With the season hanging by a thread, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had every chance in the world to salvage a lost season.
Instead, turnovers and errors, mental mistakes and penalties led to a 28-21 loss to the host St. Louis Rams on Monday, putting a dagger into whatever is left of a lost season.
Quarterback Brian Griese had his second straight big game, tossing for 286 yards and two touchdowns, but the rest of the Bucs stumbled at the wrong times. Running back Charles Pittman fumbled late in the game, leading to a 93-yard return for a St. Louis touchdown, and kicker Martin Gramatica missed two makeable field goals. WIth time running out, future Hall of Famer Tim Brownfumbled away the Bucs waning chances with just 26 seconds remaining.
Bucs coach Jon Gruden said after the game, "It's tough, isn't it? We're going to rebound. We've lost five tough games. I complement (my players). They are tough mentally and physically, and they are the best 1-5 team in the league, I promise you that. I'm excited about the future.''
Gruden's right about being the bst 1-5 team in the league. Then again, there is only one other 1-5 team in the league.
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