkins put the ball at the six-yard line. After two big defensive stops, Tom Brady dropped back and was intercepted by S Mark Barron. The Buccaneers again were forced to punt. Two 15 -yard plays to TE Michael Hoomanawanui set up the Patriots third field goal. More bad new rolled in for the Buccaneers as Vincent Jackson was seen on the sideline. ESPN’s John Clayton reports the injury, with an additional look into another 1 PM matchup. On the ensuing drive, the Buccaneers started driving, breaking across the 50-yard line as the whistle blew on the third quarter. WDAE 620 notes the positive gains: Trying to take a chunk out of the Patriots’ lead, the Buccaneers again opted for a bold move in their opponent’s territory. Rick Brown of the Lakeland Ledger has the call, giving the Patriots possession again. The previous turnover-on-downs would result in three more Patriots points, putting them up 23-3 with 8:19 remaining. With a number of unfortunate series in the game, TBO.com’s Ira Kaufman notes the play of Buccaneer quarterback Josh Freeman as the fourth quarter winds down. The Buccaneers defense would again show their red zone strength. After forcing three Patriots’ field goals, the unit would hold them on their fourth down attempt from the 11-yard line. From there, Martin ran up the middle for nine yards before Freeman connected with Kevin Ogletree, Eric Page and Brian Leonard on three consecutive plays, moving the team into the red zone. The offense would fail to reach the end zone. With a minute and a half left in the game, the Patriots would take victory formation, ending the game.