Tampa Bay 36, Minnesota 17

Date - 8:20 PM EST, Thursday, October 25, 2012
Location - Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Temperature - DOME
Head Official - Ron Winter
Attendance - 60860

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Tampa Bay 10 10 10 6 36
Minnesota 0 10 7 0 17

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 3-4 2-2 1-2 W1
Minnesota 5-3 4-1 1-2 L1

Recap


Buccaneers 36, Vikings 17: Josh Freeman threw three touchdown passes and rookie Doug Martin broke loose for 214 total yards and two scores as Tampa Bay snapped a nine-game road losing streak.

Martin rushed for a career-high 135 yards - his first 100-yard game - and a score and caught three passes for 79 yards, including a 64-yard screen pass for a touchdown on the opening possession of the second half.

Freeman threw for 262 yards and connected on a pair of short first-half scoring passes to Erik Lorig and Mike Williams as the Buccaneers (3-4) beat the Vikings (5-3) for the sixth straight time and won on the road for the first time since a victory at Minnesota on Sept. 18, 2011.

Adrian Peterson rushed for 123 yards and had a 64-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter to make it 30-17, but Tampa Bay snuffed out any comeback hopes with a 16-play, 87-yard drive that consumed over nine minutes and was capped by Martin's 1-yard plunge.

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder wound up throwing for 251 yards with one TD and one interception on 19-of-35 passing but most of the yards came with the game out of hand. Percy Harvin had seven catches for 90 yards and a score.

Tampa Bay capitalized on two short punts and a fumble to score the game's first 13 points and extended the lead to 20-7 with 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half when Freeman hit Mike Williams with a 3-yard scoring pass following a fumble by Peterson.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Peterson had his 30th career 100-yard game, eclipsing the franchise record held by Robert Smith. ... Freeman became the second Tampa Bay quarterback to throw at least three touchdown passes in three straight games (Vinny Testaverde, 1989). ... Vikings CB Chris Cook left the game early in the third quarter with an injury to his right arm and was taken to the locker room for X-rays. ... Buccaneers K Connor Barth kicked three field goals to extend his streak to 37 successful conversions from 40 yards and in.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Tampa Bay   Minnesota
Doug Martin Player Adrian Peterson
29 Attempts 15
135 Yards 123
4.7 Avg Yards 8.2
1 Touchdowns 1
41 Long 64
Receiving
Tampa Bay   Minnesota
Doug Martin Player Percy Harvin
3 Receptions 7
79 Yards 90
26.3 Avg Yards 12.9
1 Touchdowns 1
64 Long 32

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Tampa Bay 416 159 257 4 3 1 3.0 2
Minnesota 369 140 229 2 1 0 1.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Seattle. The Vikings have a W/L % of .625 after a win and .625 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game on the road against Oakland. The Buccaneers have a W/L % of .429 after a win and .429 after a loss.