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Tampa Bay Buccaneers blow 21 point lead in 27-24 OT loss to the Seattle Seahawks

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held a 21 point lead over the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter but they still couldn’t hold on to pick up their first win of the season.

Instead, the Bucs lost 27-24 to the Seahawks in overtime as Steve Hauschka kicked a 27-yard field goal that dropped the Bucs to 0-8.

In the first half, everything seemed to be going well. The Bucs jumped to a 21 point lead thanks to touchdown passes from Mike Glennon to Tim Wright and then Tiquan Underwood, and extended it further when Mike James hit Tom Crabtree with a jump pass for a two-yard touchdown.

From there though, it went downhill.

Jermaine Kearse cut the lead to 14 just before half time after hauling in a 16-yard pass from Russell Wilson, and while the Bucs extended their lead to 24-7 with a Ryan Lindell field goal to start the third quarter, the game began to slip away.

A 10-yard run by Wilson, followed by a Hauschka field goal cut it to 24-17 before Wilson hit Doug Baldwin for a 10-yard score with less than two minutes left to tie it.

The second half collapse had nothing to do with player personnel, rather poor coaching led to the demise of the Bucs. Questionable play calling on offense by Mike Sullivan led to a much more conservative approach which went against everything the Bucs did well in the first half.

Glennon finished with 163 passing yards after completing 17 of 23 attempts, while Mike James was phenomenal in Doug Martin’s absence as he rushed for 158 yards on 28 carries.

Mark Barron and Lavonte David had 11 tackles each and Barron also picked off a first quarter Russell Wilson pass for his second interception of the season. Keith Tandy also had his first career interception as he picked off Wilson in the end zone in the fourth quarter, which preserved the Bucs lead for another series, before Wilson tied it up late in the fourth.

The Bucs had a chance to win the game in overtime as they won the coin toss but they went three and out. Wilson drove the Seahawks inside the Bucs red zone before Pete Carroll called for the field goal unit, which in turn saw Hauschka’s kick send the Bucs to their 13th loss in their last 14 games.

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  • Jayson Kaplan

    I despise this coaching staff as much if not more than the next guy, but let’s not lay this loss entirely at their doorstep.

    I agree that Sullivan made bad calls in the second half, but I’m also positive he never told Mike Glennon to sack himself by tripping over his own feet. The announce team was generous and called it as if the Seattle defensive player pushed an offensive linemen backwards into Glennon but watch the tape again, the only Buc with whom Glennon makes contact is himself.

    This is the second week in a row where Glennon has looked like a uncoordinated doofus late in the game (recall that last week he had two low snaps that he was too tall and gangly to field correctly). Of course, he’s not the only one that made mistakes either.

    The coaches didn’t make these guys try to arm tackle Marshawn Lynch either.

  • Jayson Kaplan

    Oh, and I’d be remiss not to note that it’s “player personnel,” not “player personal.” While I have little doubt that many of these guys have personal problems with Schiano, personal and personnel are individual words.

    • LeoTPP

      Thanks, Jayson!