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Social Rewind: Bucs vs. Bears

The Buccaneers followed up their second win of the season with a road trip to face the Chicago Bears. Here is how the game went down through the eyes of social media analysts.

Ninety minutes before kickoff, Senior Writer and Editor Scott Smith shared the Tampa Bay inactives, this week featuring one of the biggest names on the Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers won the toss and deferred, giving the Bears the opening possession. The defense, happy to have starting CB Alterraun Verner back, forced the Bears off the field after a three-and-out.

Josh McCown and the Buccaneers offense took their first possession from the 20-yard line, converting on three consecutive third down plays to keep marching up the field.

And another conversion. short pass to Doug Martin gets just enough. First down for #Bucs — Rick Brown (@LedgeronBucs) November 23, 2014

However, possession would change on the fourth third-down play of the drive.

The Buccaneers defense again got off the field in just three plays, with Jacquies Smith dropping Jay Cutler on third down.

However, a penalty on the punt would give Chicago the ball back at the 45-yard line with a new set of downs.

The Bucs defense didn't miss a beat, coming up with two more huge plays and getting the offense back on the field!

The Bucs took over with great field position at the Bears' 46-yard line and started driving to the end zone with another third-down conversion taking us to the end of the first quarter.

The Bucs offense started the second quarter hot with two great runs and another Josh McCown to Mike Evans touchdown.

Two runs by Sims and #Bucs have first and 10 at the 19. — Rick Brown (@LedgeronBucs) November 23, 2014

A penalty on Evans would move the kickoff back 15 yards, giving the Bears good field position to start their drive, but the Bucs defense again forced a punt after just three plays.

The Buccaneers would start from their own two-yard line. Some bad injury news came in after the second-down play.

The Bucs were forced to punt it away and Chicago would take over at midfield. They would manage to get one first down, but be forced into a long field goal try.

#Bucs will get ball at the 44 and just like that, field position is switched. Bucs still lead 7-0. — Rick Brown (@LedgeronBucs) November 23, 2014

Four straight punts would give the Bucs the ball again at their 12-yard line with 1:48 left in the half.

Big penalties would drop the Bucs back to nearly midfield, facing a third-and-23.

Jackson. Vincent Jackson. Third and 23. No problems. First down Bucs. — Rick Brown (@LedgeronBucs) November 23, 2014

McCown found TE Brandon Myers for a first down to move the ball to the 10-yard line and the Buccaneers would tack on three more before going into halftime.

#Bucs K Patrick Murray connects on a 32-yard FG. Tampa Bay leads the #Bears 10-0 with 4 seconds left in the 1st Half. — 98.7 The Fan (@987TheFan) November 23, 2014

The Bucs took the opening kickoff of the second half, but would be forced to punt after three plays. The Bears then began to put together their first solid drive of the game.

Injury updates for both teams.

And the Bears get on the board.

The teams again trade punts, with the Buccaneers taking over at their own 22-yard line. McCown got a first down on a 10-yard scramble, but would be sacked on the next play and lose the football.

Just one play and the Bears took over the lead.

On the Bucs first play from scrimmage, another turnover and more great field position for the Chicago offense.

From the 15-yard line, the Bears would take four plays before extending their lead to 11.

Back on offense, the Buccaneers started to string together plays for the first time in the second half.

Second-and-seven from the Bears 32-yard line.

Complete to V-Jax inside the 10 but the ball pops out. Play will be reviewed as every change of possession is looked at. #Bucs — Rick Brown (@LedgeronBucs) November 23, 2014

And the ruling on the field stands. The Bears take over.

The Buccaneers defense wouldn't allow the Bears to convert that turnover into points, forcing a Chicago punt. The Bucs offense would punt it back on their ensuing drive, but again the defense would stand, forcing a three-and-out.

Down by two scores, the offense took to the air looking to get down field and cut the lead. McCown found Murphy for 17 yards before a huge play by Vincent Jackson on third down.

The Buccaneers would get three points out of the drive, now down by just a touchdown and extra point.

Defense back on the field for the Bucs, down by eight and looking to get off the field quickly with under five minutes left in the game.

Third down and 7 for Bears. #Bucs haven't used any timeouts yet. About 3:20 left. — Rick Brown (@LedgeronBucs) November 23, 2014

Oh My. Bad punt. Bucs start at Bears 45. 3:04 left after that shank. — Rick Brown (@LedgeronBucs) November 23, 2014

The bad punt set up the Bucs offense. First down: Nine-yard pass to Charles Sims. Second down: Incomplete. Third down: No gain.

The Buccaneers would challenge the spot, but the ruling was upheld. The defense forced another three and out, putting the offense on the field again with just 13 seconds remaining, but it wasn't enough.

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