Jaguars 24, Buccaneers 23
TB: Matt Bryant 44 field goal, 7:26.
Drive : 8 plays, 44 yards, 3:45.
Key play : Bucs QB Jeff Garcia moved the drive along with his legs, carrying the ball for gains of 21 yards and 10 yards, both for first downs.
Tampa Bay 3, Jacksonville 0
JAC: LaBrandon Toefield 1 run, 1:31.
Drive: 10 plays, 50 yards, 5:55.
Jacksonville 7, Tampa Bay 3
JAC: John Carney 41 field goal, 7:25.
Drive: 5 plays, 34 yards, 2:11.
Key play: Gray put the Jags in Bucs territory with a 30-yard pass over the top to TE Greg Estandia on the first play of the drive.
Jacksonville 10, Tampa Bay 3
JAC: Aaron Glenn 28 interception return, 7:09.
Key play: Glenn jumped a short hitch to Joey Galloway and had no trouble scoring. It was Jeff Garcia's first interception of the season.
Jacksonville 17, Tampa Bay 3
TB: Joey Galloway 58 pass from Jeff Garcia (Bryant kick), 5:45.
Drive: 3 plays, 81 yards, 1:24.
Key play: Galloway ran a seam route up the heart of the Jaguars' secondary and corners Aaron Glenn and Rashean Mathis never had a chance to catch him.
Jacksonville 17, Tampa Bay 10
TB: Bryant 22 field goal, :15.
Drive: 10 plays, 57 yards, 1:46.
Key play: If Garcia had scrambled a half-yard more on 3rd-and-9 from the Jags 13, he would have gotten a first down and a fresh set of downs to try for a touchdown.
Jacksonville 17, Tampa Bay 13
TB: Michael Bennett 19 run (Bryant kick), 3:29.
Drive: 3 plays, 33 yards, 1:24.
Key play: Jeff Garcia actually threw the ball to Bennett, but it was a backward pass. Bennett took the catch, found a seam and hit the pylon for the touchdown.
Tampa Bay 20, Jacksonville 17
TB: Bryant 42 field goal, :05.
Drive: 4 plays, 6 yards, 1:34.
Key play: Earnest Graham's 2-yard loss on first down puts the Bucs in a second-and-long situation.
Tampa Bay 23, Jacksonville 17
JAC: Matt Jones 8 pass from Quinn Gray (Carney kick), 11:37.
Drive: 8 plays, 53 yards, 3:28.
Key play: Ernest Wilford's catch on third down saw him just barely get both feet inbounds, with possession, to extend the drive. The Bucs' challenge of the play failed.
Jacksonville 24, Tampa Bay 23
Missed field goals
Quarterback: C-. His worst game in Tampa Bay. He threw three picks, including one that led to a score. He consistently missed both Joey Galloway and Ike Hilliard deep with passes that could have changed the game.
Running backs: B. Against a tough Jags defense, the backs played well, averaging 6.5 yards per carry. Michael Bennett scored his first TD. Garcia contributed 45 yards.
Wide receivers: C+. Maurice Stovall and Jerramy Stevens made some nice contributions. Joey Galloway caught a deep TD. But there were some drops that could have set the Bucs up for bigger things.
Offensive line: B-. A solid performance against a high-energy Jags defense. They only gave up two sacks and the run game had a nice average. This group needed to hold its own, and it did.
Defensive line: B-. They sacked Quinn Gray twice, but the Jags ran so much they were unable to get consistent pressure on him. The Jags only gained 3.0 yards per carry, a good average if you're talking defense.
Linebackers: B-. No turnovers, but Barrett Ruud and Derrick Brooks combined for 22 tackles and gang-tackled Jaguar ball carriers all day. Cato June added five tackles. Many were waiting for a turnover, though.
Secondary: B They didn't give up anything deep, but the two plays they needed to make on the Jags' last scoring drive they were unable to. Gray got deep on them one time to a tight end.
Special teams: C. Matt Bryant had a fine day kicking the ball, and Josh Bidwell averaged 44.5 yards per punt and put the Jags inside the 20 four times. But the absence of Mark Jones was obvious, as the return units had their struggles.
Overall grade: C. The defense played well enough to win this game, so the blame has to fall to the offense. Garcia threw three interceptions. Plus, he came oh-so-close several times to game-changing passes downfield. One catch here, one yard there, and the Bucs would be talking about winning a tough game instead of losing one. The last two losses have the feel of missed opportunities.
Bucs at a glance
Playoff pulse: They're still in the divisional race, but their slide is making it a three-horse race.
What's coming up
Sunday: vs. Arizona. It could be a reunion with Tim Rattay next week. Remember him?