Bucs-Giants scoring summary, gradebook

Here is the complete scoring summary, statistical breakdown and gradebook from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 24-14 NFC Wild Card playoff loss to the New York Giants on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium:

New York Giants 24, Tampa Bay 14

First quarter

TB: Earnest Graham 1 run (Matt Bryant kick), 1:49.

Drive: 10 plays, 54 yards, 5:13.

Key play: Bucs QB Jeff Garcia's quarterback sneak on 3rd-and-1 from the Giants 23 kept the drive moving toward the red zone.

Tampa Bay 7, New York Giants 0

Second quarter

NYG: Brandon Jacobs 5 pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick), 10:02.

Drive: 8 plays, 53 yards, 4:04.

Key play: Manning found WR Amani Toomer for a 13-yard completion on 3rd-and-9 to the Bucs 5.

Tampa Bay 7, New York Giants 7

NYG: Jacobs 8 run (Tynes kick), 4:06.

Drive: 7 plays, 65 yards, 4:23.

Key play: Manning went across the middle to WR Steve Smith for a 21-yard gain to the Bucs 17 to convert another key third down.

New York Giants 14, Tampa Bay 7

Third quarter

NYG: Tynes 25 field goal, 9:56.

Drive: 9 plays, 23 yards, 4:54.

Key play: Buccaneers KR Micheal Spurlock fumbled the opening kickoff return of the second half, and the Giants recovered.

New York Giants 17, Tampa Bay 7

Fourth quarter

NYG: Amani Toomer 4 pass from Manning (Tynes kick), 8:03.

Drive: 15 plays, 92 yards, 8:37.

Key play: The whole drive was key, as the Giants ran the ball effectively and converted the only two third downs they faced in 15 plays. Both were Manning passes.

New York Giants 24, Tampa Bay 7

TB: Alex Smith 6 pass from Jeff Garcia (Bryant kick), 3:25.

Drive: 12 plays, 88 yards, 4:38

Key plays: Garcia's short seam pass to Michael Pittman for 8 yards kept the drive moving on 3rd-and-4 from the Bucs 31. Garcia later hit Pittman for a 26-yarder.

New York Giants 24, Tampa Bay 14

Statistics

Rushing

Tampa Bay

Player—No.—Yds.—TD—Lg.

Earnest Graham—18—63—1—11

Michael Pittman—1—5—0—5

B.J. Askew—1—3—0—3

Jeff Garcia—1—2—0—2

Joey Galloway—1—-4—0—-4

Totals—22—69—1—11

New York Giants

Player—No.—Yds.—TD—Lg.

Ahmad Bradshaw —17—66—0—8

Brandon Jacobs—13—34—1—9

Totals—30—100—1—9

Passing

Tampa Bay

Player—Att.—Co.—Yds.—TD—INT

Jeff Garcia—39—23—207—1—2

Totals—39—23—207—1—2

New York Giants

Player—Att.—Co.—Yds.—TD—INT

Eli Manning—27—20—185—2—0

Totals—27—20—185—2—0

Receiving

Tampa Bay

Player—No.—Yds.—TD—Lg.

Michael Pittman—5—62—0—26

Earnest Graham—4—27—0—14

Ike Hilliard—4—27—0—9

Michael Clayton—3—39—0—15

Alex Smith—3—26—1—15

B.J. Askew—2—12—0—7

Joey Galloway—1—9—0—9

Jerramy Stevens—1—5—0—5

Totals—23—207—1—26

New York Giants

Player—No.—Yds.—Avg.—TD—Lg.

Amani Toomer—7—74—1—17

Plaxico Burress—4—38—0—14

Steve Smith—3—29—0—21

Brandon Jacobs—2—16—1—11

Kevin Boss—2—14—0—11

Ahmad Bradshaw—1—9—0—9

Mike Hedgecock—1—5—0—5

Totals—20—185—2—21

Bucs Gradebook

Quarterback: D. It wasn't what we've come to expect from Jeff Garcia. He was not sharp. The Giants had something to do with it, certainly. But his first interception was the final blow, frankly. The Bucs needed a field goal, at least, and didn't get it. The Giants dominated from there.

Running backs: C. Earnest Graham had a solid day, given what opportunities he had. As the game wore on, the Bucs were most successful when they put the ball in his hands. But he can't avoid interceptions, nor can he protect the quarterback. No other back was really a factor on Sunday.

Wide receivers: C. No one really made any big plays. Joey Galloway — Garcia said he had a sore shoulder — was a non-factor, thanks to blanket coverage. Ike Hilliard and Michael Clayton were fairly productive, but the Bucs needed a lot more from either player to win this game. And they didn't get it.

Offensive line: D. Only one sack shows up on the Giants stat sheet. But the Bucs definitely didn't protect Garcia on Sunday. He was hit too often and had to get rid of the ball too early. They did better blocking for Graham, but their deficiency against the Giants' front seven in pass situations had more of an impact on the game.

Defensive line: D. They gave up 100 yards rushing, but most of it came in the second half when an inefficient Bucs offense left them on the field too long. Where they really didn't play well was on the pass rush. It was non-existent after the first quarter, when Gaines Adams had the team's only sack. No pressure meant Eli Manning had plenty of time.

Linebackers: C-. The way the game went this group had little to do. Derrick Brooks had 11 tackles, but he and Barrett Ruud really didn't make any impact plays, frankly. Ruud said it best. "We didn't do anything to create a turnover on defense, and that was a difference in the game." Well put.

Secondary: C-. Eli Manning picked this defense apart, but the secondary didn't allow any really big plays. They gave them the short stuff, and the Giants took that and made it successful. Here's another unit that needed to create a turnover and they couldn't do it.

Special teams: D. Micheal Spurlock's fumble was poorly timed and sapped whatever momentum the Bucs might have forged coming out of the locker room. The punt return game was non-existent and Matt Bryant had little to do. The coverage units were solid and P Josh Bidwell was below average by his standards.

Overall grade: D. The Bucs simply didn't get it done on Sunday. They played a great first quarter but it really broke down after that. They were a minus-3 in turnovers, they gave Eli Manning too much underneath in the passing game and created no defensive pressure up front. They did limit the Giants run game, but to no avail. You also got the feeling that the Bucs were outcoached, too.

Bucs at a glance

Record: 9-8 (0-1 in playoffs).

Playoff pulse: Flatline.

What's coming up

The offseason: The Bucs have plenty to do to sustain their momentum for 2008.


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