NFL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Seattle|
(Sunday, December 20th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 24, Seattle 7
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Josh Freeman threw two touchdown passes and the
Tampa Bay defense recorded four interceptions, as the Buccaneers snapped an
eight-game road skid with a 24-7 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 15
action at Qwest Field.
Freeman completed 16-of-26 passes for 205 yards and one interception for the
Buccaneers (2-12), who won as the visitor for the first time since a 38-20
decision at Detroit on November 23, 2008.
Derrick Ward and Cadillac Williams each had a TD catch. Ward also rushed for
67 yards on 19 carries, while Williams ran for 66 yards on 12 attempts. Kellen
Winslow hauled in six passes for 93 yards.
"Today we responded after playing one of our worst offensive games off the
year. We got into a rhythm in the second half and that made a great
difference offensively," Freeman said.
Matt Hasselbeck connected on 27-of-46 passes for 256 yards and one touchdown
for the Seahawks (5-9), who have dropped two in a row. Julius Jones rushed for
65 yards on 12 carries, while Justin Forsett carried the ball nine times for
55 yards. John Carlson caught seven passes for 86 yards and a touchdown in
"This was a tough disappointing loss. We have to improve and get better. We
are what we are. This is all new to me, I have never been 5-9," Seahawks head
coach Jim Mora said.
Tampa Bay got things going on its first possession of the third quarter with a
10-play, 50-yard drive. Connor Barth capped the march with a 45-yard field
goal to cut the gap to 7-6 with 8:44 remaining.
The Buccaneers' defense then came up with a big interception, which set them
up at the Seattle 22. On the first play, Williams caught a pass from Freeman
and scampered into the end zone to put Tampa Bay ahead 13-7 with 7:44 to go.
The Seahawks went three-and-out on offense and were forced to punt. Sammie
Stroughter returned the punt 33 yards to the Seattle 37. Ward caught a six-
yard TD pass on the ninth play of the drive. A successful two-point conversion
made it a 21-7 game with 2:41 left in the third.
Barth's 39-yard field goal with 11:20 remaining in the fourth extended Tampa
Bay's margin to 24-7.
The beginning of the game was filled with mistakes and sloppy play. Freeman
was picked off on Tampa Bay's first possession. However, Hasselbeck fumbled
the football as Seattle was moving on its drive.
The Seahawks marched down the field after forcing the Bucs to go three-and-out
on offense. The drive stalled at the Tampa Bay four, though, and the field
goal unit came out. A bad snap forced a fumble and the Bucs took over.
Tampa Bay got things going on offense, but its march stopped at the Seattle
19. Barth's 38-yard field goal hit the right upright in the early stages of
After each team punted, the Seahawks took over at its own 15. Faced with a
3rd-and-1 at the Bucs 32, Jones made his way to the left side of the line and
gained a first down with three yards. On the next play, Carlson hauled in a
29-yard TD pass from Hasselbeck for a 7-0 lead with 4:31 left until half.
Hasselbeck was intercepted on the next Seattle drive, and Tampa Bay
capitalized with a 28-yard Barth field goal with 15 seconds remaining to make
it a 7-3 game at the break.
Despite the loss, the Seahawks have won seven of the 10 all-time meetings with
Tampa Bay...Heading into halftime, the Bucs had gone 11 quarters without
scoring an offensive touchdown...The Seahawks outgained the Bucs,
380-339...With his first catch of the day, Winslow surpassed the Buccaneers'
single-season record for receptions by a tight end. Winslow has 68 grabs on
the season. Jackie Harris had 62 receptions in 1995.
12/20 20:59:08 ET