Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Rapid Reaction: Buccaneers vs. Dolphins

The Buccaneers get their first road win of 2017 in Week 11 against the Dolphins.

Pictures from the Buccaneers' Week 11 matchup with the Dolphins.

It was an active first half for the Buccaneers' defense with the Miami Dolphins committing four turnovers in the first two quarters.

The first of three interceptions came in the end zone by rookie safety Justin Evans, erasing a five-play, 72-yard drive by Miami.

The second would come at the hands of linebacker Kwon Alexander, resulting in a Tampa Bay touchdown on a five-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to rookie tight end O.J. Howard. It would give the Bucs the lead, putting Tampa Bay up 13-7 halfway through the second.

A fumble recovery inside the two-minute warning by cornerback Ryan Smith would result in the Buccaneers' second touchdown of the half. Fitzpatrick connected with wide receiver DeSean Jackson on a four-yard score, extending the Bucs lead 20-7 as the half expired.

Quarterback Matt Moore replaced Jay Cutler for the Dolphins to start the second half. Cutler remained in the locker room while undergoing concussion protocol. Miami's Jarvis Landry came up with a 49-yard grab from Moore to move the Dolphins down the field on their first possession. A pass interference call on Tampa Bay's Robert McClain would advance Miami even further to the Bucs' one-yard line. The Bucs' defense would hold the Dolphins to a field goal, aided by a pass interference penalty called on Miami on first-and-goal at the one-yard line.

With the score 20-10, the Buccaneers came up empty on their next possession, relinquishing the ball back to Miami. With the Dolphins threatening inside the red zone, the Bucs' defense again forced Miami to settle for a field goal, making the score 20-13 with a little over four minutes to go in the third.

With three minutes to go in the game, Miami quarterback Matt Moore connected with wide receiver Kenny Stills for a 61-yard touchdown pass deep right. The extra point was good, tying Miami with Tampa Bay 20-20.

Fitzpatrick would lead the charge downfield. A couple of first downs by rookie Chris Godwin, with wide receiver Mike Evans in the mix, would put the Bucs within field goal range. Kicker Patrick Murray, who had previously hit two field goals, would connect on a 35-yard field goal to put the Bucs up 23-20.

Not quite finished yet, Tampa Bay then recovered the ball after the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown. It was linebacker Adarius Glanton recovering a fumble for the score, solidifying the Bucs win. It was their first road win of the season, coming out on top 30-20 over the Dolphins in Miami.

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