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Rapid Reaction: Titans 27, Bucs 23

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The Bucs received the ball to start the game, as usual, and quickly moved down the field. The drive was stopped short inside the 10 but the Bucs wouldn't come up empty. Kicker Matt Gay put the first points on the board with a 22-yard field goal, giving the Bucs an early 3-0 lead.

On the first defensive series, newly activated outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul, returning from an offseason neck injury, sacked Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill for a loss of four yards. It would ultimately force Tennessee to punt, putting that ball back into the Bucs' hands with 10 minutes to go in the first quarter.

Unfortunately, the next series resulted in a turnover as quarterback Jameis Winston fumbled at the 10-yard line, putting the Tampa Bay defense in a little bit of a predicament. After a neutral zone infraction that moved the Titans up to the five-yard line, Tannehill connected with tight end Jonnu Smith for the touchdown, putting Tennessee up 7-3.

The Bucs made it past midfield on a well-balanced drive before stalling and being forced to punt. Fortunately, Tampa Bay special teams came up big with cornerback Ryan Smith downing the ball at the one-yard-line, just as he did in London last game.

The span of the field would prove too much for the Titans' offense who came up empty and was forced to punt.

Unfortunately, on the next series for the Bucs' offense, Tampa Bay succumbed to yet another turnover, with Winston's pass intercepted by Malcolm Butler and taken back to the six-yard-line. It set up another tough situation for the defense and the Titans would capitalize, running up the score to 14-3 just before the expiration of the first quarter.

Tampa Bay took its time on their next drive, taking off over six minutes of clock before Winston took a shot to Godwin who was closing in on the end zone from just past midfield. The pass initially looked to be intercepted was ruled incomplete upon further review. It wouldn't matter much after Winston was sacked on third-down and eight. Gay came on to attempt the 48-yard field goal and it's good, tacking on an extra three and making the score 14-6 with 7:51 remaining in the half.

The Bucs' defense was able to hold the Titans again and forced another punt. This time, running back T.J. Logan came up big with a 40-yard return that gave the Bucs great field position. They got down to the four-yard line before being stopped short on a very confusing play on third down. They settled for a 24-yard field goal to chip away at the Titans' lead and the score was 14-9 with 3:50 left in the second quarter.

The next drive saw Tennessee get into Bucs territory, making it as far as the Bucs' 33-yard line before Tampa Bay stopped them. They did convert on a 51-yard field goal to extend the lead 17-9 before giving the ball back to the Bucs for one last drive before halftime.

The Bucs got backed up by a sack on Winston but a 46-yard deep ball to Evans would solve Tampa Bay's predicament, setting them up with a first and goal at the nine-yard line. It was Evans again on a nine-yard catch for the score as the Bucs got into the end zone for the first time. A two-point try was no good after so Tampa Bay went into halftime trailing just 17-15 after a very up-and-down first half.

The second half started out with a bang for the Bucs, too. Tennessee received the ball and started their drive before a forced fumble by safety Andrew Adams and subsequent recovery by cornerback Vernon Hargreaves gave Tampa Bay the ball back almost immediately. Another deep pass to Evans followed by a two-yard touchdown pass also to Evans would ensure. The Bucs then went for two and got it on a pass to Godwin, pulling ahead, 23-17, with 11:11 left in the third quarter.

The Bucs' defense did its job on the next series, stopping the Titans short behind a big third-down sack by outside linebacker Carl Nassib, giving the Bucs their third sack of the game. Tennessee punted and the Tampa Bay offense went back to work.

The Bucs would stall on the next drive after falling a yard short just past midfield, electing to punt. After a series of plays on the next drive that saw cornerback Carlton Davis break up a pass and intercept the ball twice but both times it was called back for defensive pass interference. Head Coach Bruce Arians challenged the ruling of DPI on the second interception but the call stood, allowing Tennessee to continue its offensive drive.

The defense would limit the Titans to just a field goal, preserving the Bucs' lead as a result. Tennessee pulled within three, 23-20, with 42 seconds left in the third.

The Titans' defense then did its job, forcing a three-and-out as the Bucs gave the ball right back. Tennessee

Unfortunately, the next series resulted in a turnover as quarterback Jameis Winston fumbled at the 10-yard line, putting the Tampa Bay defense in a little bit of a predicament. After a neutral zone infraction that moved the Titans up to the five-yard line, Tannehill connected with tight end Jonnu Smith for the touchdown, putting Tennessee up 7-3.

The Bucs made it past midfield on a well-balanced drive before stalling and being forced to punt. Fortunately, Tampa Bay special teams came up big with cornerback Ryan Smith downing the ball at the one-yard-line, just as he did in London last game.

The span of the field would prove too much for the Titans' offense who came up empty and was forced to punt.

Unfortunately, on the next series for the Bucs' offense, Tampa Bay succumbed to yet another turnover, with Winston's pass intercepted by Malcolm Butler and taken back to the six-yard-line. It set up another tough situation for the defense and the Titans would capitalize, running up the score to 14-3 just before the expiration of the first quarter.

Tampa Bay took its time on their next drive, taking off over six minutes of clock before Winston took a shot to Godwin who was closing in on the end zone from just past midfield. The pass initially looked to be intercepted was ruled incomplete upon further review. It wouldn't matter much after Winston was sacked on third-down and eight. Gay came on to attempt the 48-yard field goal and it's good, tacking on an extra three and making the score 14-6 with 7:51 remaining in the half.

The Bucs' defense was able to hold the Titans again and forced another punt. This time, running back T.J. Logan came up big with a 40-yard return that gave the Bucs great field position. They got down to the four-yard line before being stopped short on a very confusing play on third down. They settled for a 24-yard field goal to chip away at the Titans' lead and the score was 14-9 with 3:50 left in the second quarter.

The next drive saw Tennessee get into Bucs territory, making it as far as the Bucs' 33-yard line before Tampa Bay stopped them. They did convert on a 51-yard field goal to extend the lead 17-9 before giving the ball back to the Bucs for one last drive before halftime.

The Bucs got backed up by a sack on Winston but a 46-yard deep ball to Evans would solve Tampa Bay's predicament, setting them up with a first and goal at the nine-yard line. It was Evans again on a nine-yard catch for the score as the Bucs got into the end zone for the first time. A two-point try was no good after so Tampa Bay went into halftime trailing just 17-15 after a very up-and-down first half.

The second half started out with a bang for the Bucs, too. Tennessee received the ball and started their drive before a forced fumble by safety Andrew Adams and subsequent recovery by cornerback Vernon Hargreaves gave Tampa Bay the ball back almost immediately. Another deep pass to Evans followed by a two-yard touchdown pass also to Evans would give him the franchise record for receptions and give him the second-most touchdowns. The Bucs then went for two and got it on a pass to Godwin, pulling ahead, 23-17, with 11:11 left in the third quarter.

The Bucs' defense did its job on the next series, stopping the Titans short behind a big third-down sack by outside linebacker Carl Nassib, giving the Bucs their third sack of the game. Tennessee punted and the Tampa Bay offense went back to work.

The Bucs would stall on the next drive after falling a yard short just past midfield, electing to punt. After a series of plays on the next drive that saw cornerback Carlton Davis break up a pass and intercept the ball twice but both times it was called back for defensive pass interference. Head Coach Bruce Arians challenged the ruling of DPI on the second interception but the call stood, allowing Tennessee to continue its offensive drive.

The defense would limit the Titans to just a field goal, preserving the Bucs' lead as a result. Tennessee pulled within three, 23-20, with 42 seconds left in the third.

The Titans' defense then did its job, forcing a three-and-out as the Bucs gave the ball right back. Tennessee would capitalize this time and retake the lead with an eight-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Brown, making the score 27-23 with 6:55 left in the game.

Tampa Bay's next series would end for the Bucs' offense with a sack-fumble as the ball was knocked from Winston's hand by Harold Landry and recovered by the Titans. It gave them the ball at the Bucs's 36-yard line. After bringing up fourth down, the Titans then faked the field goal. Rookie Devin White came in with a monster tackle and looked to knock the ball out. The runner was ruled down and resulted in a turnover on downs, giving the ball back to the Bucs and keeping Tennessee from tacking on to their lead.

The Bucs would be subject to the same fate, getting to fourth-down-and-one at the Titans' 33-yard line before being stopped short. Tennessee took over with 1:53 left in the game. They'd go three-and-out and punt the ball back to the Bucs with 42 seconds remaining, giving Tampa Bay one last shot.

It ended with an interception over the middle by cornerback Logan Ryan, sealing the game for the Titans, 27-23.

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