The Bucs and Ravens defenses traded blows, but Tampa Bay had all the killer shots, including this big fourth-quarter sack by S Dexter Jackson
This one was billed as a heavyweight battle between two powerful defenses. If so, the Baltimore Ravens’ defense won the punch count but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ squad delivered the knockout blows.
In a 22-10 Buccaneer victory that very nearly puts Tampa Bay into the playoffs, the Ravens gained more yards, 257 to 213, but the Bucs’ defense had all the sacks and all the turnovers.
Those five sacks and three takeaways – plus a blocked punt – helped the Bucs’ build a 16-7 halftime lead, with the defense getting a hand from its corner man, the special teams. In a decisive second round – uh, quarter – Tampa Bay scored two field goals and a touchdown, all three on drives of 17 yards or less.
“We had good field position and had the short field,” said Tampa Bay Head Coach Tony Dungy at halftime, with the Bucs clinging to a 16-7 lead. “It would have been nice to push a couple of those in. Hopefully, we can get that done in the second half.”
They did, but that’s another story. The game was truly decided in that blitz of a second quarter. Here was the chain of events:
DE Simeon Rice’s 11th sack of the season early in the second quarter forced a Baltimore punt from deep in their own territory, and a penalty on the return gave the Bucs a first down at the Ravens’ 36. Though Tampa Bay could manage only one first down from there, they did capitalize with a 38-yard Doug Brien field goal, making it 7-6, Baltimore.
TE Todd Yoder then blocked Baltimore’s next punt just two minutes later, putting Tampa Bay back at the Ravens’ 23. The Bucs almost put it in the end zone this time, but massive DT Tony Siragusa got a hand on a certain touchdown pass to FB Mike Alstott, and the Bucs settled for Brien’s 24-yard chip shot.
LB Derrick Brooks then gave Tampa Bay a starting point it couldn’t waste. On a third-down pass intended for favorite target TE Shannon Sharpe, Brooks reached out to his right to make an all-hands-team interception, then returned the turnover to within a few inches of the goal line. RB Moe Williams knocked Brooks out of bounds at the last instant, but QB Brad Johnson followed with a one-play drive, diving over the middle for the touchdown.
“It was a big play,” said Dungy of Brooks’ third interception of the season (12th of his career). “You know it’s going to be a tight game and you are going to need big plays. That changed the field position and we got a score and got up nine points, so it was a huge play.”
The Ravens had taken a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter on a 69-yard touchdown drive that ended in QB Elvis Grbac’s 14-yard scoring pass to WR Travis Taylor, but they wouldn’t score again until the beginning of the fourth quarter.
After the Bucs had bled away most of the third period while trying to make their nine-point edge hold up, they moved into field goal position late in the period and tried a 40-yarder. Newly-signed kicker Doug Brien, who had made his first three Buc field goals, from 42, 38 and 24 yards out, missed just to the right and the Ravens suddenly had advantageous field position.
They capitalized immediately, using a 25-yard pass to WR Qadry Ismail and a 22-yard run by RB Terry Allen to get down to the Bucs’ two. However, the Bucs’ big-play defense stepped up again, with Brooks stopping Allen twice at the one and a third-down pass sailing out of the end zone incomplete. Baltimore had to settle for a field goal, which means they needed a touchdown to win.
That proved to be too much when the Bucs made Baltimore start its next two drives at their own two and their own 12. The first march failed quickly, but the Ravens got the ball back quickly by forcing a three-and-out that consumed only 24 seconds. However, the Bucs defense still had one more knockout blow left in it.
On third-and-five from the Ravens’ 31, with 2:04 remaining, the Bucs came with a gutsy blitz and S Dexter Jackson recorded his second sack of the game. The Ravens thus found themselves in a crucial fourth-and-10, and they turned it over when Brooks tackled Ismail on a short pass over the middle.
The Bucs took over at their own 31 and scored two plays later.
Trying mainly to run the last two minutes off the clock, the Bucs sealed the win when Alstott broke free for a 32-yard touchdown run, his single-season-best 11th of the season and the 50th of his stellar NFL. Alstott bashed for 80 yards on just 14 carries against the league’s fourth-ranked rush defense, and Warrick Dunn added 47 yards on 13 carries. As a team, the Bucs rushed for 123 yards while holding Baltimore to 90.
“This was a big, big challenge tonight, and I thought our guys stepped up,” said Dungy. “We played hard. The energy in our stadium means a lot to us, especially at this time in the season. We knew their defense was going to be good and it was going to be tough to move the ball on them.”
For the second straight week, the Bucs’ offensive line stepped up, as evidenced not only by the excellent rushing yardage total but also by the zero sacks allowed of QB Brad Johnson. In the past two weeks, the Bucs have rushed for 280 yards and allowed no sacks, despite facing two teams that had combined for 89 sacks.
The Bucs’ first interception was by Barber, giving him an NFL-high 10 on the season and setting a new Tampa Bay record. Cedric Brown had held the record at nine since 1981. Barber, who also contributed five tackles and four passes defensed in yet another standout effort, is the first NFL player to get 10 picks in a season since Mark Carrier in 1990.
Like Barber, Brooks was all over the field, leading all players with 15 tackles and adding his 12th career interception and three passes defensed. Jackson, who had one career sack coming into the night, added seven tackles and DE Simeon Rice contributed his team-leading 11th sack and constant outside pressure.
QB Brad Johnson had, statistically, his least productive day as a Buccaneer, completing just 13 of 29 passes for 90 yards. However, he did not throw an interception for the second week in a row. WR Keyshawn Johnson had four receptions for 29 yards to push his NFL-leading catch total to 106.
Neither team had much success solving the other’s third-down defense, as the Bucs converted on just two of 13 third-down tries and the Ravens managed on just four of 17. Bucs punter Mark Royals put four punts down inside the 20, with CB Dwight Smith downing three of them.
Both teams finished the game with 9-6 records, and the Bucs are now 10-0 in December games in Raymond James Stadium under Dungy. The Bucs have effectively locked up a playoff spot, though it won’t become official this weekend unless Atlanta loses at Miami on Sunday. Even if the Bucs lose their finale against Philadelphia and the Falcons win their last two, Atlanta will have to make up a seemingly insurmountable 78-net-conference-points disadvantage.
During the contest, Buccaneers.com provided quarter-by-quarter reports on the action, complete with details of all the game’s big plays. Those reports follow to give a closer look at the Bucs’ most complete victory in quite some time.
First Quarter ReportBaltimore Drive #1:
After his team won the toss and elected to receive, Baltimore WR Jermaine Lewis took Doug Brien’s opening kickoff at the three and got it back to the 24. A holding penalty on the Ravens, however, forced them to start at their own 14.
RB Terry Allen tested the middle on first down, but DE Marcus Jones’ quick penetration slowed him down and DE Simeon Rice finished the play after a two-yard gain.
Allen knifed off left guard on second down, but picked up nothing before running hard into DT Warren Sapp.
However, QB Elvis Grbac’s first pass of the game moved the sticks as he found RB Moe Williams wide open in the middle for a 12-yard gain.
Grbac faked a handoff on the next first down and tried to hit Allen in the right flat, but LB Derrick Brooks’ hard hit broke up the play.
The next pass went into TE Shannon Sharpe’s hands on the left side, but LB Shelton Quarles arrived at the same time and caused Sharpe to drop the ball.
On third-and-ten, three Bucs got their hands on the pass, leading to an interception. LB Derrick Brooks tipped it passed WR Brandon Stokley and into the hands of LB Jamie Duncan. The ball bounded out of Duncan’s hands but was plucked a foot off the turf by CB Ronde Barber. Barber returned it six yards to the Ravens’ 34.
Drive Results: 14 yards gained on 6 plays, no points, ball turned over on interception.Tampa Bay Drive #1:
The Bucs tried a little razzle-dazzle on first down, with WR Reidel Anthony running an end-around, but it was well-defended by the Ravens and resulted in a loss of three.
Two plays later, on third-and-13, good coverage downfield forced QB Brad Johnson to dump it off to FB Mike Alstott, a play that picked up only two yards.
Drive Results: 1 yard lost on 3 plays, no points, punt.Baltimore Drive #2:
Pushed back to their own two by Mark Royals’ excellent punt, the Ravens tried a pass on first down but the Bucs had double coverage on intended receiver Sharpe and the pass was incomplete.
Allen tried left tackle on second down but was stopped by Duncan after a gain of just two.
On third-and-eight, CB Donnie Abraham nearly intercepted a pass intended for WR Travis Taylor, forcing a punt.
Drive Results: 2 yards gained on 3 plays, no points, punt.Tampa Bay Drive #2:
A fantastic punt by Kyle Richardson pushed the Bucs back to Baltimore’s 49, still excellent field position for their second drive.
Alstott’s run up the middle on first down picked up nothing, and RB Warrick Dunn had even less luck as he was tripped up by DT Kelly Gregg in the backfield for a loss of four.
Johnson again found no one open downfield and had to try an outlet pass to Dunn, but it was incomplete.
Drive Results: 4 yards lost on 3 plays, no points, punt.Baltimore Drive #3:
Royals’ next punt was less successful, and the Ravens started their third drive at their own 27.
Allen sliced right to left on first down but was stopped by Rice after a gain of three.
A screen pass wide to the right to Allen was well defended by Brooks on second down, and Allen was forced out of bounds after a gain of just two.
WR Qadry Ismail tried to go straight up the right sideline on Barber on third-and-five, but Barber got to the ball first and broke it up.
Drive Results: 5 yards gained on 3 plays, no points, punt.Tampa Bay Drive #3:
The Ravens blitzed from the right side on first down but the Bucs had a pass to WR Keyshawn Johnson on the left called, and it was good for nine yards.
Johnson went back to the NFL’s leading passcatcher on second down, hitting him on a quick slant for a gain of eight more to the Ravens 44.
Dunn took a delayed handoff and found a big hole on the next first down, but slipped on the turf and picked up just four yards.
Alstott then displayed his typical second-effort style on second down, breaking a tackle and diving towards the first-down line. After a measurement, the Bucs were rewarded the first down at Baltimore’s 34.
Ray Lewis made his first notable play of the game on the next snap, as Johnson appeared to have a bullet threaded in to TE Dave Moore in the middle before Lewis cut over and nearly intercepted it.
After a short Dunn run made it third-and-nine, Johnson managed to get his next pass through coverage to Moore, but the tight end was tackled one yard short of the sticks.
The Bucs elected to try the 42-yard field goal with Brien, and he made his first kick as a Buccaneer with ease.
Drive Results: 36 yards gained on 8 plays, field goal, Tampa Bay 3, Baltimore 0.Baltimore Drive #4:
Allen got the call on first down again but was stopped short again by Brooks, resulting in a two-yard gain.
Grbac found Sharpe sitting in the middle on second down, however, and the tight end dove forward for just enough to get a first down at the Ravens’ 42.
S John Lynch’s blitz was picked up on first down, giving Grbac time to find TE Todd Heap on the left side for gain of 17 more to the Bucs’ 41.
Brooks had tight coverage on Sharpe on the next play, but the talented tight end made a dazzling shoestring catch and rumbled for nine yards, coming up just inches short of a first down.
Baltimore tried to use the second-and-inches to pick up a big gain, but tight coverage and Rice’s pass rush prompted Grbac to smartly throw it away.
The Ravens then converted the third down easily, with Allen sliding off right tackle for a gain of three to the Bucs’ 29.
Allen then broke free for the game’s first big rushing play of the day, slicing up the middle and through the secondary for 16 yards to the Bucs’ 13 before Dexter Jackson put him down. That ended the first quarter.
First Quarter Notes: CB Ronde Barber intercepted his 10th pass of the season on Baltimore’s first drive of the game, setting a new Buccaneer single-season record. The previous mark was nine, set by Cedric Brown in 1981. Barber is the first NFL player to intercept 10 passes in a season since Mark Carrier had the same number in 1990.
Second Quarter ReportBaltimore Drive #1:
The Ravens swept right with RB Moe Williams on first down and appeared to pick up eight yards, but a holding penalty knocked them back 10 yards to the Bucs’ 21.
RB Terry Allen followed with a rugged run up the middle on first down that got seven of those yards back.
Then, on second-and-11 from the 14, QB Elvis Grbac floated a pass into the right corner that WR Travis Taylor out-battled CB Donnie Abraham for, recording the game’s first touchdown.
Drive Results: 69 yards gained on 10 plays, touchdown, Baltimore 7, Tampa Bay 3.Tampa Bay Drive #1:
A fine return by RB Aaron Stecker gave the Bucs fine field position at their own 32, and a first-down pass to WR Keyshawn Johnson on the right side was good for nine yards to the 41.
FB Mike Alstott bashed up the middle on second-and-one, picking up two and a first down at the Bucs’ 43.
After an incompletion, Alstott got the call again and picked up four yards before LB Ray Lewis wrapped him up.
On third-and-six, the Bucs picked up a Ravens blitz well, but QB Brad Johnson couldn’t find an open man and his dumpoff in Warrick Dunn’s direction was batted down at the line of scrimmage.
Drive Results: 15 yards gained on 5 plays, no points, punt.Baltimore Drive #2:
Allen hit an initial wall on first down up the middle but was able to push forward for a gain of three.
DT Warren Sapp tackled Allen on second down when he tried to take a pitch over left guard, stopping the back after a gain of three.
DE Simeon Rice fired around left end and sacked Grbac for a loss of 14 yards, with Sapp arriving just a fraction of a second later.
The Ravens then committed two infractions on the resulting punt, giving Tampa Bay a first down at the Ravens’ 36.
Drive Results: 8 yards lost on 3 plays, no points, punt.Tampa Bay Drive #2:
Johnson faked a handoff to Alstott on first down and tried to hit Keyshawn Johnson deep on the right side, but it was well-defended and out of the receiver’s reach.
A draw play to Dunn on second down was good for six yards when the back pushed through an arm tackle and fell forward for extra gain.
Dunn took two hard hits catching a pass in the right flat on third-and-four, but he held on for seven yards and a first down at the Ravens’ 23.
Alstott powered forward for four yards on first down, but Johnson faked to him on second down and threw towards TE Todd Yoder, who couldn’t quite make the diving catch.
On third-and-seven, Johnson’s pass to Keyshawn Johnson in the back of the end zone was several yards too deep despite a diving catch. The Bucs had to settle for Doug Brien’s 38-yard field goal.
Drive Results: 16 yards gained on 7 plays, field goal, Baltimore 7, Tampa Bay 6.Baltimore Drive #3:
WR Jermaine Lewis’ slashing kickoff return gave the Ravens excellent field position at their own 38.
The Ravens’ drive appeared to end in one play when CB Donnie Abraham broke quickly on an out pass to WR Qadry Ismail, diving in front of the receiver for the interception. However, a replay challenge correctly overturned the catch, making it second-and-10.
The Ravens tried to slice Allen up the middle from the left on second-and-10, but LB Derrick Brooks hit him immediately and the rest of the Bucs’ defense converged to stop Allen for no gain.
Allen spun off one tackle on a short catch over the middle on third-and-10, but came up three yards short of the first down.
TE Todd Yoder then blocked Kyle Richardson’s attempted punt, giving the Bucs possession at Baltimore’s 23.
Drive Results: 7 yards gained on 3 plays, no points, punt (blocked).Tampa Bay Drive #3:
The Bucs’ first play of the drive gained them a first down, as TE Dave Moore ran out underneath a slant by Keyshawn Johnson and turned a short pass into an 11-yard gain.
Alstott then bashed up the middle for three yards on first down from the 12, and Dunn took a delayed handoff up the middle for three more.
On third-and-four, Johnson appeared to have an easy touchdown pass to Alstott set up, but DT Tony Siragusa reached out a hand just far enough to bat it away, forcing the Bucs to again settle for a Brien field goal, this one from 24 yards out.
Drive Results: 17 yards gained on 5 plays, field goal, Tampa Bay 9, Baltimore 7.Baltimore Drive #4:
Another big return by Lewis got the Ravens out to their 46 this time, but a first-down pass was well-covered and Grbac threw the ball away.
Pressure on second down may have contributed to Grbac’s short throw on a sideline curl by WR Travis Taylor, an incompletion that led to third-and-10.
Third down was even better for the Bucs, as LB Derrick Brooks reached out and intercepted a pass intended for TE Shannon Sharpe. Brooks broke into the open field and wasn’t pushed out of bounds until he had gotten the ball within inches of the goal line.
Drive Results: 0 yards gained on 3 plays, no points, ball turned over on interception.Tampa Bay Drive #4:
On first down from inside the one, the Bucs tried Alstott up the middle, but DE Peter Boulware got to Alstott immediately for a loss of two. However, Boulware was flagged for being offside and the Bucs got another first down even closer to the goal line.
This time, Brad Johnson took care of the matter himself, diving over the middle for a one-yard score.
Drive Results: 1 yard gained on 1 play, touchdown, Tampa Bay 16, Baltimore 7.Baltimore Drive #5:
Allen swept right on first down but the Bucs’ defense closed quickly, with LB Shelton Quarles trapping him for a loss of four.
Grbac stood in under a heavy rush on second down, then turned and threw a screen to the left to FB Sam Gash, who rumbled for 13 yards, just inches short of the first down.
Grbac snuck it up the middle himself on third down, getting just enough to move the sticks for a first down at the Ravens’ 41.
Grbac then found Sharpe on the right side for a gain of eight, getting the ball off just before Rice got him from behind.
Grbac looked for Sharpe again on second down, but Brooks and CB Ronde Barber dove in the way to break it up.
Barber was on the spot again on third down, as Grbac rolled right and tried to hit WR Brandon Stokley on the right sideline. Barber cut in front at the last second to bat the ball away.
Drive Results: 19 yards gained on 6 plays, no points, punt.Tampa Bay Drive #5:
After Richardson’s next punt went into the end zone, the Bucs ran Dunn on first down from the 20 and got two yards up the middle.
Dunn found a bigger hole on second down and sliced up it for a gain of 12 to the Bucs’ 34.
After throwing a short, two-yard pass to Moore, the Bucs then allowed the clock to run out on the half.
Second Quarter Notes: DE Simeon Rice’s second-quarter sack was his team-leading 11th of the season. He has eight QB takedowns in the Bucs’ last five games and 10 in the last eight contests…Rice’s sack extended Tampa Bay’s NFL-long streak of consecutive games with at least one sack to 43…LB Derrick Brooks’ second-quarter interception was his third of the season and the 12th of his career. He is now tied for ninth on the Bucs’ all-time interceptions chart.
Third Quarter ReportTampa Bay Drive #1:
Starting at their own 20, the Bucs opened with an outlet pass to FB Mike Alstott, who was knocked out of bounds at the 26 by S Corey Harris.
On second down, the Bucs tried to go back to a delayed handoff to RB Warrick Dunn, a play that found success in the first half, but the Ravens were ready this time and LB Jamie Sharper dropped Dunn for a three-yard loss.
Harris hit QB Brad Johnson as he threw on third-and-seven, and a right-sideline pass to WR Keyshawn Johnson sailed out of bounds.
Drive Results: 3 yards gained on 3 plays, no points, punt.Baltimore Drive #1:
Baltimore started at its own 42 after a short punt, but a first down pass over the middle to WR Travis Taylor was broken up by a diving Ronde Barber.
RB Terry Allen tested the middle on second down, but went nowhere when S Dexter Jackson met him at the line of scrimmage.
Jackson then blitzed on third-and-10 and found his mark, sacking QB Elvis Grbac for a loss of six back to the 36.
However, a roughing-the-kicker penalty on the resulting punt gave Baltimore a new set of downs at their own 41.
Allen found a seam up the middle on first down, picking up four yards, then picked up two more on a second-down carry off left tackle.
DE Steve White ended that set of downs by firing around the right tackle for a six-yard sack
Drive Results: 1 yard lost on 6 plays, no points, punt.Tampa Bay Drive #2:
WR Karl Williams turned the field position around with a dazzling play on the punt return, snaring a dangerous hopper and flying up the sideline for a runback of 30 yards to midfield.
Dunn made a nice cutback in the backfield to escape two Ravens tacklers on first down, ending up with a four-yard gain up the middle.
A swing pass to Dunn on the right side was good for seven yards and a first down when Dunn put his shoulder down and ran through CB Duane Starks for the final three yards.
A deep post to Keyshawn Johnson on first down gave the Bucs a crack at the end zone, but CB Chris McAlister knocked it away at the last instant.
Alstott had to elude several early tacklers on second down to bash off left guard for a gain of five yards.
A short pass to WR Jacquez Green on third-and-five was complete near the left sideline, but for just four yards. After a delay-of-game on the resulting field goal try, the Bucs decided to punt.
Drive Results: 15 yards gained on 5 plays, no points, punt.Baltimore Drive #2:
The Ravens were trapped at their own seven after the Bucs’ punt, but got out of that hole immediately with Grbac’s 15-yard pass over the middle to TE Todd Heap.
Allen bashed up the middle for four yards on the next snap before LB Jamie Duncan hauled him to the ground, but the Ravens gave the yardage back with a false start penalty.
Duncan was also on the spot on the next snap, when the Ravens tried a screen pass to RB Moe Williams, resulting in a completion for no gain and a third-and-11 from the 20.
A slant-in to WR Travis Taylor was complete on third down, but CB Donnie Abraham dragged him down a yard short of the sticks.
Drive Results: 24 yards gained on 4 plays, no points, punt.Tampa Bay Drive #3:
Williams returned the next punt 16 yards to the Bucs’ own 48 for yet another excellent drive start, and quickly got into Baltimore territory. A sweep left with G Cosey Coleman pulling to lead the way led to open field for Dunn, who picked up 15 yards to the Ravens’ 37.
The next play looked almost like instant replay, except that Alstott looks nothing like Dunn. Alstott started up the middle, then ran around an open left end for 11 more yards.
Knowing a good thing when they see it, the Bucs sent Alstott left again, with Coleman in front, and gained three more yards.
Sharper hit Alstott early on a carry up the middle on the next snap, limiting his gain to one yard.
On third-and-six, Johnson’s pass to the right side appeared to sail on him, going well out of bounds.
The Bucs tried to capitalize with a 40-yard field goal by Doug Brien, but he pushed it just a yard to the right.
Drive Results: 30 yards gained on 6 plays, no points, ball turned over on missed field goal.Baltimore Drive #3:
After the missed field goal, Baltimore took over at its own 30. On first down, Grbac escaped a near-sack by DE Simeon Rice and fired short over the middle to Allen for a gain of three.
Grbac got a big-gainer on second down, hitting Ismail right on the sideline between Abraham and Jackson for a gain of 25 to the Bucs’ 42.
Grbac followed with an 18-yard strike over the middle to Travis Taylor.
From the Bucs’ 24, Grbac handed off to Allen, who broke several tackles up the middle to get all the way to the Bucs’ two. The quarter then came to an end.
Fourth Quarter ReportBaltimore Drive #1:
With a first down at the Buccaneers’ two, the Ravens tried RB Terry Allen up the middle twice, but LB Derrick Brooks stopped both plays, one for one yard and one for none.
After a false-start penalty made it third-and-goal from the six, Elvis Grbac’s pass attempt to TE Todd Heap in the back of the end zone was too deep to be hauled in for the score. Baltimore settled for the field goal.
Drive Results: 64 yards gained on 8 plays, touchdown, Tampa Bay 16, Baltimore 10.Tampa Bay Drive #1:
On first down from their own 35, the Bucs tried to get a big chunk on the opening play, but a post over the middle to WR Keyshawn Johnson was overthrown.
After a three-yard run by RB Warrick Dunn, QB Brad Johnson absorbed a hit by blitzing LB Ray Lewis and delivered a clutch, 14-yard completion to WR Jacquez Green.
With a first down at the Ravens’ 47, the Bucs put the ball in FB Mike Alstott’s hands and he barreled up the middle for a gain of four.
The Bucs’ offensive line got a big opening push on second down and Alstott exploited it for a seven-yard gain and a first down at the Ravens’ 36.
Dunn sliced around the left end behind pulling guard Cosey Coleman on the next snap, picking up three yards.
The Bucs were flagged for illegal motion before the next official play, putting them in a second-and-12, then got three yards on a pass over the middle to Keyshawn Johnson.
On third-and-nine, Johnson’s deep crossing pass to Green was just out of the receiver’s reach, forcing a punt.
Drive Results: 30 yards gained on 8 plays, no points, punt.Baltimore Drive #2:
Starting at their own two with 8:35 left after another excellent punt-and-catch by Mark Royals and Dwight Smith, the Ravens ran Allen up the middle for a very nice four-yard gain on first down.
DT Anthony McFarland’s quick penetration on second down led to a gain of no yards by Allen on second down.
A perfectly-thrown comebacker by Grbac to WR Travis Taylor rescued the Ravens, giving them a first down at the 15.
A dumpoff over the middle to Allen worked well for Baltimore, picking up nine yards to the 24, and Allen’s run up the middle moved the chains with a two-yard gain.
A holding penalty moved Baltimore back to its own 16, and the Ravens tried a draw play to RB Moe Williams, which was good for just two yards.
McFarland and DT Warren Sapp then turned in a big play for the Bucs’ defense, busting through for a combined seven-yard sack.
On third-and-25, the Ravens conservatively ran another draw to Williams, and it picked up nine yards before CB Ronde Barber put him on the ground at the Baltimore 20.
Drive Results: 18 yards gained on 6 plays, no points, punt.Tampa Bay Drive #2:
Opening at their own 49, the Bucs played it cautiously with a handoff to Dunn, and he ran around for awhile for no gain. The Ravens called a timeout with 3:23 remaining.
The Bucs tried to run an outlet pass to FB Jameel Cook, but it was well-covered and Johnson’s pass was incomplete.
The Bucs thus had to throw on third-and-10, and the Ravens dropped nine men into coverage, blanketing the men downfield and forcing Johnson to throw it out deep out of everyone’s reach.
Drive Results: 0 yards gained on 3 plays, no points, punt.Baltimore Drive #3:
The Ravens took over at their own 12 with 2:56 remaining and two timeouts to their credit.
A short pass over the middle to WR Qadry Ismail gained the Ravens eight yards, and they moved the chains on the next snap with a six-yard toss to TE Shannon Sharpe.
Grbac then tried to hit Taylor up the right sideline but it was overthrown.
With 2:10 remaining, Grbac threw a five-yard out to Sharpe, who got out of bounds with 2:04 remaining.
In an amazingly gutsy move, the Bucs brought S Dexter Jackson and Brooks on a blitz from the left, and Jackson got to Grbac almost immediately, sacking him at the Baltimore 26 for a loss of five. The two-minute warning then arrived.
On fourth-and-10, a quick pass rush forced Grbac to throw underneath to Ismail, and Brooks tackled him immediately after a gain of just five, ending the drive at the 31.
Drive Results: 19 yards gained on 6 plays, no points, ball turned over on downs.Tampa Bay Drive #3:
Alstott tried the middle on first down and lost one yard, but did force Baltimore to call its second timeout with 1:48 remaining.
Wanting mainly to run out the clock, the Bucs got much more on second down when Alstott started left, found an opening and rumbled 32 yards for a touchdown. The Bucs went for two and failed.
Drive Results: 31 yards gained on 2 plays, touchdown, Tampa Bay 22, Baltimore 10.Tampa Bay Drive #4:
On the ensuing kickoff, the Bucs pooched a short kickoff and got the ball back when RB Rabih Abdullah forced offensive lineman Orlando Bobo to fumble, then recovered the loose ball at Baltimore’s 36.
Two kneel-downs by Johnson finished the game.