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Late Freeze

Tampa Bay rallies, then stumbles in its dress rehearsal for the playoffs, losing 17-14 in overtime to the Packers in sub-zero Lambeau Field temperatures


S John Lynch's fourth-quarter interception helped the Bucs tie the game, before it was lost in overtime

Did the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lose to the cold weather on Sunday?

Only if the elements contributed to two dropped potential interceptions, a myriad of errant passes in the early going and a missed field goal at the end of regulation. While that opinion will surely be advanced in the coming days, the Bucs don't buy it. To them, a 17-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers in frigid Lambeau Field was the product of a lack of execution.

And the product of that loss? Another road trip next week.

Tampa Bay, 10-6, must now hit the highway for their opening playoff round, visiting Philadelphia next weekend for a matchup of the fourth and fifth Wild Card teams. The Bucs loss also handed Minnesota the 2000 NFC Central Division title, even before the Vikings had to take the field for their own finale in Indianapolis. Wins by St. Louis and Chicago allowed the Rams to take the sixth and final playoff spot and eliminated the Packers.

Backing up the Bucs' contention that the weather was not a factor was the team's spirited second-half comeback as the mercury continued to drop. Trailing 14-0 late in the third quarter, the Bucs used four second-half turnovers to forge a tie by midway through the final period.

Tampa Bay knotted the game at 14-14 with 7:50 remaining, as Martin Gramatica hit a 43-yard field goal into the teeth of a 15 mph wind.

With 14 seconds remaining, Gramatica also had a chance to win the game with a 40-yarder, set up by LB Jamie Duncan's interception, but the kick sailed about five feet to the right of the upright.

That brought on overtime, and the Packers won the toss and drove quickly down the field for Ryan Longwell's game-winning 22-yard field goal 8:29 into the extra period.

For much of the day, the game was shaping up as the Bucs' worst offensive outing of the season, just six days after they exploded for 446 yards in beating the St. Louis Rams, 38-35. However, QB Shaun King and the Buccaneers came to life in the final quarter, using the no-huddle offense to drive 84 yards on six plays for a touchdown that pulled the Bucs within three.

On the drive, King operated with startling efficiency, completing all six of his passes for 84 yards, including the 18-yard pass to a wide-open Keyshawn Johnson that produced the touchdown. King also hit WR Reidel Anthony on a perfectly-threaded 26-yarder on the right sideline one play earlier.

After the touchdown, Tampa Bay used an impressive trick play to score on the two-point conversion and bring the Bucs within a field goal of the tie. King took a shotgun snap and handed off to RB Warrick Dunn, who then gave it to Alstott on a reverse. Just as he was about to be tackled, Alstott flipped the ball to the right to King, who walked into the end zone untouched.

Two plays later, S John Lynch intercepted Brett Favre deep in Packer territory, setting up Gramatica's 43-yarder for the tie. It was an impressive pick for Lynch, who can only lift his left arm over his head in certain directions due to the harness he is wearing to protect an injured shoulder.

After all the late-game fireworks, the Bucs ended up with 272 total yards of offense. Green Bay had 319, but only 261 in regulation. That was an impressive feat for the Buccaneer defense against a red-hot Packer offense, particularly considering Pro Bowl LB Derrick Brooks was lost to a shoulder sprain early in the first half. The team used a constantly rotating crew of Don Davis, Jeff Gooch, Nate Webster and Shelton Quarles to make up for Brooks' absence.

The Bucs' rousing comeback was made necessary by a lackluster first half, in which the Bucs gained just 92 yards of offense and five first downs and converted on just two of nine third down tries. That led to seven first-half punts; Mark Royals eventually punted 11 times to tie a team record. It was the first scoreless first half of the season for Tampa Bay.

King completed 21 of 42 passes for 237 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. However, he was sacked five times and had little success running from a frequent Packer blitz. Johnson led the team with six receptiosn for 69 yards and one touchdown, and RB Warrick Dunn added 84 combined rushing and receiving yards.

S Damien Robinson led the Bucs' defense with nine tackles, adding a fumble recovery and a pass defensed. A potential interception late in the fourth quarter went through his hands, but the team went on to get the ball back later in the period to set up Gramatica's last-second try. Perhaps more damaging was a ball that went through CB Ronde Barber's hands near the Packers' 20, though Barber deserves credit for quickly breaking up a slant pass intended for Charles Lee. provided detailed coverage of each quarter of action during Sunday's overtime loss. Those reports follow in their entirety to offer a closer look at how the game turned.

First Quarter

The Bucs' offense had a difficult time getting going in Green Bay in the first quarter, but was moving the ball as the period came to an end. Unfortunately, the Packers came up with the only scoring drive of the quarter, a 48-yard touchdown drive that gave the home team a 7-0 lead.

Green Bay's First Drive

The Packers won the toss and elected to receive, with Tampa Bay kicking into a 15 mph wind. Martin Gramatica's kick through that wind bounced into the hands of FB William Henderson at the 20 and the big back rumbled to the 35 before he was tripped up by CB Floyd Young.

QB Brett Favre took a very quick drop on first down and threw to TE Tyrone Davis on the right side, but Davis dropped the pass with S Damien Robinson bearing down on him. On second down, Favre threw to the other side for WR Bill Schroeder and Schroeder slipped a tackle by CB Donnie Abraham to pick up 14 yards almost to midfield.

RB Ahman Green got his first carry on the next snap, and though the Green Bay front wall did a good job of sealing off the right side, LB Jamie Duncan caught Green Bay from behind to keep the gain to two yards. On second-and-eight, Green tried again but was met in the backfield by DT Anthony McFarland for a loss of two back to the original line of scrimmage.

The Packers' first third-down try of the day was unsuccessful as Favre's pass over the middle was a bit behind Schroeder and broken up by CB Ronde Barber. Josh Bidwell came on to punt and hit a short one that Williams fair caught at the Bucs' 18.

Tampa Bay's First Drive

The Bucs started out through the air, with QB Shaun King zipping a quick pass to WR Jacquez Green. The ball went through Green's hands and off a defender for an incompletion, however. RB Warrick Dunn got a handoff headed left on second down, but the Green Bay defense met him at the line of scrimmage for a loss of one back to the 17.

On third-and-11, King stood in the pocket for an eternity, then, as he attempted to scramble, slipped and was officially sacked by DE John Thierry. That forced Mark Royals to punt out of his own end zone into the wind, and a good roll helped a short punt get out of the Bucs 48.

Green Bay's Second Drive

The Packers made a good play call on first down, giving the ball to WR Donald Driver on an end-around. Driver got around the left end for a gain of four before being tackled by Robinson. On second-and-six, Favre went up top down the right sideline, but Robinson was there again, leaping to break up the pass before it could get to Schroeder.

The Packers were more successful on their second third-down try. DE Chidi Ahanotu hit Green in the backfield but Green slipped out of it and picked up just enough yardage to move the sticks.

After that fact was verified by a measurement, the Packers went back to work on first down with a run up the middle by Green. The Packers tried to disguise it with a fake end-around to Driver, but DT Warren Sapp hit Green in the backfield for a loss of one. Green swept towards the right edge on second down but was collared by Ahanotu's one-armed tackle.

On third down, Favre let the pressure get to him, then dumped a middle screen to Green, who was stopped at the 32 by Abraham. The Packers chose to go for it on first down and converted when Driver picked Favre's hard pass out of the air at the 19 for a 13-yard gain.

Barber blitzed on first down but couldn't get to Favre before he zipped a quick pass on Barber's side to TE Ryan Wetnight for a gain of six. On second-and-four, Favre threw a quick-hitting slant to Driver, but Barber, with some help from S John Lynch, was able to knock it out of Driver's hands.

Driver was wide open on the left side on third down, however, and Favre's pass to him got Green Bay down to the Bucs' three.

It took one play from there, as Green ran untouched up the middle for a three-yard score. Green Bay 7, Tampa Bay 0.

Tampa Bay's Second Drive

WR Karl Williams took Longwell's short kickoff on a dead run at the Bucs' 17 and shot up the middle all the way to the 42 to give the visitors excellent field goal position for their second drive.

This time, Tampa Bay opened up on the ground, with Dunn darting around left tackle for a pickup of four yards. On second-and-six, another handoff to Dunn was immediately stopped by Packer backfield penetration, pushing the Bucs back into a third-and-10.

With time again to work on third down, King eventually tried to fire a pass to TE Dave Moore on the right side, but CB Antuan Edwards dove to break it up at the last moment. Royals came on to punt again and hit a beauty, a 41-yarder that hung long enough to force an Allen Rossum fair catch at the Packers' 17.

Green Bay's Third Drive

The Bucs got off to a good start on the next play as Sapp broke through the line for a sack of 12 yards back to the five. The Packers' second down play worked out better than it should have. Green went the wrong way for Favre's handoff, but the quarterback alertly sprinted around left end for a gain of 11. On third-and-11, Favre threw to Green in the right flat but LB Shelton Quarles stopped him five yards short of the first down.

Fine special teams play, however, allowed the Packers to reverse the field position disadvantage. Bidwell blasted a massive, 48-yard punt that Williams caught over his shoulder and a 'block-in-the-back' penalty pushed the Bucs all the way back to their 21.

Tampa Bay's Third Drive

The Bucs earned their initial first down of the game on the next snap, as King found WR Keyshawn Johnson on a quick-hitter over the middle for 11 yards. A slightly deeper pass to Green on the next play was a little high and incomplete, and Dunn followed with a three-yard run.

On third-and-seven, Green found WR Reidel Anthony over the middle for 10 yards and another first down.

Dunn then ran off left guard for one yard and the first quarter came to an end.

Second Quarter

Whether it was the weather or two fired-up defenses, neither team found much offensive success in the second quarter. Tampa Bay had the ball six times but failed to drive any closer than the Packers' 45, and Green Bay did little else with their five possessions. That means that Green Bay's first-quarter touchdown stood up, giving the home team a 7-0 halftime lead.

Tampa Bay's First Drive

The Bucs opened the second quarter with a second-and-nine at their own 46, and got nowhere on the next snap. QB Shaun King tried to go down the right sideline to WR Keyshawn Johnson, but Johnson couldn't stop in time to catch the pass, sliding to the turf on the incompletion. After a long time in the pocket on third down, King settled for a screen pass to RB Warrick Dunn, who picked up seven yards but came up two shy of the first down.

Mark Royals came on to punt and his kick sailed a yard into the Packer end zone for a touchback.

Green Bay's First Drive

The Packers tried to go deep on first down, with QB Brett Favre lofting a long pass to WR Donald Driver on the right sideline, but CB Donnie Abraham caught up to knock the ball away. The exact same play on the other side of the field, to WR Bill Schroeder, was well overthrown and well covered by CB Ronde Barber, setting up third-and-10.

Favre helped the Packers convert on third down, throwing a short pass over the middle to RB Ahman Green. When Barber slipped trying to come up for the tackle, Green was able to squirt through for a 14-yard gain.

On the next first down, Favre handed off to Green, who was stopped for just one yards by S Dexter Jackson. Under pressure, Favre flipped an ad-lib shovel pass to Green, who got four yards. On third down, Barber's blitz caused Favre's pass over the middle to fall incomplete.

P Josh Bidwell came on and hit a 30-yard kick that went out of bounds at the Bucs' 31.

Tampa Bay's Second Drive

On first down, King faked a handoff to Dunn, rolled right and fired a 13-yard pass to WR Jacquez Green, who got his feet just in bounds on the right sideline. On the next snap, Dunn was sent towards the right side and appeared to be stopped in the backfield on a sweep, but was able to squirt through for a gain of nine.

FB Mike Alstott got his carry on second-and-one but was stopped about two inches short of the first down. On third-and-one, King was flushed from the pocket and was almost able to drop a touch pass over a defender into TE Dave Moore's hands downfield, but the pass slipped through Moore's grasp as he tried to keep his feet in.

Royals next punt was much shorter, and Allen Rossum returned it to the Packers' 23 to start the next Green Bay drive.

Green Bay's Second Drive

After firing several deep bombs on their previous possession, the Packers took a more conservative approach this time, running Green up the middle for a gain of five. Green sliced off left guard on second down and picked up four more yards to set up third-and-one.

The Packers tried an end-around on the next play but the Bucs caught up to WR Bill Schroeder to force a loss of one and a punt. After a penalty erased Bidwell's first kick, the Packer punter hit a 49-yard bomb that pushed Tampa Bay back to its own 27.

Tampa Bay's Third Drive

Dunn was greeted with a sizeable hole on his first down carry off left tackle, and he turned it into an eight-yard gain. DT Billy Lyon made an impressive solo tackle on Dunn on second down to stop the back for no gain and bring up third-and-two. Moore was open on the third-down play, but King overthrew him to force a punt.

Royals hit a short punt, but Rossum muffed the catch and had to fall on the ball at the 30. A holding penalty then moved Green Bay back to its own 20.

Green Bay's Third Drive

The Packers seemed determined to hit a fly pattern, this time sending Schroeder up the right sideline, but Schroeder was well-covered by Abraham and was well out of bounds when he caught the pass. Next snap, a fly down the left side to WR Charles Lee. This one was broken up by a hard hit from S Damien Robinson.

On third-and-ten, the Packers tried to convert with the same middle screen to Green, but LB Jamie Duncan was able to wrap him up after a gain of just five.

Bidwell's next punt was considerably worse than his previous two efforts, but he got a very favorable bounce down to the Bucs' 35.

Tampa Bay's Fourth Drive

On first down, the Bucs' shifted from a normal set into a five-wide formation and King threw a quick-hitter over the middle to Johnson for six yards. King looked first to Alstott on second down, then shifted to Dunn, but his quick pass over the middle was dropped by the back to bring up third-and-four.

King went to Johnson again to convert the third down, firing a hard pass through coverage and into Johnson's grasp. Johnson took it away from S LeRoy Butler and turned upfield for a gain of 13 to the Packers' 46.

After a play-action fake to Dunn on first down, King had to scramble away from pressure and eventually ran it himself out of bounds for a gain of one. King was under serious pressure on second down as well, and a desperation pass fell incomplete right next to him. On third down, the Packers blitzed and King's attempted slant pass to Green was fired into the turf well short.

Royals punt looked good off the foot, but it hit down at the three and bounced into the end zone for a touchback.

Green Bay's Fourth Drive

Green swept right on first down but was stopped for no gain by LB Don Davis, who was in the game in place of an injured Derrick Brooks. After a false start pushed Green Bay back into a second-and-15, Favre handed off to Green and he was stopped for no gain once again, this time by DE Marcus Jones. Favre threw over the middle to Driver on third down but the ball bounced off Driver and was nearly intercepted by LB Jeff Gooch.

Bidwell killed another one, this one bouncing in front of Williams and down to the Bucs' 36 for a 49-yard gain.

Tampa Bay's Fifth Drive

King had Dunn open running down a seam up the middle but threw it out of Dunn's reach.

The Bucs' second down play picked up 19 yards in a manner that seemed happily familiar. Flushed out of the pocket, King scrambled up the middle and broke through several tacklers for about eight yards before he was wrapped up. But before King could be pulled down, he managed to flip the ball back to Dunn, who broke a tackle of his own to gain 11 more yards down to the Packers' 45.

King dropped back to pass on the next two snaps but twice missed open men, Dunn on the left side and Johnson up the middle. After T Jerry Wunsch was flagged for a false start, King tripped while dropping back and had to throw the ball away from his knees.

Royals came on to punt with 1:20 left in the half and hit a nice kick that Rossum fair caught at the Packers' 16. The Packers were then flagged for a personal foul that pushed Green Bay back to its own eight.

Green Bay's Fifth Drive

Backed up inside their own 10, the Packers tried to gain a little breathing room with a run up the middle by Green, but Barber caught him after a one-yard gain. Green got two more yards on a run behind left tackle, setting up third-and-seven. The Bucs stopped the clock with 58 seconds remaining.

Green went behind right guard on the next snap and was stopped after a gain of two to force another punt. However, after a holding penalty on the Packers on the first punt, Green Bay ran out the clock with a kneel down to end the half.

Third Quarter

Things begin to look a little desperate for the Bucs in the third quarter. Green Bay scored the only touchdown of the half, doubling its lead to 14-0, and a Buccaneer incursion inside the Packers' 10 came away with just a field goal. As the period came to an end, Green Bay had driven inside the Bucs' 30-yard line again.

Tampa Bay's First Drive

WR Karl Williams momentarily muffed Ryan Longwell's opening kickoff at the Bucs' 10, and was thus able to get the ball back only to the 20.

RB Warrick Dunn went left with a handoff on first down but ran into a wall and lost two yards. Dunn followed a slightly better push up the middle on second down but gained only two yards back to the original line of scrimmage. On third-and-ten, King fumbled the shotgun snap, and though he was able to pick it up and scramble for positive yardage, David Bowens stopped him two yards short of the sticks. Mark Royals came on for his eighth punt and blasted it 49 yards to the Packers' 24, thanks in part to a very good bounce.

Green Bay's First Drive

The Packers, on the other hand, got off to an extremely good start. A pass over the middle to RB Ahman Green worked for a 17-yard gain, and a 15-yard personal foul against S Damien Robinson pushed the Pack all the way to the Bucs' 45.

Green pounded behind left tackle for four yards on the next snap, and QB Brett Favre found a wide-open TE Bubba Franks on second down for 11 more yards to the Bucs' 30.

Favre went downfield on the next play and CB Brian Kelly broke it up before it got to Lee, but was flagged for pass interference at the Bucs' six. Green got the carry up the middle on first down but was stopped at the two by CB Ronde Barber.

A determined Green then gave the Packers a two touchdown lead by spinning off several tackles in the middle and just extending the ball over the goal line. Green Bay 14, Tampa Bay 0.

Tampa Bay's Second Drive

WR Karl Williams got the Bucs out to their own 37 with a hard-hitting, 30-yard return of the ensuing kickoff.

Dunn then slashed off left tackle for a gain of five yards on first down. A blitz on second down prompted King to throw an ill-advised pass that LB Na'il Diggs nearly intercepted, with a full head of steam towards the Bucs' end zone.

On third-and-five, King's pass in Dunn's direction was deflected at the line of scrimmage and incomplete. Royals came on to hit a 37-yard punt that was fair caught at the Packers' 21.

Green Bay's Second Drive

Green got the Packers moving with a five-yard run around left end, then Favre foiled a John Lynch blitz by pump-faking, running forward and flipping a shovel pass to Green, who got 12 more to the 38.

The Bucs got good pressure on the next first down, and Favre's pass over the middle to Donald Driver was low and knocked away by CB Donnie Abraham. Green tried a quick pass to Driver on the right side on second down but it was also incomplete.

Favre pulled out some more of his magic on third down, but it eventually worked in the Bucs' favor. A blitzing Steve White flushed Favre out of the pocket and as the quarterback ran left, he suddenly stopped and threw back across the field to WR Bill Schroeder in the middle. Schroeder turned upfield for a gain of 17, but fumbled, with Robinson recovering and returning it to the Bucs' 47.

Tampa Bay's Third Drive

The Bucs got off to a quick start on this drive but quickly bogged down.

On first down, King threw a quick strike over the middle to Green for a gain of 20. On first down, King then scrambled forward for a gain of three, but RB Warrick Dunn's run around the left side was good for just one. After King was again flushed out of the pocket and eventually sacked for a loss of three on third down, the Bucs chose to go for it on fourth-and-nine.

King then threw another perfect pass, this one on a slant to Green, who slid for a gain of 11 and a first down at the 21. With a new set of downs, Green took a quick drop and slung an out to Johnson, who picked up seven yards before going out of bounds at the 14.

Dunn helped turn around a potential loss on the next snap, as the screen pass to him on the right side was met by three Packers in his path. Dunn managed to dart around at least five Green Bay defenders to come all the way back around to the left side for a gain of six to the eight.

The Packers then called a timeout.

After the break, Dunn tried to go up the middle then bounced it out to the left side, but neither ploy worked and the play gained nothing. King had decent protection on second down but couldn't find an open receiver as he was flushed to the right. After an eternity in the pocket on third down, King was eventually sacked back at the 20 by DE John Thierry.

The Bucs did manage to get on the board when K Martin Gramatica hit a field goal from 38 yards out, tying his own team record for field goals made in a season, 27. Green Bay 14, Tampa Bay 3.

Green Bay's Third Drive

FB William Henderson took the ensuing kickoff at the Packers' 19 and rambled right up the middle to the 40.

On first down, Green ran behind right tackle for a pickup of two. Favre then dumped one over the middle to Green, a play that worked once again for seven yards. On third-and-one, DT Anthony McFarland got good pressure, but Favre got around the rush and scrambled for 14 yards to the left side for a first down at the Bucs' 17.

On the last snap of the third quarter, Favre faked a handoff to RB De'Mond Parker, then threw it to Parker over the middle for a gain of nine.

Fourth Quarter

The Bucs completed a thrilling second-half comeback in Lambeau Field, tying the game at 14-14, but missed on a chance to win the game at the end of regulation. That sent the contest into overtime.

Green Bay's First Drive

Opening the quarter with a second-and-one at the Bucs' 28, Green Bay immediately got a first down by sending RB Ahman Green up the middle for a gain of three.

On first down, QB Brett Favre found an open FB William Henderson near the goal line, but the pass was just out of Henderson's reach. Green then got the call on another carry up the middle and picked up one yard, but DE Steve White stripped him of the ball and DT Anthony McFarland recovered the fumble.

Tampa Bay's First Drive

QB Shaun King took a short drop on first down but tried to scramble almost immediately and was sacked for a loss of two. He scrambled forward again on second down and got those two yards back, but that left Tampa Bay in another third-and-ten hole. King then tried to hit Jacquez Green streaking up the left sideline, but the pass was incomplete.

Mark Royals followed with a good punt that covered 38 yards and was caught by Allen Rossum at the Packers' 38. CB Floyd Young immediately wrapped up Rossum at the 40.

Green Bay's Second Drive

On first down from the 40, Green sliced off right tackle for a gain of four. CB Ronde Barber got to Favre on a second-down blitz, but Favre got away and completed a pass over the middle to Henderson, but for a gain of only one. On third down, Favre tried to drop a pass into TE Ryan Wetnight fairly deep down the left sideline, but S Damien Robinson had good coverage and the pass was incomplete.

P Josh Bidwell continued an outstanding day with a 39-yard punt that WR Karl Williams fair caught at the Bucs' 16.

Tampa Bay's Second Drive

The Bucs started the drive with a quick first down, with King hitting WR Keyshawn Johnson over the middle and Johnson splitting two defenders for a 14-yard gain. Going without a huddle, King then fired a five-yard pass to TE Dave Moore over the middle and another eight-yarder in the middle to RB Warrick Dunn.

After a short break for an injured Green Bay player, King went right back to the line and fired a pass to the right side that Moore caught on his knees then leapt up to dive for a total gain of 13 yards.

From the Packers' 44, King stood in a well-protected pocket and eventually fired a pass down the right sideline that WR Reidel Anthony adjusted well to in order to make a 26-yard reception at the Packers' 18.

On the very next snap, King went to the left side, where Johnson was somehow wide open. Johnson caught the 18-yard scoring pass at the one and side-stepped the pylon for the touchdown. The Bucs then went for two and got it on a very impressive trick play. King took a shotgun snap and then handed off to Dunn, who started left. However, Dunn handed off to FB Mike Alstott, who then pitched to King, allowing the QB to waltz into the end zone untouched. Green Bay 14, Tampa Bay 11.

Green Bay's Third Drive

Allen Rossum took Martin Gramatica's kickoff back to the 27, where he was tackled by CB Floyd Young.

On first down, Favre threw to a wide-open Donald Driver on the left sideline, but Driver simply dropped it with no defenders around. On second down, the Bucs came up with their third takeaway of the game.

S John Lynch somehow escaped Favre's attention, allowing him to leap and intercept the pass at the 40 that was intended for Driver. Lynch got the ball back to the 35.

Tampa Bay's Third Drive

On first down, King took a shotgun snap and threw a short pass towards Alstott, but it was too short. On second down, the Packers brought an all-out blitz and King barely got a pass off in Moore's direction before he was dragged down.

On third down, King went over the middle to Dunn, who caught the ball moving downfield but was tackled just short of the first down marker. After calling a timeout, the Bucs chose to kick a game-tying field goal, and Gramatica nailed it from 43 yards out. Tampa Bay 14, Green Bay 14.

Green Bay's Fourth Drive

A holding penalty on the ensuing kickoff return contributed to the Packers' starting yard line of the 12.

On first down, CB Ronde Barber jumped a quick slant intended for WR Charles Lee and nearly intercepted the pass. On second down, Favre looked downfield but found no one open, settling for a short pass over the middle to Henderson. Henderson, however, dropped it to set up third-and-10.

That called for another bit of Favre magic. Scrambling right under pressure, Favre eventually threw back over the middle to Schroeder, who caught the pass and despite nearly fumbling, picked up 20 yards to the 32.

On first down, Green took a pitch to the left and swept for a pickup of eight yards. Green pounded up the middle on second down and was stood up quickly, but the spot gave him enough yardage for a first down.

Favre badly overthrew TE Bubba Franks on his next pass, but a possible interception bounced off Robinson's hands. Favre found nobody downfield on second down, leading to a dumpoff over the middle to Green, a play that picked up four yards. The Packers picked up a Buccaneer blitz very well on third down, but the coverage was tight and a pass to Lee on the left sideline was over both Lee's hands and those of CB Brian Kelly.

Josh Bidwell then hit a 44-yard punt that rolled to a stop at the Bucs' 10.

Tampa Bay's Fourth Drive

King pulled off a nice play-action fake on first down, but was tripped up at his own three for a sack of seven yards. Feeling the pressure of the end zone at their backs, the Bucs handed off to Alstott, who pounded up the middle for seven yards back to the 10. King had good time to pass on third down, but his out pass to Green was good for only six yards.

Royals had to come on to punt, tying a team record for punts with 11, and his shot bounced back towards the Bucs' end zone, coming to a rest at the Tampa Bay 47.

Green Bay's Fifth Drive

Green got a handoff on first down and made it around left end, breaking a tackle and nearly breaking free for the end zone before Lynch made a diving stop.

That brought the game to the two-minute warning.

After the break, Favre took a crack at the end zone, but a long pass to Schroeder was tipped away by a leaping Donnie Abraham at the last second.

The Bucs' defense then came up with its fourth takeaway of the second half. Favre tried to throw a short pass to Lee on the left side, but LB Jamie Duncan leaped to intercept the ball, returning the pick 15 yards to the Bucs' 43.

Tampa Bay's Fifth Drive

King's first pass from the shotgun was fired in Johnson's direction, but CB Tyrone Williams closed quickly to break it up. However, King hit Dunn over the middle on second down, and Dunn spun loose from a tackle to pick up 14 yards and a first down at the Green Bay 35.

King then zipped a quick pass to Moore that was good for eight yards, and Dunn once again escaped a sure tackle on a second down draw play to pick up four yards and another first down.

On the next snap, King escaped heavy pressure and just got off a pass in Anthony's direction, avoiding the sack but throwing it out of Anthony's reach. King experienced more pressure on a second down blitz, but he was able to scramble a few feet right and thread a pass in to Anthony at the 19 for a gain of 12 and another first down.

King took a shotgun snap on the next first down but handed off to Dunn, who lost one yard back to the 20. Green Bay then called a timeout with 20 seconds remaining.

Afterwards, the Bucs knelt on the ball at the 22, bringing the clock to 14 seconds before Green Bay's final timeout.

The Bucs then brought on Gramatica for a the potential go-ahead field goal, but Gramatica pushed it just a few feet to the right.

Green Bay's Sixth Drive

The Packers knelt on the ball to end regulation.


For the second time this season, the Bucs forced overtime with a rousing fourth-quarter comeback but failed to get the victory in overtime. Green Bay had the only possession in this weekend's extra period, and drove down the field for a short game-winning field goal.

Green Bay's First Drive

The Packers won the overtime coin toss to their fans' delight, and Allen Rossum returned the opening kickoff all the way to the Packers' 38.

Green Bay moved into motion quickly, with QB Brett Favre hitting FB William Henderson for an 11-yard gain, as Henderson lowered his shoulder to drive Donnie Abraham back to near midfield.

On the next snap, RB Ahman Green rushed behind right guard for five yards, then followed the same path for another yard on second down. On third-and-four, Favre threw a quick pass to RB De'Mond Parker that was good for six yards and a first down at the Bucs' 39.

Parker was then given the ball on four straight carries, picking up four, five and six yards for a first down at the Bucs' 24, then losing one back to the 25 on DT Anthony McFarland's ankle tackle.

Parker's next carry was the backbreaker. Parker slipped through several tackles near the line of scrimmage and blasted all the way to the Bucs' four. He was dragged down from behind by S Damien Robinson to prevent the touchdown.

The Packers then called a timeout, followed by Ryan Longwell's game-winning, 22-yard field goal.

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