Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Game Awards: Bucs Take Down Steelers

Game Ball


**In the locker room after the game, DT Gerald McCoy presented the game ball to Head Coach Lovie Smith on the occasion of his first win as the team's head coach. Smith said he would accept it for the team as a whole. In terms of the play between the lines, the game ball goes to second-year QB Mike Glennon, who recorded his first 300-yard passing game in the NFL. The Bucs needed every one of them, especially the 41 he got on a pass to Louis Murphy in the game's final 30 seconds and the five he covered with the game-winning touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson. The Buccaneers' offense struggled after a quick start but Glennon stayed calm and composed and led the team on a series of long drives in the second half.

Turning Point

P Brad Wing's shanked 26-yard punt with 40 seconds left in the game. That shortened the field for the Bucs' game-winning drive and sent them out with confidence that they had time to get the job done. It was all Bucs from there, with Glennon hitting Murphy down the middle and Jackson in the end zone. The offense was fully composed throughout that drive, and the workable field position surely had a lot to do with that.

Play of the Game


**There are dozens of choices, including Russell Shepard's first career catch that converted a key third-down in the fourth quarter; DE Michael Johnson's sack and forced fumble that set up the game's first score; Mike Evans' dazzling catch to get that score; and many others. However, the Bucs lose if they don't score in the game's final seconds, so Jackson's diving catch in the left half of the end zone gets the award.

It Was Over When

The review of Jackson's touchdown catch came back positive. There were only seven seconds left after that, time enough for just a Michael Koenen touchback and a no-chance multiple-pitch play by Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers' offense.

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