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Tampa Bay relied on proven stars on defense (Simeon Rice, Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks) and new heroes on offense (Todd Yoder and Will Heller) to beat Washington, 35-13


TE Todd Yoder's first two career touchdown receptions helped a banged-up Bucs offense stay hot in Washington

Tampa Bay relied on proven stars on defense (Simeon Rice, Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks) and new heroes on offense (Todd Yoder and Will Heller) to beat Washington, 35-13

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defense was looking for redemption. The Buccaneers' offense was simply looking for a live body to catch the ball.

Both found what they were looking for Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field and the visiting Buccaneers came away with a 35-13 victory over the Washington Redskins that was close until a dominant fourth quarter. Speaking of road dominance, the Buccaneers have now won five consecutive away games, a franchise record dating back to last December.

But back to the team's missions in Washington. The proud Buccaneer defense, which had slipped out of the league's top spot after Monday's shootout with the Colts, wanted to prove that its prime-time meltdown was a fluke. The Bucs' offense, growing in confidence each week but badly beaten up at the skill positions, had to prove they could continue their hot streak with a lot of new faces in key roles.

So, enter heroes new and old.

On defense, Pro Bowlers Simeon Rice and Warren Sapp led a six-sack charge, Rice picking up four of them to set a personal high and tie the club's single-game record. Sapp got the other two sacks, his first two of the season and an emphatic answer for a midweek challenge from Washington LB LaVar Arrington.

On offense, the Bucs' four-touchdown afternoon (a fifth score came courtesy of yet another Derrick Brooks interception return) was led by the heretofore little-known tight end pair of Todd Yoder and Will Heller.

Yoder, who had all of eight receptions in his four-year career entering Sunday's game, none for touchdowns, caught four passes for 28 yards and two scores. In addition to his scoring receptions of one and 11 yards, Yoder also set up the Bucs' third touchdown with a tackle-breaking run on a third-and-eight catch that earned a first down at the Redskin six.

Two plays later, TE Will Heller, a rookie free agent who played zero offensive snaps in Monday's five-quarter affair, turned his first NFL catch into a four-yard touchdown that gave Tampa Bay a 21-13 lead with nine minutes to go. The outstanding contributions from Yoder and Heller were necessary after starting TE Ken Dilger was lost to a foot sprain in the first quarter.

Coming in, the Bucs were hobbled on offense, with FB Mike Alstott and TE Rickey Dudley out for the season, WR Joe Jurevicius sidelined for six weeks or so and WR Karl Williams, WR Keyshawn Johnson and RB Aaron Stecker all nursing injuries. The result was a wide variety of formations and personnel groupings that relied more heavily on not just Yoder and Heller but also FB Jameel Cook (three catches for 29 yards) and RB Thomas Jones (44 combined rushing and receiving yards).

Of course, the offense also had an old standby in red-hot quarterback Brad Johnson. Though the Bucs started slowly, with just 84 yards of offense at the half, they came on strong in the second half and, befitting of the league's third-ranked attack, finished with 379 total yards, including 268 through the air. For the fourth time in five games, Johnson was not sacked.

That gave the Pro Bowler time to complete 22 of 30 passes for 268 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Since the beginning of the 2002 season, Johnson has tossed 34 touchdowns against just nine interceptions. Johnson's fourth scoring pass of the afternoon was a 39-yard bomb to Keyshawn Johnson on which he looked right, then left before finally lobbing a deep pass over the middle to the streaking receiver.

K. Johnson finished with 80 yards on four receptions, playing through a deep thigh bruise that had him on the injury report all week. WR Keenan McCardell made several dazzling, over-the-shoulder catches during the Bucs' second and third touchdown drives of the day and finished with a team-high five receptions for 77 yards.

Tampa Bay's defense also started slowly, allowing Washington to control the clock for over 13 minutes in the first quarter. The Bucs appeared to still be suffering from a Monday night hangover, as they were out-gained 111 yards to five.

Tampa Bay had the ball just once in the period, a three-and-out sandwiched around two sustained Washington drives. As in the fatal overtime period against Indianapolis, the Bucs couldn't get off the field on third down, allowing five straight third-down conversions in the quarter. However, Rice ended the first drive with a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery and Brooks forced Washington into a field goal on the second drive with a successful third-down blitz.

Rice was just getting started. He sacked Ramsey twice more and former Buc Rob Johnson once, and also got pressure on Ramsey as he threw a deep pass that was intercepted by Dwight Smith near the end of the third quarter. Smith, starting at right cornerback instead of free safety with Brian Kelly out, finished with seven tackles, an interception and two passes defensed.

The two defensive stops in the first quarter allowed the Bucs to overcome their statistical disadvantage and take a lead on the scoreboard with an 85-yard, nine-minute march in the second quarter. That drive was extended by a roughing-the-passer call on former Buccaneer Regan Upshaw, allowing QB Brad Johnson to hit Yoder with a one-yard scoring pass on a perfectly-executed second-down rollout.

It looked as if the Bucs might take that 7-3 lead into halftime until a season-long problem reared its head again.

The oft-penalized Bucs drew just three flags in the first half, but one of them was very poorly timed. With the second-quarter clock past the two-minute warning, Sapp sacked QB Patrick Ramsey from behind on third-and-14, apparently ending Washington's drive on the far side of midfield.

However, DE Greg Spires hit Ramsey with his helmet as the quarterback landed and the yellow hankies shot out instantly. The personal foul on Spires gave Washington a first down at the Bucs' 39, and the Redskins needed seven plays from there to get it in the end zone. Ramsey gave Washington the 10-7 lead with a one-yard toss to Darnerian McCants, but the big play was a 22-yard catch-and-run by Rod Gardner after S John Lynch tried unsuccessfully for the interception.

The Redskins also scored first in the second half, again thanks to a Buccaneer penalty. This time, Rice's third sack of the game had helped force a punt from Tampa Bay's 38, but Smith lined up offside and, with five less yards to the goal posts, Washington elected to go for three. It proved to be a good decision when John Hall, the New York Jet import with the big leg, easily nailed a 51-yarder, giving Washington a 13-7 lead.

Washington would not score again. After the Yoder, Heller and Johnson scores, the Brooks provided the knockout blow with his 44-yard return of a shoestring interception in the fourth quarter. DT Anthony McFarland had forced Ramsey's off-target throw by grabbing him from behind with one arm and yanking just as the quarterback released.

With the victory, the Bucs move to 3-2, while the 4-0 Carolina Panthers were in overtime against the Indianapolis Colts. They have still not lost consecutive games since Jon Gruden took over as head coach in 2002, going 6-0 after losses, five of those bounce-back wins coming on the road. The Bucs have allowed only two offensive touchdowns in three games away from home this year.

Notes: The Buccaneer defense has had at least one takeaway in 46 consecutive games, a streak that was extended against Washington by DE Simeon Rice's fumble recovery in the first quarter. That streak is the second longest in the NFL since 1983; the longest is Philadelphia's 71 from 1985-90. … Tampa Bay also pushed its streak of consecutive games with at least one sack to 65 games on the same play. Rice had forced the fumble when he sacked QB Patrick Ramsey. The Bucs moved one game closer to the record in that category, established at 68 games by Dallas from 1976-80. … Strangely, the Bucs are in the midst of an eight-game streak in which the visiting team has won every contest. That unusual run began last December when Tampa Bay won at Detroit, then extended through the end of the 2002 season with a home loss to Pittsburgh and a road win at Chicago. This season, all five of Tampa Bay's games have been won by the visiting squad. … WR Keyshawn Johnson is now just two receptions shy of moving into fourth place on the Bucs' all-time receptions list on Saturday, standing a single catch behind TE Jimmie Giles (279). With four catches against the Redskins, Johnson pushed his total in three-plus seasons as a Buccaneer to 278. Johnson won't have far to go to take over third place, either, as Kevin House is just ahead at 286. … CB Brian Kelly, who sustained a pectoral injury last Monday against Indianapolis was one of the Bucs' eight game-day inactives. Kelly thus missed a game for the first time in his six-year NFL career. After the Bucs' drafted Kelly in the second round in 1998 he went on to play in the team's next 84 regular-season contests. … The Bucs are now 5-6 all-time against the Redskins, but they have the series edge in total points, 207-190 … Rookie DE Dewayne White was active for the first time after being one of eight game-day inactives through the Bucs' first four contests. White played primarily on special teams. … TE Todd Yoder's one-yard scoring reception in the second quarter may have been the first receiving score of his career. However, it was his second NFL touchdown, as he also scored on a return of a blocked punt at Cincinnati on December 2, 2001. Yoder later got his second career TD catch on an 11-yarder in the third quarter. … Tampa Bay's scoring drive in the second quarter was the team's longest touchdown march of the season in terms of both plays (16) and time (8:52). The 85 yards covered matched that of a touchdown march last Monday against Indianapolis which ended in WR Keenan McCardell's 15-yard catch. … G Kerry Jenkins, a starter last year at left guard but a reserve so far in 2003, was inserted into starting lineup on several occasions in Washington. Each time, Jenkins went back to left guard and Cosey Coleman switched over to right guard, with Jason Whittle coming out. … LB Derrick Brooks' 44-yard interception return in the fourth quarter was his seventh career defensive touchdown, including one in the postseason. Six of those seven have come on interceptions, all but one of them since the beginning of the 2002 season.

Injury Updates: TE Ken Dilger left the game in the first quarter with a foot sprain and did not return.

Quarter Reports: During Sunday's game, Buccaneers.com provided game updates at the end of each quarter. Those updates follow to offer a closer look at the game's key plays.

First Quarter Update

Washington controlled the ball and the clock for almost the entire first quarter, gaining 111 yards to the Buccaneers' five. However, one takeaway and one red zone stop limited the damage to a single field goal and the Bucs came out of the first quarter trailing just 3-0.

Washington won the toss and elected to receive, with Martin Gramatica's kick bouncing through the back of the end zone for a touchback.

The Redskins' first play worked well for the home team, as RB Trung Canidate found a wide-open gap around left tackle and exploited it for nine yards. Canidate started left then cut back to the middle on second down to pick up three yards and a first down at the Redskins' 32.

QB Patrick Ramsey called an audible on first down and it worked to perfection, as Rod Gardner's quick slant picked up an easy nine yards. The Bucs' first notable defensive play came on the next snap, as DE Greg Spires shot through the line to drop Canidate for a loss of one. On third-and-two, Canidate sliced wide around the left side and got 12 yards, with CB Dwight Smith preventing a bigger gain by catching the back from behind.

The Bucs blitzed on first down from the Bucs' 48, but Ramsey saw it and threw a five-yard slant to Gardner. RB Ladell Betts took a handoff out of the shotgun on the next snap and rushed up the middle for four-plus yards. He was stopped just inches short of the sticks by CB Ronde Barber, but FB Rock Cartwright slammed up the middle for just enough for a first down on the next snap.

The Redskins' drive was moving right along until DE Simeon Rice got involved. On first down from the Bucs' 37, Rice shot around the left tackle and buried Ramsey from behind, forcing a fumble. Most of the players on the field were unaware of the ball's location as it bounced towards midfield, but Rice got up, chased it down and fell on it at the Redskins' 45 for the game's first turnover.

The Bucs opened their first drive in a power package and tried to run Michael Pittman to the right, but he was swarmed over for a loss of one. QB Brad Johnson threw a six-yard completion to TE Ken Dilger on his first pass, but a third-down try to Dilger over the middle was out of reach and incomplete. Tom Tupa came in to punt and Chad Morton fair caught the ball at the Redskins' nine.

Washington started its second drive with a receiver screen to Laveranues Coles, which was well-blocked, though LB Ryan Nece made a nice tackle from behind to keep the gain to six yards. A quick pass to Gardner on the right got five more, and the Redskins were fortunate when the fumble caused by Barber rolled out of bounds.

From the 20, the Redskins tried a receiver screen that Canidate dropped, and the same back lost a yard on a second down carry behind right guard. However, on third-and-11, Ramsey found WR Darnerian McCants over the middle and hit him on the run for gain of 29 out to the Redskins' 48.

A delayed handoff to Canidate on first down didn't fool the Bucs, who wrapped him up for no gain. Before the second-down snap, C Larry Moore was flagged for a false start, and an out to Patrick Johnson was incomplete. On third-and-15 from the Redskins' 43, Ramsey enjoyed a firm pocket and used it to find Coles over the middle for a gain of 16 and a first down at the Bucs' 41.

Blitzing safety Jermaine Phillips dropped Betts for no gain on first down, but Ramsey got a short pass off under pressure that Cartwright turned into a gain of eight. On third-and-two, a very quick slant to McCants picked up seven more. On first down from the Bucs' 26, Ramsey hit Gardner for a gain of nine, but his hard second down pass to McCants was incomplete. On third-and-one from the Bucs' 17, after a Washington timeout, Cartwright easily got the first down with a two-yard power run over left guard.

From the Bucs' 15, another two-yard run by Betts made it second-and-eight, and a false start cost the Redskins five yards. The Bucs blitzed on second-and-13 and Ramsey smartly threw a quick pass out to Coles on the right, but Barber made an excellent arm tackle to divert disaster. A third-down blitz by LB Derrick Brooks worked perfectly, as Brooks hit Ramsey just in time to force an errant pass and an incompletion. K John Hall came on to boot a 33-yard field goal, giving Washington a 3-0 lead.

RB Aaron Stecker gave the Bucs a nice return on the ensuing kickoff, but most of it was erased on a holding penalty, forcing the Bucs to start at their own 15. The Bucs ran one play, a Pittman run right after a five-yard encroachment penalty on Washington which ended up in no gain after the back's fumble was recovered by Dilger, and the first quarter came to an end.

Second Quarter Update

The Bucs rebounded well in the second quarter, driving the length of the field for a go-ahead touchdown after a lopsided first quarter. However, a poorly-timed roughing-the-passer penalty by the Bucs' defense extended a late Washington drive that ended in the end zone. That touchdown gave the Redskins a 10-7 lead heading into halftime.

The second quarter began with the Bucs at their own 20, facing second-and-four, and RB Michael Pittman picked up three by cutting to the left side. Pittman dove high over the middle on third-and-one to give the Bucs their initial first down of the game.

The Bucs then went without a huddle, though they spent a lot of time shifting formations at the line of scrimmage before Brad Johnson's 13-yard pass to Pittman. From the Bucs' 39, the Bucs tried a quick outlet pass to FB Jameel Cook but S Matt Bowen reacted very quickly and almost picked it off. After Pittman's three-yard carry, the Bucs brought RB Thomas Jones onto the field and threw a pass to him in the right flat for a gain of 11, helped by Cook's downfield blocking.

From the Redskins' 47, a quick out to WR Keenan McCardell picked up eight yards. On second-and-two, the Bucs brought in a power package but Johnson dropped back to pass and eventually found Cook wide open on the right sideline for a gain of 14. On the next snap, Pittman tried the middle for the first time and ran hard for 16 yards to the Washington nine.

Two plays later, a defensive holding penalty on Washington gave the Bucs a first down at the five. However, Pittman fumbled the next handoff, resulting in a loss of eight yards. A second-and-13 pass to Cook picked up only two thanks to Champ Bailey's hard and immediate tackle, and the Bucs then used their first timeout. An eight-yard pass to TE Todd Yoder came up short of the goal line, but the Bucs got a fresh set of downs thanks to DE Regan Upshaw's personal foul for hitting Johnson late.

From the one, the Bucs used a package involving DTs Warren Sapp and Anthony McFarland, but Pittman was tripped up for no gain. On second down, Pittman sold a play-action fake with a high dive over the line, after which Johnson rolled left and hit a wide-open Todd Yoder for the one-yard touchdown.

Martin Gramatica's ensuing kickoff was shanked out of bounds on the left side, giving Washington possession at its own 40. However, the Redskins' first two plays, Trung Canidate runs up the middle gained a total of just five yards. On third-and-five, pressure from the backside forced QB Patrick Ramsey into a quick throw behind WR Darnerian McCants, who was cutting across the middle of the field.

CB Tim Wansley momentarily muffed the following punt, but picked it up in time to return it 11 yards to the Bucs' 20.

The Bucs tried a short pass over the middle to Cook on first down, but the fullback was hit hard by LB Jeremiah Trotter as he tried unsuccessfully to haul in a deflected pass. Pittman gashed over right end for eight yards on second down, but a third-down pass was overthrown thanks to tight coverage. The Bucs had to punt and Chad Morton returned Tom Tupa's 46-yard kick 12 yards to the Redskins' 38. CB Dwight smith leaped high to break up a first-down pass to Laveranues Coles on the sideline, but Ramsey found McCants for 14 yards over the middle on second down.

RB Ladell Betts got three yards up the middle, down to the Bucs' 45, but DE Simeon Rice made a diving leg-tackle on second down for a seven-yard sack, his second of the game. On third-and-14, after the two-minute warning, Sapp sacked Ramsey but DE Greg Spires then hit the quarter on the ground, drawing a personal foul and extending the drive. The 15-yard penalty gave Washington a first down at the Bucs' 39, and a Betts run up the middle picked up eight.

After an incompletion to Gardner near the goal line, Betts picked up four more yards to gain a first down at the Bucs' 31. Tampa Bay used its second timeout with 45 seconds left as they appeared to be confused with their defensive alignment. After the break, CB Corey Ivy nearly intercepted a short pass to Gardner, then helped stop Betts on a run around right end for four yards.

On the next snap, S John Lynch faked a blitz then tried to jump a quick slant. Lynch just missed the interception, but the gamble allowed Gardner to run free to the Bucs' two-yard line. With a first-and-goal at the two and 17 seconds to play, Ramsey faked a handoff and threw a shallow pass to McCants for the go-ahead touchdown.

A kickoff and a kneel-down ended the half.

Third Quarter Update

The third quarter started slow for the Buccaneers but ended well, as they took a 14-13 lead and had the ball in scoring position again when the period ended. Held in check for much of the first half, the Buccaneer offense began ripping off 20-yard chunks of offense and finished the third quarter ahead in yardage 255-212. When the quarter came to an end, the Bucs had a second-and-eight at the Redskins' 14.

The Bucs got the ball to start the second half, and a face-mask penalty helped them start at their own 36. However, two passes to RB Michael Pittman were incomplete, setting up third-and-10. QB Brad Johnson hit WR Keyshawn Johnson on a crossing route, but CB Fred Smoot cut K. Johnson's legs out from under him to stop the play a yard short of the first-down line.

Tampa Bay failed to gain any field position advantage when Tom Tupa's punt angled too severely and went out of bounds at the Redskins' 35, just 20 yards downfield.

QB Patrick Ramsey and WR Rod Gardner hooked up on a 10-yard completion despite a hit on Ramsey's end and tight coverage on Gardner's end. A Ladell Betts run picked up four yards, and a receiver screen to Laveranues Coles worked like a charm, picking up nine yards to the Bucs' 42.

Betts' next run gained nothing, and DE Simeon Rice got his third sack of the game on the next play for a loss of three yards. Ramsey completed a seven-yard pass to Betts, but the Redskins chose to punt from the Bucs' 38. However, after the Bucs jumped offside, the Redskins changed their minds and went for a 51-yard field goal, which John Hall nailed with room to spare.

After a touchback, the Bucs started at their own 20 and picked up three yards on a Pittman middle run. WR Keenan McCardell gained six yards on a second-down catch, but was then flagged for taunting, pushing the Bucs into a third-and-15 from their own 15. Tampa Bay moved the sticks, however, by throwing an outlet pass to Pittman that the back carried up the left sideline for a gain of 19.

From the Bucs' 33, Johnson then faked a handoff to Thomas Jones and threw a perfect deep out K. Johnson for a gain of 21 to the Redskins' 46. B. Johnson faked to Jones again on the next play and lobbed a pass down the left seam on which McCardell made a wonderful adjustment to catch it for a 27-yard gain.

A pump-and-go to Pittman on the left sideline fooled the Washington defense but was unfortunately overthrown. Jones then got eight yards on a tackle-breaking run off left tackle, setting up third-and-two at the 11. The Bucs not only got the first down but also got the ball into the end zone on the next play, as Johnson faked a handoff to Jones, rolled right and found a wide-open Todd Yoder. Yoder jogged uncontested into the end zone for his second touchdown of the day.

The Redskins started fresh at their own 33 and picked up a quick 22 into Tampa Bay territory on yet another receiver screen to Coles. S John Lynch made a saving tackle from behind and that proved big when, on the next play, CB Dwight Smith intercepted a deep pass intended for Gardner.

Smith was touched down on his pick at the Bucs' nine, but Tampa Bay got a quick 13-yards on a play-action pass to FB Jameel Cook. A quick slide left in the backfield allowed Pittman to pick up eight yards on a first-down run, and appeared to move the chains on second down before a holding penalty on Kerry Jenkins pushed the Bucs back to their own 20.

Tampa Bay had to call a timeout before its next snap, then got just two yards on a pass to Pittman ad Johnson was hit from behind as he threw and Pittman was tackled just as he made a shoestring catch. On third-and-10, Johnson threw a pass that to the naked eye appeared to be headed to a well-covered Pittman before McCardell flashed into the picture and made an over-the-shoulder catch for a 23-yard gain.

From the Bucs' 45, Johnson then pitched to Jones, who ran right, got around the corner and dashed up the sideline for a gain of 23. A late hit tacked on 15 yards to the Redskins' 27, and Johnson scrambled up the middle for four yards on first down. On second-and-six, Pittman picked his way through traffic around left end for a gain of seven and a first down at the Redskins' 16.

Jones got two yards plunging up the middle and that ended the third quarter.

Fourth Quarter Update

The fourth quarter at FedEx Field Sunday afternoon was all Tampa Bay, turning a 14-13 nail-biter into a 35-13 blowout of the Washington Redskins. Tampa Bay scored on two long drives and capped the victory with their third defensive touchdown in the last two weeks.

The Bucs had the ball on the Redskins' 14 to start the fourth quarter, facing a second-and-eight. QB Brad Johnson's attempted slant to WR Keyshawn Johnson was thrown behind the receiver, but on third down TE Todd Yoder took a short pass and fought through several Washington tacklers to get just enough for a first down at the six.

RB Michael Pittman got the first down carry and went around right tackle for two yards. On second down, B. Johnson faked a pitch left to Pittman, then rolled right and hit TE Will Heller on the run. Heller, on his first career reception, bashed his way through Redskin tacklers at the goal line to give the Bucs a touchdown and a 21-13 lead.

Chad Morton grabbed some momentum back for Washington by returning the ensuing kickoff 37 yards from the goal line. The Redskins had to burn a timeout before their first play, then got just three yards on a pass over the middle to WR Rod Gardner. A holding penalty forced Washington into a second-and-17, and a late-developing screen to TE Byron Chamberlain picked up just two yards. Patrick Ramsey's third-down pass to WR Darnerian McCants hung in the air long enough to allow S Jermaine Phillips to almost make a leaping interception. On the ensuing punt, CB Tim Wansley called for a fair catch at the Bucs' 30.

With just under 12 minutes left, the Bucs started with a quick pass in the left flat to WR Keenan McCardell for a gain of 13. A pitch right to Pittman worked for a five-yard gain, and a drag over the middle to K. Johnson picked up 11 more and a first down at the Washington 41.

On the very next snap, B. Johnson took the snap and pumped right before looking back to his left. Still not finding an immediate open man, Johnson suddenly threw a long, high pass down the middle of the field, and K. Johnson ran under it for a 39-yard touchdown. That gave the Bucs a 28-13 lead with under nine minutes to play.

After a touchback, the Redskins started again at their own 20 and got just one yard on a Ladell Betts run off right guard. Ramsey followed with a 15-yard strike to Chamberlain, but a holding penalty cost Washington 10 yards and a delayed handoff to Betts was good for just one yard. A middle screen to Betts picked up eight yards, but Ramsey's next pass ended up going in the other direction.

DT Anthony McFarland came around behind Ramsey and grabbed him with one arm, yanking him backward. That helped knock Ramsey's pass off target, and it was picked off by LB Derrick Brooks, who made a fabulous catch of the low throw and returned it down the right sideline for a 44-yard touchdown.

Former Buc Rob Johnson came in to lead the next Washington drive, beginning at the Redskins' 22. Two runs by Betts picked up seven yards, and Johnson threw an 11-yard strike to Gardner for a first down at the 40. Johnson and Gardner hooked up again on the right side for 14 more yards.

From he Bucs' 46, Johnson found Chamberlain for a gain of six, but DT Warren Sapp sacked him on the next play for a loss of three. After a Washington timeout, a quick in to WR Laveranues Coles picked up four yards, setting up fourth-and-three. DE Simeon Rice did the honors on fourth down, sacking Johnson from behind for his career-best fourth sack of the day.

The Bucs then took over at their own 45, and a run for a loss of one by Pittman brought on the two-minute warning. Thomas Jones then followed the break with an 11-yard run up the middle and a first down at the Washington 45. Pittman got the next carry and almost broke out into the open, still gaining 13 yards and another first down. Aaron Stecker completed the running back trio with a 13-yard run around right end, which ended the game.

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