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Philadelphia won the toss to start the game and elected to defer, so it was the Bucs offense that got to start things out. And start things out they did. On play action, wide receiver DeSean Jackson escaped downfield and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick immediately aired it out 75 yards. After juking one defender, Jackson was in the end zone to put the Bucs up 7-0 on the very first play of the game.
The Bucs' defense followed up the spectacular play by forcing a three-and-out of the Philadelphia offense and Fitzpatrick and company were back to work. After trying to get the run game established, Fitzpatrick was sacked on second down by Eagles' defensive tackle Fletcher Cox for a loss of seven yards. The Bucs were forced to punt as a result.
On their next possession, the Eagles were hit with multiple penalties that had them starting the series with a first down and 30 yards to go. Rookie Carlton Davis broke up a pass on first down and on second down, the Eagles were called for tripping and faced a second-and-40 situation inside their own 15-yard line. Linebacker Lavonte David forced a loss of one on the next play, bringing up third-and-41. The Eagles would punt with six and a half minutes in the first quarter.
The Bucs were hit with a personal foul penalty that backed them up 15 yards on the next possession. After facing third-and-21, Tampa Bay was unable to convert and gave the ball back to Philadelphia.
The Eagles took over and on third-and-4, Buccaneers' linebacker Kwon Alexander laid a sack on Eagles' quarterback Nick Foles that resulted in a fumble. But the Bucs gave it right back on the next play as the ball was popped out of tight end O.J. Howard's hands and into the clutches of cornerback Ronald Darby for an interception. Foles was sacked again on the following play by Bucs' defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul for a loss of four to end the first quarter.
The Eagles wouldn't be able to capitalize on the turnover flurry and were forced to punt from the Bucs' 45-yard line. The Bucs came up empty again as well and punted from their own 46-yard line with 11 minutes left in the half.
During the Eagles'next possession, Philadelphia faced third-and-4, which the Bucs were able to contain to a three-yard gain. In true Eagles form, they went for it with Foles converting the fourth down on a two-yard run. It turned into an Eagles' touchdown to tie the game 7-7 with under five minutes left until halftime.
The Bucs answered right away with another 75-yard touchdown, this time to tight end O.J. Howard who Fitzpatrick caught on a crossing route as he hauled in the ball and took off up the far sideline. Bucs' kicker Chandler Catanzaro missed the extra point but Tampa Bay pulled ahead 13-7 after just 12 seconds.
The Eagles came up empty on the next drive, giving the Bucs the ball back with just over two minutes to play in the half. Fitzpatrick got three different receivers involved to get inside the red zone in a hurry. On second-and-3 on the eight-yard line, Fitzpatrick hit wide receiver Chris Godwin for an eight-yard touchdown pass, putting the Bucs up 20-7 with 42 seconds left in the half, taking 1:44 off the clock.
With all three of their timeouts, Philadelphia drove down the field and got to the Bucs' 24-yard line. They would have to settle for the field goal try and Eagles' kicker Jake Elliot hit the upright on a 42-yard attempt, preserving the Bucs' 20-7 lead going into the half.
Philadelphia's first possession of the second half would come up empty despite another series of aggressive play calling. The Eagles faced fourth-and-4 at the Bucs' 46-yard line and went for it. The pass was complete from Foles to tight end Zach Ertz but linebacker Lavonte David came in and made the stop before he could cross the first-down line and Philadelphia turned it over on downs.
With good field position, the Bucs refocused on getting the run game involved. Then, on third-and-8, Fitzpatrick hit Jackson again for 28 yards to give the Bucs first-and-goal at the six-yard line. Fitzpatrick connected with Mike Evans in the end zone for his fourth passing touchdown of the game, increasing the Bucs' lead to 27-7 with 9:19 left in the third quarter.
Behind a nine-yard sack by defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, the Eagles would be forced to punt on their next possession. The Bucs would suffer the same fate on their next drive, giving the ball back to the Eagles with 3:51 left in the third.
This time, the Eagles would put points on the board. After pushing to the four-yard line behind another fourth-down conversion by Foles, running back Jay Ajayi would take it in from the two-yard line on second down to make the score 27-14 at the start of the fourth quarter.
After getting to midfield, Fitzpatrick hit Evans for a 19-yard completion. Evans would unfortunately fumble the ball as he tried to turn upfield and gain more yardage. Philadelphia middle linebacker Jordan Hicks recovered the ball and the Eagles started at their own 43.
The Eagles wouldn't capitalize, even after going for it on fourth-and-10 at the Tampa Bay 35-yard line. The Bucs took over on downs but would also come up empty and punt.
Philadelphia wasted no time getting back down the field. On fourth-and-2, Foles lofted it up for wide receiver Nelson Agholor to come down with the score. Kicker Jake Elliott was good for the point after and the Eagles closed the gap to one score, 27-21, with 2:46 left in the game.
The Bucs converted on a big second-and-13 on a 17-yard pass to Jackson. After the Eagles were called on a neutral zone infraction, the Bucs were faced with third-and-3, just needing one more first down before the two-minute warning. They got it on another penalty by the Eagles' defense but wouldn't be able to run the clock all the way down.
With no timeouts, the Eagles got the ball back on their own 10-yard line down 27-21 with 19 seconds left. Foles completed a 19-yard pass to receiver Joshua Perkins and quickly spiked the ball to give the Eagles one more play with three seconds on the clock. After a hackey sack play that ultimately failed, the Buccaneers hung on to win 27-21.