Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TOP 5: Best 3rd-Down D Performances

One point of emphasis for the Buccaneers this Sunday and every week is to limit the opponent’s proficiency on third-down conversion attempts. So far this season the Bucs have allowed conversions on 48.4% of attempts, the fifth-highest mark in the league.

Limiting opponents on third down is certainly a large key to success, and forcing opponents to frequently punt the ball back to the Bucs has resulted in some of the most impressive wins in Bucs history.

Take a look at some of the top Buccaneer performances in the last 15 seasons when it comes to limiting our opponents when they face third down.

12/8/2013

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27-6 victory vs. Buffalo Bills
11 attempts
1 conversion
9.1% third-down percentage

Just last season, the Buccaneers held the Buffalo Bills to a sub-10% success rate in third-down conversion. The Bucs defense piled up seven sacks in the game and forced five Buffalo turnovers.

12/16/2007

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37-3 victory vs. Atlanta Falcons
9 attempts
0 conversions
0.0% third-down percentage

In addition to keeping Atlanta from converting a single third-down try, the Bucs allowed the Falcons to control the ball for just 17 minutes and one second, the second best time-of-possession in Bucs history.

10/27/2002

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12-9 victory vs. Carolina Panthers
12 attempts
1 conversion
8.3% third-down percentage

On the road to the Super Bowl, the historic 2002 Buccaneers defense not only surrendered just one successful conversion, they also held the Carolina offense to just 130 net yards, the sixth-fewest in team history.

9/10/2000

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41-0 victory vs. Chicago Bears
11 attempts
1 conversion
9.1% third-down percentage

The Bucs defense allowed just 96 passing yards and forced four turnovers in this 41-0 home win over the Bears, the largest margin of victory in franchise history.

1/2/2000

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20-6 victory vs. Chicago Bears
12 attempts
0 conversions
0.0% third-down percentage

In Week 17 at Soldier Field, the Bucs held the Bears to 0% on third down attempts in a game that clinched the NFC Central Division. The Bears also attempted four fourth-down conversions, successful on just one.

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