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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Have Postseason Hopes Crushed in Last Second Loss to the Philadelphia Eagles

December 9th, 2012 at 6:59 PM
By Wolf Heard

It was a day of celebration for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the organization honored the 2002 Super Bowl team during halftime of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

It was a nice halftime show as team legends like Derrick Brooks, Mike Alstott, John Lynch, Warren Sapp, and coach Jon Gruden were in the house to relive their magical championship run.

As for the game that was played, the Bucs had a 100-yard receiver, 100-yard rusher, didn't have a turnover, and sacked Eagles quarterback Nick Foles six times.

And they still lost.

The Bucs losing streak extended to three games as they lost on the final play of scrimmage to the Eagles, 23-21.

On a day when the Bucs held the Eagles to just 29 rushing yards, their rookie quarterback was sensational. Foles completed a 32-of-51 passes for a franchise rookie record 381 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin as the game ended.

Foles also rushed for 27 yards and added a 10-yard rushing touchdown in the first half.

For the Bucs, quarterback Josh Freeman was inaccurate all day and completed just 14 of his 34 pass attempts. He didn't have any turnovers though, and finished with 189 yards and two touchdowns.

Wide receiver Vincent Jackson caught one of the touchdown passes in the third quarter to give the Bucs a 14-10 lead at the time. He ended up with six receptions for 131 yards. Mike Williams caught the other score from Freeman and finished with three catches for 18 yards.

Running back Doug Martin got back on track after two sub-par games and had 128 rushing yards and one touchdown.

But in the end it was the secondary that buckled as it has all season. Two plays before Maclin's touchdown catch, cornerback Danny Gorrer dropped an easy interception that would have secured the win. Instead, the Eagles went on to win and crush the Bucs' playoff hopes.

At 6-7, and with the Vikings, Cowboys, Redskins, and Seahawks all winning on Sunday, Tampa Bay needs to win out and hope for some serious help if it wants to make the postseason.

Tags: Doug Martin, Football, Jeremy Maclin, Josh Freeman, Mike Williams, NFL, Nick Foles, Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Vincent Jackson

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