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New England 23, Tampa Bay 3 (Sept. 22, 2013)
FOXBOROUGH, MASS. – In their Week 3 contest at the New
England Patriots, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were unable to
produce offensively, losing the matchup 23-3. After winning
the coin toss and electing to defer, the Buccaneers defense
took the field and forced the Patriots to punt after linebacker
Lavonte David and safety Mark Barron sacked quarterback
Tom Brady for a loss of nine yards on third-and-2. Tampa
Bay quarterback Josh Freeman completed a 28-yard pass
to wide receiver Mike Williams on the first play of the next
drive, but, moving into New England territory, the Buccaneers
failed to score following a missed field goal by kicker
Rian Lindell. The Buccaneers defense then forced another
punt, giving Freeman a chance to move downfield to the New
England 12, despite starting the drive at the Tampa Bay 12.
Lindell attempted a 30-yard field goal which was good, putting
the Buccaneers up 3-0 near the end of the first quarter.
New England punted on its next possession, followed by the
Buccaneers turning the ball over on downs. Brady converted
fourth-and-2 to sustain the next New England drive, eventually
scoring on a 16-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver
Kenbrell Thompkins. On fourth-and-1 from the New England
38, the Buccaneers attempted to convert, but running back
Doug Martin fell short, and the Patriots regained possession
and again made the most of the situation, putting together a62-yard drive that ended with another touchdown reception
by Thompkins, bringing the score to 14-3. Freeman was intercepted
near midfield on the ensuing drive, and New England
capitalized with a 53-yard field goal by kicker Stephen
Gostkowski as the second quarter expired. The Buccaneers
punted to open the second half, and the Patriots drove all the
way to the Tampa Bay 6 and were in position to score before
Barron nabbed Brady’s pass in the end zone for a touchback.
However, the Buccaneers were held to a punt on the next
drive and the Patriots managed to increase their lead to 20-3
following a 46-yard Gostkowski field goal. Tampa Bay then
turned the ball over on downs once more, bucwhich led to
New England scoring on another field goal, taking their lead
to 23-3, the score upon which the game would end.
Tampa Bay 38, Arizona 35 (Oct. 31, 2010)
GLENDALE – Tampa Bay outlasted the Arizona Cardinals in
the desert, tacking up another come-from-behind fourth quarter
performance to secure the team’s fifth-straight road win.
The Cardinals struck first, after QB Max Hall found WR Larry
Fitzgerald for a three-yard touchdown pass on Arizona’s second
possession of the game. Despite being forced to punt on
their next drive, Tampa Bay came back and put points on the
board with an interception that LB Geno Hayes returned 41
yards for a touchdown. Early in the second quarter, the Cardinals
recovered a muffed punt and turned it into a RB Chris
Wells score. QB Josh Freeman responded immediately, hitting
WR Mike Williams with a deep 47-yard touchdown pass
on the following possession to keep the game tied. The momentum
continued to swing in Tampa Bay’s favor, as CB Aqib
Talib nabbed a Hall pass intended for WR Steve Breaston and
returned it 45 yards for his first career touchdown. The Cardinals
punted their next possession, giving the Buccaneers
enough time to close out the first half with a 10-point lead
following a 94-yard drive for a K Connor Barth field goal, the
longest field goal scoring drive in team history. Tampa Bay
went on to increase their lead to 31-14 in the beginning of
the second half after Freeman scrambled 21 yards on a third
down to set up RB LeGarrette Blount’s 15-yard scoring run.
However, Arizona fought back with two touchdowns in under
a minute of play—a 30-yard rush by RB LeRon Stephens-
Howling and a 21-yard LB Gerald Hayes fumble return. After
a Buccaneers punt, the Cardinals took command of the score
board as QB Derek Anderson completed a five-yard pass play
to Fitzgerald. Needing an answering score, Freeman sustained
the Buccaneers drive with a quarterback sneak on
fourth-and-one at the Tampa Bay 46, and then found WR
Arrelious Benn with a 53-yard bomb to Arizona’s one-yard
line. Blount took the ball from there, forcing through for his
second score of the day and giving the Buccaneers a 38-35
advantage with only five minutes left in the game. On the
first play of the ensuing Arizona possession, Hayes forced a
Stephens-Howling fumble that was intercepted by LB Barrett
Ruud, but Tampa Bay’s attempt to build more of a lead
was foiled when Barth’s kick was blocked by S Kerry Rhodes.
With three minutes on the clock and another chance to put
the game away, the Cardinals moved deep into Buccaneers
territory and looked to score, but the Anderson-to-Fitzgerald
pass was snatched by Talib. The Buccaneers offense took the
field once more, and, in an impressive display of athleticism,
Blount spun away from defenders and leapt over Rhodes,
running for 48 yards and helping seal the Buccaneers victory,
as Arizona was unable to produce on their final possession of
In the first meeting between the two teams, Buccaneers
WR Morris Owens catches four passes for 138 yards and
a touchdown in Tampa Bay’s 17-7 win (12/18/77)… The
Buccaneers begin three-game winning streak with a comefrom-
behind win at St. Louis (9/27/81)… The Buccaneers
scored two touchdowns in the final 2:51 to rally from a 10-6
deficit… RB James Wilder totaled 143 yards (71 rushing
and 72 receiving on nine receptions)… LB Hugh Green led
the Bucs with 12 tackles… LB Jeff Davis ties the previous
team record with 18 tackles vs. St. Louis (10/16/83)… The
Buccaneers record a 16-0 shutout vs. St. Louis (11/10/85)…
TE Jimmie Giles totals a career-best 134 receiving yards and
QB Steve DeBerg averages 17.8 yards per completion…
RB James Wilder notched his fifth 100-yard game of the
season… K Donald Igwebuike earned a game ball with three
field goals of more than 45 yards (47, 46 and 50)… RB
James Wilder equals his season-high with 80 rushing yards
(12/20/87)… Tampa Bay scores 21 second-half points vs.
Phoenix (9/18/88)… RB James Wilder totals 107 yards of
total offense… The Bucs recorded their second consecutive
late-game, one-point win at Phoenix (11/26/89)… WR Mark
Carrier catches eight passes for 90 yards… The Buccaneers
bookended the 1992 season with a pair of wins over the
Cardinals… Head Coach Sam Wyche wins his Buccaneer
debut (9/6/92)… WRs Mark Carrier and Lawrence Dawsey
both haul in seven receptions apiece (12/27/92)… The
Buccaneers equal their best start in franchise with their fifth
straight win to start the 1997 season with a 19-18 win vs.
Arizona (9/28/97)… QB Trent Dilfer throws two touchdowns…
DT Brad Culpepper totals three sacks. RB Earnest Graham
rushed 34 times for 124 yards and a touchdown as Tampa
Bay defeated Arizona by a score of 17-10 at Raymond James
Stadium (11/4/07)… The Buccaneers defense was stout
as the unit allowed just 23 yards on the ground. WR Joey
Galloway caught four passes for 84 yards and a touchdown
(11/4/07)… Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman led a fourthquarter
drive, including a quarterback sneak on a fourthand-
one and a 53-yard pass to WR Arrelious Benn, for a
touchdown and a come-from-behind win (10/31/10).
AGAINST THE OPPOSITION
Below are highlights of how selected Buccaneers have
performed during their careers against Arizona.
S Dashon Goldson: Recorded seven tackles, two forced
fumbles, two passes defensed and an interception
(12/14/09)… Registered four tackles and his first sack of the
year in the season finale (1/2/11)… Recorded an interception
in each of his matchups with the Cardinals in 2011
(11/20/11 & 12/11/11)… His three interceptions against
Arizona are tied for the fourth-most amongst active players…
Was a member of the San Francisco 49ers for his previous
nine games played against the Cardinals.
TE Tom Crabtree: Had a career long 72 yard touchdown catch
in win versus Arizona (11/4/12) as a member of the Green
CB Darrelle Revis: Had two interceptions, including one
returned for a touchdown, in a win against Arizona (9/28/08)
as a member of the New York Jets.
• Buccaneers CB Michael Adams played for the Arizona
Cardinals from 2007-12.
• Cardinals OT Bradley Sowell was signed by the
Buccaneers and eventually put on the team’s practice
squad in 2012.
FORMER NFL TEAMMATES
• Buccaneers RB Brian Leonard played with Cardinals QB
Carson Palmer as a part of the Cincinnati Bengals from
2009-10. Leonard was also teammated with Cardinals
DE Frostee Rucker from 2009-11.
• Buccaneers CB Darrelle Revis played with Cardinals K
Jay Feely on the New York Jets in 2008-09. Revis also
played with Cardinals S Yeremiah Bell as part of the New
York Jets in 2012.
• Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson and Cardinals CB
Antoine Cason played together for the San Diego Chargers
• Buccaneers TE Tom Crabtree and Cardinals G Daryn
Colledge played together for the Green Bay Packers in
• Buccaneers DT Derek Landri played with Cardinals G
Mike Gibson in Philadelphia in 2012.
• Buccaneers T Jamon Meredith and Cardinals RB Rashard
Mendenhall played together for the Pittsburgh Steelers
• Buccaneers QB Dan Orlovsky and Cardinals CB Jerraud
Powers played together for the Indianapolis Colts in
• Cardinals QB Drew Stanton played for the Detroit Lions
with Buccaneers T Jamon Meredith (2010) and QB Dan
• Cardinals P Dave Zastudil played with Buccaneers DT
Gary Gibson for the Baltimore Ravens in 2005.
FORMER COLLEGE TEAMMATES
• Buccaneers T Jamon Meredith and Cardinals LB Jasper
Brinkley played together at the University of South
Carolina from 2006-07.
• Buccaneers DE Da’Quan Bowers, Cardinals WR Jaron
Brown and RB Andre Ellington played together at
Clemson University from 2008-10.
• Buccaneers FB Erik Lorig and Cardinals TE Jim Dray
played together at Stanford University from 2005-08.
Buccaneers RB Doug Martin and Cardinals T Nate Potter
played together at Boise State University from 2007-11.
• Buccaneers LB Jonathan Casillas, G/T Gabe Carimi and
Cardinals DE Matt Shaughnessy played together at the
University of Wisconsin from 2006-08.
• Buccaneers TE Luke Stocker and Cardinals DT Dan
Williams played together at the University of Tennessee
• Buccaneers WR Russell Shepard (2009-12), Cardinals
CB Patrick Peterson (2008-10), ILB Kevin Minter (2010-
12), and S Tyrann Mathieu (2010-11) all played together
at Louisiana State University.
• Buccaneers S Mark Barron and Cardinals CB Javier
Arenas played together at the University of Alabama from
2008-09 and in 2009 won the National Championship.
• Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson is a native of Pompano
Beach, Florida, and went to Ely High School.
• Cardinals CB Javier Arenas is a native of Tampa, Florida,
and went to Robinson High School.
• Cardinals TE D.C. Jefferson is a native of Winter Haven,
Florida, and played under Buccaneers Head Coach Greg
Schiano at Rutgers University from 2008-11.
• Cardinals DE Calais Campbell played collegiately at the
University of Miami from 2004-06.
• Cardinals TE Rob Housler played collegiately at Florida
Atlantic University from 2006-08.
• Cardinals T Eric Winston played collegiately at the
University of Miami from 2002-04.
• Cardinals DE Darnell Dockett played collegiately at
Florida State University.
• Cardinals K Jay Feely played for the Florida Bobcats in
the Arena Football League in 1999.
• Buccaneers CB Deveron Carr grew up in Scottsdale,
Arizona and played collegiately at Arizona State
WHAT TO LOOK FOR…
– RB Doug Martin
• Martin has 1,751 career rushing yards and needs 188 more
to pass LeGarrette Blount (1,939 from 2010-12) for 10th
and 297 more to pass Earnest Graham (2,047 from 2004-
11) for ninth in career rushing yards in franchise history.
• Martin has 12 career rushing touchdowns and needs only
two more to pass LeGarrette Blount (13 from 2010-12), and
Doug Williams (13 from 1978-82) for 10th-most in franchise
• Martin has 392 career rushing attempts and needs 86 more
to pass Earnest Graham (477 from 2004-11) for 10th and
124 more to pass Jerry Eckwood (515 from 1979-81) for
ninth in career rushing attempts in franchise history.
– QB Josh Freeman
• Freeman has 13,534 career passing yards and needs 1,286
more to pass Vinny Testaverde (14,820 from 1987-92) for
the most passing yards in team history.
• Freeman has 1,967 career passing attempts and needs
72 more to surpass Trent Dilfer (2,038 from 1994-99) for
second-most and 194 more to pass Vinny Testaverde (2,160
from 1987-82) for the most attempts in team history.
– WR Mike Williams
• Williams has 24 career touchdown catches and with one
more he will surpass Dave Moore (24 touchdown catches
from 1992-2001, 2004-06) for fifth-most in franchise history.
• Williams has 24 total touchdowns and with one more he
will surpass Dave Moore (24 touchdowns from 1992-2001,
2004-06) and Carnell Williams (24 touchdowns from 2005-
10) for ninth-most in franchise history.
• Williams has 2,857 career receiving yards and needs 79
more to pass Michael Clayton (2,936 receiving yards from
2004-09) for ninth and 85 more to pass Bruce Hill (2,942
receiving yards from 1987-91).
• Williams has 200 career receptions and needs 40 more to
pass Gerald Carter (239 from 1981-87) for 10th most receptions
in franchise history.
– P Michael Koenen
• Koenen has 51 punts inside the 20 with the Buccaneers
and needs five more to pass Tommy Barnhardt (55 from
1996-98) for sixth-most, six more to pass Tom Tupa (56 from
2002-03) for fifth-most and nine more to pass Dan Stryzinski
(59 from 1992-94) for fourth-most punts inside the 20 in
INSIDE BRUCE ARIANS ..Cardinal's Head Coach
Bruce Arians was hired as head
coach by Arizona on January 17,
2013. He came to Arizona after
working as offensive coordinator
for the Indianapolis Colts in 2012,
where he also served as interim
head coach for 12 games during
Chuck Pagano’s absence while being
treated for leukemia.
Arians was selected as the 2012
AP NFL Coach of the Year after
leading Indianapolis to a 9-3 record and helping the Colts
clinch a playoff berth while tying the NFL record for most wins
ever by an interim coach. Arians previously coached at the pro
level with the Pittsburgh Steelers (offensive coordinator, wide
receivers coach, 2004-2011), Cleveland Browns (offensive coordinator,
2001-03), Indianapolis Colts (quarterbacks, 1998-
2000), New Orleans Saints (tight ends, 1996) and Kansas
City Chiefs (running backs, 1989-1992).
As offensive coordinator with the Steelers, Arians was part of
Pittsburgh teams that won three AFC North Division titles, two
AFC Championships and Super Bowl XLIII. He was also the
Steelers wide receivers coach when they won Super Bowl XL.