Pictures from the Buccaneers' Week 5 matchup with the Patriots.
Game Ball:** The Buccaneers didn't find any consistent offensive rhythm until their final two drives, but that wasn't due to any rust on running back Doug Martin's wheels. Playing in a regular-season game for the first time since last December, Martin jumped right back into the mix with a series of sharp cuts that helped him gain 74 yards on 13 carries. Martin averaged 5.7 yards per tote and scored the game's first touchdown on a one-yard dive over the goal line in the second quarter, moments after he had sliced and diced through the defense for what was originally ruled an 11-yard score.
Play of the Game:** For the Buccaneers, it was probably Jameis Winston's 18-yard touchdown pass through traffic to tight end Cam Brate with just over two-minutes to play. That gave the home team a shot to win despite its offensive struggles for much of the night. However, it was the Patriots who came out on top, and that was true despite the fact that the league's second-highest scoring attack only found the end zone one time. It did so thanks to a perfectly thrown "wheel route" from Tom Brady to running back James White in the second quarter, which resulted in a 24-yard gain to the Buccaneers' 18-yard line despite impressive coverage from defensive end Ryan Russell. New England scored three plays later and never trailed again.
Turning Point: **Despite struggling throughout the first half on offense, the Buccaneers were only down by six to start the third quarter, and they had the ball first. On third-and-three on the first series of the second half, WR DeSean Jackson sprinted past the defense on the right sideline and Winston looked in his direction. The pass, however, was a few yards too deep and the Bucs had to punt. New England scored a field goal on the ensuing possession to take a two-score lead, which proved to be enough in the long run.
It Was Over When: For the second week in a row, the Buccaneers' game came down to the final second. This time, it was a last-ditch pass attempt from the Patriots' 19-yard line, with the ball snapped at the three-second mark. The Patriots' defense was able to keep the pass from getting to tight end O.J. Howard, and that was that.