Bucs-Colts game summary

Here is the game summary from Tampa Bay's 33-14 loss to Indianapolis on Sunday at the RCA Dome:

Colts 33, Buccaneers 14

Game summary

First quarter

IND: Dallas Clark 10 pass from Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri kick), 10:19.

Drive: 7 plays, 42 yards, 2:49.

Key play: Craphonso Thorpe's 29-yard punt return set the Colts up in Buccaneers territory.

Colts 7, Buccaneers 0

Second quarter

IND: Kenton Keith 1 run (kick blocked), 14:53

Drive: 14 plays, 74 yards, 8:09.

Key play: Keith ran for 2 yards to convert a fourth down for the Colts, keeping the drive alive.

Colts 13, Buccaneers 0

TB: Alex Smith 3 pass from Jeff Garcia (Matt Bryant kick), 6:43

Drive: 9 plays, 56 yards, 5:32

Key play: Garcia and Joey Galloway kept the drive alive with a 13-yard pass play on 3rd-and-8 on the Colts 43-yard line

Colts 13, Buccaneers 7

IND: Vinatieri 27 field goal, :00

Drive: 12 plays, 67 yards, 2:01

Key play: The Bucs offense went three-and-out on the preceding possession, giving Manning and the Colts one more possession before halftime.

Colts 16, Buccaneers 7

Third quarter

IND: Keith 7 run (Vinatieri kick), 7:23

Drive: 13 plays, 77 yards, 7:37.

Key play: Manning hit rookie Anthony Gonzalez for a 13-yard gain on 3rd-and-3 from the Buccaneers 39-yard line.

Colts 23, Buccaneers 7

Fourth quarter

IND: Reggie Wayne 9 pass from Manning (Vinatieri kick), 14:57

Drive: 11 plays, 68 yards, 5:45.

Key play: Keith's 15-yard gain moved the Colts inside the Bucs' 10-yard line.

Colts 30, Buccaneers 7

TB: Smith 3 pass from Garcia (Bryant kick), 9:21

Drive: 12 plays, 81 yards, 5:36.

Key play: Garcia's 27-yard pass to Galloway on 3rd-and-5 from the Bucs 49 moved the Bucs into Colts territory.

Colts 30, Buccaneers 14

IND: Vinatieri 35 field goal, 2:53

Drive: 11 plays, 67 yards, 6:28.

Key play: Keith jump-started the drive with a 22-yard run that put the Colts on their own 38-yard line.

Colts 33, Buccaneers 14



Tampa Bay

Player — No. — Yds. — Avg. — TD

Earnest Graham—6—11—0—9

Jeff Garcia—1—7—0—7

Michael Pittman—5—(-1)—0—4



Player — No. — Yds. — TD — Lg.

Kenton Keith—28—121—2—22

Clifton Dawson—8—24—0—5

Reggie Wayne—1—4—0—4

Luke Lawton—1—0—0—0

Peyton Manning—2—(-2)—0—(-1)



Tampa Bay

Player — Att. — Co. — Yds. — TD — INT

Jeff Garcia—23—18—143—2—0

Bruce Gradkowski—4—3—22—0—1



Player — Att. — Co. — Yds. — TD — INT

Peyton Manning—37—29—253—2—1



Tampa Bay

Player — No. — Yds. — TD — Lg.

Ike Hilliard—8—58—0—16

Joey Galloway—4—50—0—27

Earnest Graham—2—18—0—13

Michael Pittman—2—16—0—9

Jerramy Stevens—2—14—0—9

Alex Smith—2—6—2—3

B.J. Askew—1—3—0—3



Player — No. — Yds. — Avg. — TD — Lg.

Anthony Gonzalez—7—71—0—21

Reggie Wayne—7—62—1—16

Dallas Clark—7—49—1—10

Kenton Keith—5—37—0—14

Bryan Fletcher—2—25—0—16

Clifton Dawson—1—9—0—9


Bucs Gradebook

Quarterback: C+. Jeff Garcia threw two touchdown passes and didn't commit a mistake. But he certainly did not have the type of impact we had become used to so far.

Running backs: F. Without Carnell Williams, this group didn't get it done. Michael Pittman's injury didn't help matters, as the Bucs gained fewer than 20 yards on the ground in what has to be one of the worst performances in team history.

Wide receivers: C-. Joey Galloway dropped two passes and lost another in the lights of the RCA Dome. TE Alex Smith caught two TD passes, but those were really the only impact plays.

Offensive line: D. Their run blocking was atrocious. The pass blocking was a little better, as they minimized the Colts pass rush after the first two possessions found the Colts front four continually in the backfield.

Defensive line: F. They had no sacks and very little pressure on Peyton Manning. Their penetration on run defense wasn't much better, as former CFL back Kenton Keith had a career day — for an 8-year NFL veteran, not a back making his first start.

Linebackers: C. Derrick Brooks had 11 tackles and Barrett Ruud had nine. But their play, like the rest of the Bucs, didn't make much of an impact.

Secondary: D. The Bucs didn't allow any huge downfield plays. But that doesn't mean they played well. Peyton Manning picked them apart all day, as the secondary was relegated to making tackles. Tanard Jackson had the lone interception and one nice hit.

Special teams: C-. The kickoff coverage unit gave up a big return to start the second half. Josh Bidwell had an average day punting the ball. For the first time in a month, the special teams didn't make an impact play.

Overall grade: C-. The grading is harsh, but a performance like this could have been anticipated against a team like the Colts. I expected much more from the run game than the Bucs got. Garcia played fine, but the Colts exposed the Bucs pass rush as one that really needs a jump-start. The Bucs can't lose confidence after this loss. It was the defending Super Bowl champions, after all.

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