Tampa Bay 24, Minnesota 20

Sunday, September 18, 2011 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, September 18, 2011
WHERE: Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota
TEMPERATURE: DOME
HEAD OFFICIAL: Jeff Triplette
ATTENDANCE: 62461

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Tampa Bay 0 0 10 14 24
Minnesota 7 10 0 3 20

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 1-1 0-1 1-0 W1
Minnesota 0-2 0-1 0-1 L2

Recap


LeGarrette Blount found the end zone with 31 seconds left and finished with 71 yards and two touchdowns as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dominated the second half to pull out a 24-20 victory over the host Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Josh Freeman completed 22 of 31 passes for 243 yards and a score for the Buccaneers, who bounced back from a season-opening loss in Week 1.

Trailing 20-17 with 4:12 left, Tampa Bay (1-1) got the ball back on its own 39-yard line and needed nine plays to take the lead. Freeman completed 5 of 6 passes on the drive before turning around and handing it to Blount for the last 4 yards.

Adrian Peterson finished with 120 yards on 25 carries for Minnesota (0-2).

The Vikings took a 17-0 lead into the half thanks to a pair of rushing touchdowns by Peterson and a defensive effort that limited the Buccaneers to 53 yards before the break.

Tampa Bay turned those numbers around in the third quarter, allowing Minnesota a total of one yard over its first two drives while cashing in on offense with Blount’s 27-yard touchdown run and a 36-yard field goal that cut it to 17-10 heading to the fourth.

The Vikings got on the board again with a field goal early in the fourth, but Freeman’s 25-yard hookup with Arrelious Benn brought Tampa Bay within three.

Donovan McNabb was 18 of 30 for 220 yards for Minnesota.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Tampa Bay   Minnesota
LeGarrette Blount Player Adrian Peterson
13 Attempts 25
71 Yards 120
5.5 Avg Yards 4.8
2 Touchdowns 2
27 Long 19
Receiving
Tampa Bay   Minnesota
Preston ParkerPlayer Percy Harvin
6 Receptions 7
98 Yards 76
16.3 Avg Yards 10.9
0 Touchdowns 0
51 Long 19

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Tampa Bay 335 105 230 3 1 0 2.0 1
Minnesota 398 186 212 2 2 1 2.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Detroit . The Vikings have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against Atlanta. The Buccaneers have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.
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