Bucs-Seahawks game summary

Here is the game summary from Tampa Bay's 20-6 loss to Seattle on Sept. 9, plus position grades by Bucsblitz.com's Matthew Postins.

Seahawks 20, Buccaneers 6

Game summary

First quarter

TB: Matt Bryant 38 field goal, 8:56

Drive: 6 plays, 55 yards, 3:55 time of possession

Key play: Jeff Garcia connected with Joey Galloway for a 49-yard gain deep into Seahawks territory.

Tampa Bay 3, Seattle 0

TB: Bryant 32 field goal, :00

Drive: 10 plays, 76 yards, 5:56 time of possession

Key play: A roughing the passer penalty on Seattle's Leroy Hill moved the Bucs into Seattle territory and kept the drive alive.

Tampa Bay 6, Seattle 0

Second quarter

SEA: Josh Brown 28 field goal, 2:39.

Drive: 11 plays, 69 yards, 4:03 time of possession

Key play: Matt Hasselbeck's 49-yard pass to Bobby Engram put the Seahawks inside the Bucs' 10-yard line.

Tampa Bay 6, Seattle 3

SEA: Shaun Alexander 1 run (Brown kick), :50

Drive: 3 plays, 14 yards, :37 time of possession

Key play: Nate Burleson's 56-yard punt return set up the Seahawks and the Bucs' 14-yard line.

Seattle 10, Tampa Bay 6

Fourth quarter

SEA: Brown 46 field goal, 14:09

Drive: 9 plays, 52 yards, 4:21 time of possession

Key play: The drive might have kept going if Seattle RB Shaun Alexander hadn't fumbled on 3rd-and-1 at the Bucs 25.

Seattle 13, Tampa Bay 6

SEA: Maurice Morris 34 pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Brown kick), 7:55

Drive: 7 plays, 70 yards, 4:13 time of possession

Key play: Morris split out wide and drew Bucs LB Derrick Brooks in coverage, who couldn't keep up with the Seahawks' fastest running back.

Seattle 20, Tampa Bay 6

Statistics

Rushing

Tampa Bay

Player, No.-Yds.-TD

Carnell Williams, 12-60-0

Earnest Graham, 4-11-0

Luke McCown, 1-9-0

Michael Pittman, 3-6-0

Jeff Garcia, 1-3 -0

Joey Galloway, 1-1-0 Michael Clayton, 1-0-0

Totals, 23-90-0

Seattle

Player, No.-Yds.-TD

Shaun Alexander, 27, 109-1

Maurice Morris, 3, 15-0

Mack Strong, 1-9-0

Matt Hasselbeck, 2-7-0

Nate Burleson, 1-3-0

Totals, 34-139-1

Passing

Tampa Bay

Player, Att.-Co.-Yds.-TD-INT

J. Garcia. 27-19-201-0-0

L. McCown, 4-1-9-0-0

Totals, 31-20-210-0-0

Seattle

Player, Att.-Co.-Yds.-TD-INT

Matt Hasselbeck, 24-17-222--0

Totals, 24-17-222-1-0

Receiving

Tampa Bay

Player, No., Yds., TD

Joey Galloway, 5-72-0

Michael Pittman, 5-32-0

Ike Hilliard, 4-49-0

Alex Smith, 2-23-0

Carnell Williams, 2-14-0

Michael Clayton, 1-11-0

Earnest Graham, 1-9-0

Totals, 20-210-0

Seattle

Player, No., Yds., TD

Marcus Pollard, 5-43-0

Bobby Engram, 3-64-0

Mack Strong, 3-21-0

Nate Burleson, 2-41-0

Shaun Alexander, 2-12-0

Maurice Morris, 1-34-1

D.J. Hackett, 1-7-0

Totals, 17-222-1

Bucs Gradebook

Quarterback: C. Jeff Garcia had a great start, but once Seattle adjusted he tapered off. He didn't make that much of a difference. Luke McCown looked rusty.

Running backs: B. Cadillac Williams had a 5.0-yard average before his injury. The run game sputtered without him. Michael Pittman had just three carries.

Wide receivers: C. Joey Galloway had a nice outing, but most of the receiving corps disappeared after the first quarter. Maurice Stovall didn't have a catch.

Offensive line: C-. They blocked well against the run, but their pass protection regressed. Garcia was hit at least 10 times in 27 pass attempts. Davin Joseph had two penalties (and two more declined).

Defensive line: C. There were two sacks, but only one from the defensive line. They forced only four quarterback hurries and gave up a 100-yard rushing game. The push into the backfield wasn't there.

Linebackers: C. Barrett Ruud had 13 tackles. Derrick Brooks had eight, but two costly misplays. Cato June disappeared, making just three tackles. No big plays of note.

Secondary: C. Allowed a couple of big plays, but for the most part forced the Seahawks to work underneath. Jermaine Phillips made 10 tackles. No interceptions, though.

Special teams: C. An average outing. They allowed a big return on punt coverage that set up a score. P Josh Bidwell nearly made a costly mistake, getting a rare do-over.

Overall grade: C. After the first quarter, this team resembled last year's unit. The offense sputtered, the defense made a few too many mistakes and Seattle did just enough to overtake them. The Bucs should have scored more than six points, and the Seahawks should have scored more than 20.


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