Tampa Bay 34, San Diego 24

Sunday, November 11, 2012 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, November 11, 2012
WHERE: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
TEMPERATURE: 80°
HEAD OFFICIAL: Bill Vinocich
ATTENDANCE: 54813

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
San Diego 14 7 0 3 24
Tampa Bay 7 10 7 10 34

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
San Diego 4-5 2-2 2-3 L1
Tampa Bay 5-4 3-2 2-2 W3

Recap


Buccaneers 34, Chargers 24: Josh Freeman threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Tiquan Underwood late in the third quarter and Leonard Johnson returned an interception 83 yards for a score early in the fourth as host Tampa Bay scored 17 second-half points en route to its third straight win.

Dallas Clark had a 3-yard TD catch and Adam Hayward recovered a blocked punt and ran it back 29 yards for a score for the Buccaneers (5-4), who have won four of five overall and scored at least 34 points in each victory.

With San Diego (4-5) leading 21-17, Freeman followed a 31-yard completion to former Charger Vincent Jackson with a scoring strike to Underwood with 4:07 remaining in the third, putting Tampa Bay ahead for good.

On 3rd-and-4 with less than three minutes expired in the fourth, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers rolled to his right before making an ill-advised pass directly to Johnson, who streaked down the sideline for a 31-21 advantage. Rivers threw another interception with 3:09 remaining, leading to Connor Barth's second field goal of the day.

Rivers completed 29 of 37 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns - including an 80-yarder to Danario Alexander on the game's third play from scrimmage - for the Chargers, who have lost five of seven. San Diego had won all five of its previous visits to Tampa Bay.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Chargers TE Antonio Gates' touchdown catch was the 80th of his career, putting him one behind Lance Alworth for first place on the franchise list. ... Freeman, who was 14-of-20 for 210 yards, has thrown 13 TD passes and just one interception over his last five games. ... Alexander finished with 134 yards on five catches. ... Both of San Diego's victories over its last seven contests have come against lowly Kansas City. ... Tampa Bay improved to 2-8 in the all-time series against the Chargers.


 

Top Game Performances

Rushing
San Diego   Tampa Bay
Ryan Mathews Player Doug Martin
17 Attempts 19
54 Yards 68
3.2 Avg Yards 3.6
0 Touchdowns 0
10 Long 14
Receiving
San Diego   Tampa Bay
Danario Alexander Player Mike Williams
5 Receptions 2
134 Yards 64
26.8 Avg Yards 32.0
1 Touchdowns 0
80 Long 54

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
San Diego 426 103 323 3 1 0 1.0 0
Tampa Bay 279 74 205 4 2 2 2.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Tampa Bay will play their next game on the road against Carolina. The Buccaneers have a W/L % of .556 after a win and .556 after a loss.
  • San Diego will play their next game on the road against Denver. The Chargers have a W/L % of .444 after a win and .444 after a loss.