Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Halftime Report: Buccaneers vs. Lions

In two quarters ridden with turnovers and penalties on both sides, the Bucs trail the Lions 14-7 at the half.

Pictures from the Buccaneers' Week 14 matchup with the Lions.

Tampa Bay won the toss and elected to defer at kickoff. Detroit's first possession resulted in a quick three-and-out, thanks in part to a big tackle of Lions' running back Tion Green by rookie linebacker Kendell Beckwith on third-down and 1.

Bucs' running back Doug Martin, in his first game back from a concussion, started a Tampa Bay drive that would also result in a three-and-out.

The Lions wouldn't leave the field on their next possession empty-handed. Detroit drove 74 yards on seven plays, putting seven on the board on a 2-yard run by running back Theo Riddick, jumping to an early lead with 8:05 left in the first quarter.

The Buccaneers answered with a touchdown of their own, punching in a one-yard run by Doug Martin with 2:51 left in the first quarter. Winston connected with four different receivers on the drive, including a big 21-yard gain by the rookie tight end O.J. Howard.

On the ensuing drive, Detroit receiver Eric Ebron fumbled the ball at Detroit's 34-yard line, which was recovered by linebacker Lavonte David, his fifth fumble recovery of the season. David's five fumble recoveries set a new Bucs' record for single-season fumble recoveries.

Tampa Bay took over and in a bizarre on-field sequence, Detroit went from receiving a 15-yard personal foul penalty for hitting a defenseless receiver, as Bucs' tight end O.J. Howard was hit at the Detroit 38-yard line, to a Lions' challenge of an incomplete pass that resulted in a Tampa Bay fumble and Detroit recovery.

Detroit would come up empty and hand the ball back to the Buccaneers before quarterback Jameis Winston would be picked off by Detroit cornerback Darius Slay. Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford then connected with receiver Marvin Jones for a 38-yard gain. That pass put Detroit at the Tampa Bay 5-yard line to set the Lions' touchdown pass to receiver Golden Tate and put Detroit up 14-7 with 7:36 left in the half.

Tampa Bay would get to the Detroit 23-yard line before running back Doug Martin fumbled the ball on third-and-1 with 3:31 left in the second quarter.

However, Detroit gave the ball right back as Bucs' cornerback Brent Grimes made a spectacular leaping interception of Matthew Stafford, stalling the Lions and giving Tampa Bay the ball back with 1:51 left to play.

The Bucs wouldn't be able to capitalize and punted the ball away. As Detroit threatened on their last possession of the half, Tampa Bay cornerback Robert McClain would pick off Stafford again, leaving the score 14-7 as time expired.

Tampa Bay will receive the ball to start the second half.

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