For the 4th time this season the Buccaneers went into the half feeling pretty good about themselves. The overwhelming thoughts were if they could come out and play a similar style, they would win the game going away. However, the first drive of the first half quickly changed those thoughts. The Bucs came out of the locker room leading by three, a few plays later that was in jeopardy, and so was the game. The turnover that changed the tide, is this week’s “The Play.”
The first play of the half was a big one. Mike Glennon connected with Tim Wright for a 36 yard play that had the offense instantly feeling like it could move the ball in the second half like it did in the first. The next play Doug Martin picked up six yards and the Buccaneers were on the verge of field goal range.
Then on a 2nd a 4 Glennon threw a pass intended to Tiquan Underwood. Underwood is supposed to run a post route with Wright running an out underneath it. The safety came up way late to cover Wright and in doing so crossed paths with Tiquan. Underwood hesitated for a moment and wound up cutting off his route. Glennon delivers the ball to where Underwood should have been, but wasn’t, and it winds up being picked off.
The play should have gone to Wright and the Buccaneers would have picked up four to five yards and been left with a third and very short in field goal range. Instead, they are left without points, and the defense is thrust onto the field in a quick change.
Philadelphia took the turnover, started moving the ball, and then hit Riley Cooper of all people for a monster 47-yard TD pass. From there the Buccaneers offense drowned. They were able to move the ball from time to time, but could not put points on the board save for a measly field goal in the fourth.
Turnovers will often win you or lose you games. The Buccaneers let this one get away, and it’s mainly due to the single moment early in the second half. That’s why it’s, “The Play.”