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               === Bucs down Chargers for third straight win ===
 
 Tampa,  FL  (Sports Network)  -  Josh  Freeman threw  for  210  yards and  two
 touchdowns  to lead  the Tampa  Bay Buccaneers  over the  San Diego  Chargers,
 34-24, on Sunday.
 
 Doug Martin rushed for 68 yards on 19 carries and also caught three passes for
 51  yards  for the Buccaneers  (5-4), who have won  three straight and four of
 their  last  five. Tiquan Underwood  and Dallas  Clark each caught a touchdown
 pass in the win.
 
 "Today we played team football. We held each other up, and it is critical
 against a good football team," Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. "We ran into
 Philip Rivers, he's been as hot as a fire cracker the last two games. We did
 just enough to find a win. It's a good feeling."
 
 San  Diego  quarterback Philip Rivers  completed 29-of-37 passes for 337 yards
 and   three   touchdowns,  but  also   threw  a  pair  of  costly  second-half
 interceptions.  Danario  Alexander  had  five  catches for  134  yards  and  a
 touchdown  and Malcom  Floyd had six catches  for 63 yards and a score for the
 Chargers (4-5), losers in four of their last five.
 
 "We were in the game, but we unfortunately had the conversation that if you
 give up a punt return for a touchdown and an interception returned for a
 touchdown you're not going to put yourself in jeopardy in terms of winning the
 game," Chargers coach Norv Turner said. "I thought we played hard in terms of
 when we had adversity we fought back. We have a group of guys that are
 mentally and physically tough."
 
 The  Chargers held a 21-17 lead at halftime, but the Bucs went on top for good
 with  4:07  left in the  third when Freeman found  Underwood with a 15-yard TD
 pass.
 
 Rivers  had the Chargers in scoring position on the ensuing series, but he was
 picked  off  by Leonard  Johnson. The cornerback  returned the interception 83
 yards for a touchdown and a 31-21 advantage with 13:22 remaining in the game.
 
 The  Chargers drew within a score on Nick Novak's 34-yard field goal with just
 over seven minutes left, but it would be as close they would get.
 
 Rivers  was picked off again near midfield on San Diego's next possession with
 just  over three minutes to play, leading to Connor Barth's 45-yard field goal
 with 1:12 remaining for the final margin.
 
 San Diego scored on its first touch when Rivers found Alexander for an 80-yard
 catch-and-run.  On 3rd-and-long, Rivers tossed it to Alexander over the middle
 and  the  receiver broke a  tackle and  used his hand  to avoid falling to the
 ground, then galloped all the way to the end zone.
 
 Tampa  Bay  answered right back  with a touchdown of  its own as Freeman found
 Clark  all  alone in  the end zone  to tie  the game. After  a 45-yard pass to
 Martin  got the  Bucs inside the San  Diego five, Freeman faked the handoff to
 Martin and tossed it to Clark for a 3-yard touchdown.
 
 The  Chargers kept things going on their second possession as Rivers hooked up
 with Antonio Gates for a 13-yard touchdown pass to go up 14-7. Earlier, Rivers
 found Floyd down the left sideline with a 22-yard pass before turning to Gates
 for a 33-yard gain to set up the score.
 
 The teams traded punts before Barth's 40-yard field goal made it 14-10. A deep
 54-yard  pass  to Mike Williams  got the ball in  San Diego territory, but the
 Bucs were unable to get into the end zone and settled for the field goal.
 
 Dekoda  Watson  blocked the Chargers' punt  on the ensuing possession and Adam
 Hayward  scooped it up and ran it in from 29 yards away to put Tampa Bay ahead
 17-14.
 
 San  Diego answered with  a touchdown and went back in front when Rivers found
 Floyd for a 3-yard score to cap a 14-play, 80-yard trek.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Tampa  Bay linebacker  Quincy Black left the  game in the third quarter with a
 head  and neck injury  and did not return. He suffered the injury on a helmet-
 to-helmet  collision  with San Diego running  back Ryan Mathews. He was carted
 off  the field  but flashed a "thumbs  up" to crowd from the cart ... Chargers
 head coach Norv Turner is 5-5 all-time against the Bucs ... Gates recorded his
 80th career touchdown.
 
 11/11 20:06:41 ET