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Game Awards: Bucs vs. Browns


Game Ball**

Rookie WR Mike Evans scored both of the Bucs' touchdowns on 24-yard catches, as part of a career-best seven-catch, 124-yard day. His first touchdown gave the visiting team a lead it took into halftime, and his second put the Bucs back on top after they had fallen behind in the third quarter. It appears increasingly obvious that QB Mike Glennon feels comfortable throwing the ball up in Evans direction, even with a defender on the receiver's hip, knowing that his man has a good chance of coming down with it. Evans day could have been even bigger; there were two plays in the first half when he appeared to be behind the defense and headed to the end zone but Glennon's pass failed to get to him.

Play of the Game
Trailing by one point six minutes into the fourth quarter, the Browns had a second-and-nine at Tampa Bay's 34. Good pressure by the Bucs' defense sent the play into immediate disarray, but rookie WR Taylor Gabriel saw the opportunity and immediately broke upfield. At the same time, CB Alterraun Verner had broken on Gabriel's initial position. Those two motions resulted in Gabriel breaking free down the field and Hoyer saw him and easily lofted a 34-yard TD pass in his direction.


Turning Point**
After the Bucs had taken a 17-16 lead in the third quarter, they had a chance to put Cleveland in a bad situation midway through the final period after DT Clinton McDonald intercepted a deflected pass. However, an attempted punt by Michael Koenen was deflected just off his foot by LB Craig Robertson and it traveled only one yard. That gave Cleveland prime field position to score the go-ahead points on Gabriel's touchdown.

It Was Over When
Actually, there were quite a few turning points in Sunday's game; unfortunately for the Buccaneers it was Cleveland that was on the happy end of the last one. Tampa Bay's final drive began at its own 23 with plenty of time, and a 31-yard catch by Evans got the visitors immediately into Browns territory. Another nine-yard grab by Evans made it second-and-one at the Cleveland 37. After two incompletions, the Bucs faced a do-and-die fourth-and-one. Evans converted with a short catch but the play was erased by an offensive pass-interference penalty and the Bucs couldn't move the chains on fourth-and-11. They never had the ball again.

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