.@MiamiDolphins allowed 35 sacks (most NFL) Matches total from all of 2012. Sacked as many times in 4th Q as much as RG3 & M. Ryan in 2013— NFLN_Playbook (@NFLN_Playbook) November 12, 2013
But 8:40 would soon roll around, which means just one thing!
Eight of the nine ESPN analysts pick the Bucs to win tonight. Is that a good thing?— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) November 12, 2013
RT if you are ready for some FOOTBALL!!— ESPN Monday Night (@ESPNMondayNight) November 12, 2013
Mike James for 3. Third and goal from the 1. Oh no. Mike James is down.— Rick Brown (@LedgeronBucs) November 12, 2013
The offense would then take the field, as Buccaneers’ mascot, Captain Fear asked this of his followers:
The Bucs have brought a cart out for RB Mike James. Unreal.— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) November 12, 2013
It would only take one play for all who answered to know they were incorrect.
Red zone! Tell me which Buc you think gets the first score? #itsabucslife— Captain Fear (@THECaptainFear) November 12, 2013
I promise that wasn't a trick question. I had no idea it would be DONALD PENN! #boomboomboomboomboomboom! 7-0 Bucs!— Captain Fear (@THECaptainFear) November 12, 2013
The first quarter would come to a close with the stats heavily in Buccaneer favor. Scott Smith and the official Buccaneers Twitter would post a few notes:
10 zero ill take it buc ahhhhhhhhhhh— * Mike Williams * (@Mikebuc19) November 12, 2013
Rushing yards at the end of quarter one: Bucs 72, Dolphins 4.— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) November 12, 2013
SAFETY!— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 12, 2013
Lavonte Davidblitzes through the line to tackle Daniel Thomas in the end zone.
Up 12-0, the Bucs would get the kick and the offense would drive again. 620 WDAE calls the score:
Great play by lavonte david. I named him my midseason defensive mvp on @SportsDash last week— shaun king (@realshaunking) November 12, 2013
That big stop forced another punt and another big play by the Bucs special teams unit. Pewter Report reports:
So Mike Wallace has his first catch of the night against Darrelle Revis. For negative-five yards.— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) November 12, 2013
As the teams made their way to halftime, plenty of love came the Buccaneers way from a number of local media tweeters:
Miami forced to punt and Page takes it 55 yards down to the Miami 40-yard line.— Pewter Report (@PewterReport) November 12, 2013
Bucs have outgained the Dolphins 77-2 on the ground. Total domination by the home team so far— Ira Kaufman (@IKaufmanTBO) November 12, 2013
At halftime, here is how it stood.
8-77-1 for Brandon Gibson's replacement, Rishard Matthews— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) November 12, 2013
As the team took their locker rooms, the fans remained in their seats to honor one of the night’s many heroes, Buccaneer legend Warren Sapp and his induction into the Tampa Bay Buccaneer Ring of Honor. Let’s briefly relive it.
Halftime: Bucs lead 15-7 thanks to a touchdown and impressive DUNK from 340-pound Donald Penn. pic.twitter.com/GDCuNWBuCX— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 12, 2013
As ceremony for Sapp begins, fans chanting "Wah-wren... Wah-wren.. " as Sapp dances in background.— JoeBucsFan (@JoeBucsFan) November 12, 2013
Congratulations to a Warren Sapp on a great career and a great night.— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) November 12, 2013
"If there was one guy I'd get in a foxhole with it would be @WarrenSapp" - Gruden— ESPN Monday Night (@ESPNMondayNight) November 12, 2013
On the first drive of the second half, the Miami offense would stall, but they would post their own great special teams play, as noted by Tom Krasniqi of 620 WDAE:
The last (but not least) item on Warren Sapp's thank you list: The fans of Tampa Bay. "My heart and soul is here in Tampa Bay."— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) November 12, 2013
The Bucs would narrowly escape being tackled in their own end zone and punt the ball away. Dolphins’ returner Thigpen returned the punt to the 29-yard line, setting up the next Dolphins score:
Terrific punt by Miami... #Bucs pinned back inside their own 1 yard line— Tom Krasniqi (@TKras) November 12, 2013
Another Buccaneers punt and more Dolphins points. @TBBuccaneers calls the go-ahead points as social media would turn a bit sour on the home team.
Sturgis' 40-yard kick is good! The score is now TB 15 MIA 10 with 7:57 to go in the 3rd QTR. #MIAvsTB— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) November 12, 2013
With just seven yards between the Dolphins offense and the end zone, the Buccaneers defense would stand firm, forcing just a field goal, giving Miami a 19-15 lead.
Glennon is intercepted by Wilson and takes it down to the Bucs seven yard line.— Pewter Report (@PewterReport) November 12, 2013
The next Buccaneer drive would start the fourth quarter and the Bucs returned to their proven ground game.
Great stop by #Bucs defense. Huge— Anthony Becht (@Anthony_Becht) November 12, 2013
Bobby Rainey rips off a 31-yd run down to the Miami 1 yard line!! Wow #Bucs— WDAE 620 AM/95.3 FM (@620wdae) November 12, 2013
And then, coming off of that sack:
Finally....Sack #Bucs— Anthony Becht (@Anthony_Becht) November 12, 2013
After a third down incompletion, the Dolphins had one more chance on fourth-and-27. Ryan Tannehill would throw it deep for Mike Wallace and the ball was cut off. The Monday Night Football crew announced the key stop.
Again Sack...... Huuuuggggeeee #Bucs— Anthony Becht (@Anthony_Becht) November 12, 2013
And with a few more offensive plays, the clock would run down to 00, giving the Bucs their first victory of the season.
Darrelle Revis puts the nail in the coffin!— ESPN Monday Night (@ESPNMondayNight) November 12, 2013
Just as (almost) everyone predicted: Bucs get their first win of the season with a 22-19 victory over the Dolphins! pic.twitter.com/ZPBk6Lykqo— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 12, 2013
And, just to tie the home-field first win of the season all together, one more piece from the Man of the Night, Warren Sapp’s halftime Ring of Honor speech:
CONGRATS ON THE WIN BUCS!!!!WAY TO FINISH!!!!!—
Doug Martin(@DougMartin22) November 12, 2013
Warren Sapp on joining Bucs' Ring of Honor tonight: "This felt a lot better than Canton, because this is home."— Greg Auman (@gregauman) November 12, 2013