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                === Resurgent Bucs top turnover-prone Lions ===
 
 Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay defense had four interceptions
 and recovered a fumble as the Buccaneers took a 24-21 victory over the Detroit
 Lions at Ford Field.
 
 Leonard  Johnson returned one interception for a touchdown, and Johnthan Banks
 sealed  the victory  with a pick with  Detroit in field goal range late in the
 game.
 
 The  Buccaneers (3-8)  also blocked  a punt,  while Tiquan  Underwood had  two
 touchdown  catches  in Tampa Bay's  third straight  win after losing its first
 eight games of the season.
 
 "That  was  one of  the more gutsy  performances I've seen  from a team," said
 Tampa  Bay head coach  Greg Schiano. "We were up against a lot of things today
 and the guys went up against all of them."
 
 Bucs  quarterback Mike  Glennon  finished  the game  14-of-21  for 247  yards,
 while Bobby Rainey -- a week  removed from a 163-yard  game -- was  limited to
 just  35  yards  on 18  carries  for  Tampa  Bay,  which won  its  first  road
 game in  five tries  this season.
 
 "Our  secondary really  stepped its game today," said Glennon. "That is one of
 the  best passing offenses  over there, and they have the best receiver of our
 time. So the job the secondary did today was amazing."
 
 Matthew  Stafford  had three  touchdown passes,  but was picked off four times
 and  finished  26-of-46 for  297 yards  for the Lions  (6-5), who have dropped
 their past two games.
 
 "I  had  a couple of bad  decisions and unlucky bounces today," said Stafford.
 "That minus portion of the turnover ratio, we have to get that fixed."
 
 Despite  the losing  streak, Detroit still finds itself atop the NFC North, as
 Chicago  lost to  St. Louis  on Sunday  and  Green Bay  played to  a tie  with
 Minnesota.
 
 Chicago  has the  same record  as  Detroit, but  the Lions  won both  meetings
 against the Bears. Green Bay won the first matchup with Detroit, and the Lions
 will host the Packers on Thursday in their annual Thanksgiving game.
 
 "There's  still a  lot on  the line  and it's  now a  five-game season,"  said
 Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz. "As bitter and disappointing as this loss is,
 we have a short turnaround time here and we're not out of this, at all."
 
 Tampa  held a 24-21  lead after Underwood's second TD of the game, a 85-yarder
 less than a minute into the fourth quarter.
 
 Holding  the Lions  on their ensuing touch, the Buccaneers' special teams came
 up with a big play by blocking a Sam Martin punt and recovering at the Detroit
 11.
 
 Detroit's defense, though, pushed the Bucs back six yards and forced a 35-yard
 field goal attempt from Rian Lindell, which he missed just to the left to keep
 it a three-point game.
 
 The  Lions turned the  ball over yet again on their next drive, as Kris Durham
 caught  a pass  along the left sideline  before it came out of his hands, with
 the Bucs getting the ball back at the Detroit 37.
 
 Facing  a 3rd-and-3  at the Detroit 25,  Glennon took a 7-yard sack instead of
 throwing  the ball  away, leading to another missed field goal from Lindell --
 this one from 50 yards -- to give Detroit another chance.
 
 Starting  at his own 40 with 3:49 to play, Stafford converted a 3rd-and-5 with
 a 21-yard pass over the middle to Calvin Johnson. Following another first down
 thanks  to a  defensive holding call, the  Lions again faced a third down from
 the Tampa 28.
 
 Flushed out of the pocket, Stafford went deep for Calvin Johnson near the goal
 line,  but the ball  popped out of his hands and into those of Banks, who held
 on for the pick before Glennon took three knees to end the game.
 
 After  quick three-and-outs  from each squad to start the game, the Lions were
 driving  and got to the Tampa Bay 22, but a Stafford pass to Nate Burleson was
 tipped into the air and Lavonte David came down with the interception.
 
 Helped  by a  roughing-the-passer  call  on Nick  Fairley  on 3rd-and-15,  the
 Buccaneers  were  able to get  into field goal position  and Lindell hit a 38-
 yarder for a 3-0 lead with 3:23 to play in the first.
 
 Stafford drove the Lions back down the field on the next drive, with a 28-yard
 catch-and-run  from  Burleson on  a screen  getting the ball  to the Tampa 36.
 Burleson  followed that  with an 18-yard catch, then later capped the 11-play,
 80-yard  march  with a 5-yard  grab in the  end zone for  a 7-3 lead just over
 three minutes into the second quarter.
 
 Tampa  got a  47-yard catch  from Vincent  Jackson on  the first  snap of  its
 ensuing  drive.  Five plays later,  Glennon hit  Underwood just inside the end
 zone for a 7-yard score and a 10-7 advantage with 8:42 left in the first half.
 
 Detroit  again had an answer, as Reggie Bush took the first snap 15 yards on a
 carry,  Durham  caught a pass  for 18 yards  and a roughing-the-passer call on
 Tampa moved the ball to the Bucs' 32. Four plays later, Stafford tossed a pass
 to  the right  corner of the end  zone, where Joseph Fauria came down with the
 ball for a 14-10 lead with 4:33 to play before halftime.
 
 Following  a three-and-out from the Bucs, Detroit got the ball back at its own
 35.  Stafford  threw a  pass out to  his right for  Brandon Pettigrew in which
 Leonard  Johnson  jumped the  route for a  clean pick, which  he ran the other
 way  for a 48-yard score and a 17-14 Tampa Bay lead with 50 seconds to play in
 the half.
 
 The  Lions' first  possession of the second  half saw them grab the lead back.
 Detroit  went  69 yards over eight  plays, with Pettigrew catching a pass over
 the middle in the end zone from 18 yards out for a 21-17 edge. The big play of
 the drive saw Calvin Johnson catch a 21-yard pass on 3rd-and-8.
 
 Tampa again went three-and-out on its next touch, and Stafford drove the Lions
 down to the Tampa 25. On first down, though, he tried to force a pass into the
 end  zone for Calvin Johnson, and Keith Tandy came up with the pick to keep it
 a four-point game.
 
 After an exchange of punts, the Bucs found themselves pinned at their own five
 late  in the third.  After gaining a first down to get some room, Glennon went
 deep  over the middle for Underwood, who caught the ball in stride and took it
 all  the way for an 85-yard score and a 24-21 lead less than a minute into the
 final quarter.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Tampa  joined the  1978 St. Louis Cardinals  as the only NFL team to win three
 straight games after losing its first eight ... Burleson  returned to play for
 first time since Week 3 after breaking his arm in  a car  accident ...  It was
 the  16th three-touchdown  game  of  Stafford's career  and  his second  four-
 interception  game ...  Tampa cornerback  Darrelle  Revis sat  out the  second
 half  with a  groin injury  ... Bush  finished the  game with  83 yards  on 15
 carries,  while adding  four  catches for  17  yards ...  Tampa  Bay plays  at
 Carolina  next Sunday  ... Detroit outgained the Bucs, 390-229, and controlled
 the  ball for  33:22 ... Detroit had  won the previous two matchups with Tampa
 and still leads the series, 29-27.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 11/24 18:49:48 ET