Bucs-Cards scoring summary, game grades

Here is the scoring summary from Tampa Bay's 17-10 victory over Arizona, including my game grades:

Buccaneers 17, Cardinals 10

Game summary

First quarter

AZ: Neil Rackers 47 field goal, 12:17.

Drive: 6 plays, 59 yards, 2:43.

Key play: QB Kurt Warner went over the top of the Bucs defense to complete a 47-yard pass to WR Larry Fitzgerald into Bucs territory.

Cardinals 3, Buccaneers 0

TB: Joey Galloway 37 pass from Jeff Garcia (Matt Bryant kick), 5:56.

Drive: 10 plays, 77 yards, 6:21.

Key play: Garcia slipped out of the grasp of Cardinals DE Bertrand Berry and dove forward for a key first down to keep the drive alive for the Buccaneers.

Buccaneers 7, Cardinals 3

Second quarter

TB: Bryant 32 field goal, 13:37.

Drive: 4 plays, 3 yards, 1:12.

Key play: Bucs RT Jeremy Trueblood and LG Arron Sears were called for back-to-back false starts, forcing the Bucs to start at 1st-and-20 at the Cardinals 37.

Buccaneers 10, Cardinals 3

Third quarter

TB: Earnest Graham 2 run (Bryant kick), 10:33.

Drive: 10 plays, 64 yards, 4:27.

Key play: Joey Galloway broke a tackle on a crossing route, pushing the Bucs into the Cardinals' red zone.

Buccaneers 17, Cardinals 3

Fourth quarter

AZ: Edgerrin James 3 run (Rackers kick), 7:30.

Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 4:17.

Key play: Warner and Fitzgerald hooked up for a 16-yard gain on 3rd-and-15 in Buccaneers territory.

Buccaneers 17, Cardinals 10



Tampa Bay


Earnest Graham—34—124—1—15

Jeff Garcia—7—26—0—14

Michael Bennett—5—12—0—5




Edgerrin James—9—15—1—3t

J.J. Arrington—2—7—0—5

Marcel Shipp—1—1—0—1



Tampa Bay


Jeff Garcia—28—18—196—1—0




Kurt Warner—30—10—172—0—2



Tampa Bay


Ike Hilliard—7—70—0—18

Joey Galloway—5—84—1—37t

Alex Smith—2—13—0—10

Earnest Graham—2—13—0—7

Maurice Stovall—1—9—0—9

B.J. Askew—1—7—0—7




Larry Fitzgerald—4—95—0—47

Anquan Boldin—3—40—0—24

Bryant Johnson—1—14—0—14

Jerheme Urban—1—12—0—12

J.J. Arrington—1—11—0—11


Missed field goals

TB: Bryant 58 (Short), 26 (wide left)

Bucs Gradebook

Quarterback: B+. This was the Jeff Garcia we got used to in the first four games — efficient, elusive and productive. No turnovers today for the first time in three weeks.

Running backs: A. Earnest Graham proved to everyone that he can shoulder the entire load by carrying 34 times and being productive. There should be no worries about what he can do from now on.

Wide receivers: B. That drop by Alex Smith was pretty big, but it was the only glaring mistake. Otherwise, the receivers were sure handed and got the job done. Joey Galloway's TD catch was a thing of beauty.

Offensive line: B. The run blocking was superb, especially in the second half. They gave up three sacks, but given the Cardinals' exotic blitz schemes, John Wade and company did a good job in pass protection.

Defensive line: B-. They didn't register a sack, but they did a superb job in run defense and got enough pressure on Kurt Warner to make him uncomfortable.

Linebackers: B. A solid effort all around. Cato June had a key pass breakup. But this wasn't a big game for the unit the way it turned out. The Cardinals never went to their intermediate pass routes, probably out of respect for them.

Secondary: A. The safeties hit as hard as they have all season, and picked off two passes. Ronde Barber nearly picked one off. The receptions the Cardinals made, they didn't have much daylight.

Special teams: B. Matt Bryant's two missed field goals drives down the grade. But Josh Bidwell, Maurice Stovall and new kick returner Michael Spurlock all had fine games.

Overall grade: B+. This was the formula that worked so well for the Bucs earlier this season — a strong running game, complemented by Jeff Garcia's passing and some key special teams plays. It took the Bucs about a month to figure out how to get a running game going after their myriad of injuries, but this team should feel a lot better about itself as it enters the bye week.

Bucs at a glance

Record 5-4.

Playoff pulse: Right now they're in first, but I have a feeling they'll be sharing it after New Orleans beats St. Louis next week.

What's coming up

Sunday: at Atlanta, Nov. 18. This should be a win, even for the banged-up Bucs, shouldn't it?

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