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Rapid Reaction: Buccaneers vs. Lions

An eventful game at home ends in a Buccaneers loss as Detroit tops Tampa Bay 24-21.

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

It was an eventful first half for both teams, penalties and turnovers aplenty on both sides. There was a total of seven turnovers in the first half alone.

The Bucs and Lions traded three-and-outs to start the game, then traded touchdowns on the ensuing possessions. Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston connected with four different receivers on the Bucs' 75-yard touchdown drive that ended on a Doug Martin 1-yard dash into the end zone in his first game back from injury.

After a bizarre sequence of events that saw the Lions hit with a 15-yard personal foul penalty for a hit on Bucs' tight end O.J. Howard in the second quarter, initially ruled a hit on a defenseless receiver and incomplete pass, the play was then challenged by Detroit and eventually ruled a completed pass that was then fumbled and recovered by Detroit.

The Lions came up empty immediately following that turnover, but scored on their next possession after picking off Jameis Winston around midfield. Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford connected with receiver Golden Tate to put Detroit up 14-7.

The score would remain a one-possession game going into halftime.

Tampa Bay opened the half moving the ball up to midfield before Detroit safety Quandre Diggs intercepted Jameis Winston at the Bucs' 47-yard line. The Tampa Bay defense made quick work of the Lions, forcing a three-and-out to give the Bucs' offense the ball back.

Jameis Winston was sacked on the following series, fumbling the ball in the process. Detroit recovered at their own 49-yard line. The drive would result in an 18-yard touchdown run by Lions' running back Theo Riddick, putting the Lions up 21-7 with 3:11 left in the third quarter.

The next drive would be a successful one for Tampa Bay, as Jameis Winston connected with tight end O.J. Howard for a 2-yard touchdown grab, putting the Bucs within one score of the Lions at 13:41 in the fourth quarter.

The Bucs' defense would get the Lions off the field without any points, turning the ball back over to the Tampa Bay offense. After a crucial pass interference penalty on Detroit, the Bucs set up inside the 20. A 16-yard run by Peyton Barber put the Bucs at the 2-yard line. On first-and-goal with offensive lineman Leonard Wester reporting as eligible, the left tackle caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Jameis Winston to even the score at 21 apiece. The drive lasted 2:06 and went 72 yards on six plays.

The defense came up with another huge stop, forcing Detroit to punt. Tampa Bay took over at their own 15-yard line with 4:49 left in the game. They too, would be forced to punt, relinquishing the ball to the Lions with just over three minutes to play.

The Lions got within field goal range and knocked down a 46-yarder to give Detroit a 24-21 lead with :20 left on the game clock.

Tampa Bay got the ball back but Jameis Winston was sacked on the first play of the drive, ending the ball game with a score of 24-21.

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