- QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a four-yard touchdown pass to WR DeSean Jackson in the third quarter, finishing an eight-play, 75-yard drive lasting 3:31. The touchdown reception was the second of the season for Jackson and the 48th of his career. The touchdown pass was the first of the season for Fitzpatrick.
- CB Brent Grimes recorded his first interception of the season in the fourth quarter, picking off QB Carson Palmer at the Tampa Bay 19-yard line, returning it 39 yards to the Arizona 42-yard line.
- The interception was the first of the season for Grimes and the 31st of his career. Since 2013, he has 18 interceptions, tied for the second-most in the NFL during that span. His 31 career interceptions are tied for the fifth-most among active players.
NFL MOST INTERCEPTIONS SINCE 2013
Rank Player (Team) INT
1. S Reggie Nelson (OAK) 19
2. CB Brent Grimes (TB) 18
2. S Glover Quin (DET) 18
2. CB Richard Sherman (SEA) 18
5. S Tashaun Gipson (JAC) 17
NFL MOST INTERCEPTIONS (Active Players)
Rank Player (Team) INT
1. S DeAngelo Hall (WAS) 43
2. CB Terence Newman (MIN) 41
3. S Reggie Nelson (OAK) 35
4. CB Aqib Talib (DEN) 34
5. CB Brent Grimes (TB) 31
5. CB Tramon Williams (ARI) 31
- DT Gerald McCoy recorded his second sack of the season in the third quarter, dropping Carson Palmer for a five-yard loss. McCoy has recorded sacks in each of the past two games. He now has 44.5 career sacks.
- Since the start of the 2013 season, McCoy has 35.5 sacks, the most in the NFL among defensive tackles.
2013-17 NFL SACK LEADERS – Defensive Tackles
Rank Player Sacks
1. Gerald McCoy (TB) 35.5
2. Geno Atkins (CIN) 33.0
3. Aaron Donald (LAR) 30.0
4. Jurrell Casey (TEN) 28.5
5. Ndamukong Suh (MIA) 26.0
- In the fourth quarter, TE Cameron Brate caught a touchdown from Ryan Fitzpatrick, finishing a six-play, 63-yard drive lasting 2:50.
- Brate has caught a touchdown in each of the past four games, the longest streak by a tight end in team history and tied for the longest streak in team history. The feat has been accomplished six times, most recently by WR Mike Evans in 2014 (11/2/14 at Cleveland-11/23/14 at Chicago).
- Brate has 12 receiving touchdowns over the past two seasons, the most by any tight end in the NFL. His four touchdown catches this season are tied for seventh among all NFL players.
2016-17 NFL MOST TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS - Tight Ends
Rank Player Team TD
1. Cam Brate TB 11
2. Hunter Henry LAC 10
3. Kyle Rudolph MIN 9
4. Zach Ertz PHI 8
4. Antonio Gates LAC 8
2017 NFL MOST TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS
Rank Player Team TD
1. WR DeAndre Hopkins HOU 6
1. WR Jordy Nelson GB 6
3. WR Davante Adams GB 5
3. WR Michael Crabtree OAK 5
3. WR Will Fuller V HOU 5
3. WR Chris Hogan NE 5
7. TE Cam Brate TB 4
7. WR Nelson Agholor PHI 4
7. WR Stefon Diggs MIN 4
7. RB Melvin Gordon SD 4
- Following Brate’s touchdown catch, the Buccaneers scored a defensive touchdown, with LB Lavonte David forcing a fumble from Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald, recovering the fumble and returning it 21 yards for a touchdown. It is David’s first career fumble recovery returned for a touchdown and his third career touchdown (also two interceptions returned for a touchdown).
- David’s three career defensive touchdowns are tied for the fifth-most in team history
BUCCANEERS CAREER DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS
Rank Player, Year Def. TD
1. DB Ronde Barber, 1997-2012 12
2. LB Derrick Brooks, 1995-2008 7
3. DT David Logan, 1979-86 4
3. CB Mike Washington, 1976-84 4
5. CB Donnie Abraham, 1996-2001 3
5. CB Cedric Brown, 1976-84 3
5. LB Lavonte David, 2012-Pres. 3
5. CB Wayne Haddix, 1990-91 3
5. CB Ricky Reynolds, 1987-93 3
5. CB Aqib Talib, 2008-12 3
5. LB Richard Wood, 1976-84 3
- The forced fumble was his first of the season and the fumble recovery was his second of the season. He added another forced fumble in the fourth quarter and now has 14 career forced fumbles and eight career fumble recoveries.
- After David scored, the Buccaneers went for two and converted on a Doug Martin rush, the team’s first successful two-point conversion since facing San Diego last season (Jameis Winston pass to Mike Evans, 12/4/16).
- RB Doug Martin scored a one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to finish an 11-play, 70-yard drive lasting 4:15. The rushing touchdown was Martin’s second this season and the second consecutive game he has rushed for a touchdown. He now has 25 career touchdowns, passing Errict Rhett for the third-most in franchise history,
BUCCANEERS CAREER RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS
Rank Player, Year Rush TD
1. Mike Alstott, 1996-2007 58
2. James Wilder, 1981-89 37
3. Doug Martin, 2012-Present 25
4. Errict Rhett, 1994-97 24
5. Reggie Cobb, 1990-93 21
6. Carnell Williams, 2005-10 20
7. Warrick Dunn, 1997-01, 2008 19
8. Ricky Bell, 1977-81 16
9. Earnest Graham, 2004-11 15
9. Lars Tate, 1988-89 15
- The Buccaneers scored their fourth fourth-quarter touchdown when QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a 37-yard score to WR Mike Evans to end a three-play, 65-yard drive that lasted 35 seconds. Fitzpatrick now has three touchdown passes on the season and 169 in his career.
- Evans finished the game with three catches for a team-leading 95 yards and one touchdown. He passed WR Joey Galloway for the fifth-most receiving yards in franchise history.
MOST RECEIVING YARDS - (Team History)
Rank Player Yards
1. WR Mark Carrier, 1987-92 5,018
2. WR Kevin House, 1980-86 4,928
3. WR Vincent Jackson, 2012-2016 4,326
4. TE Jimmie Giles, 1978-86 4,300
5. WR Mike Evans, 2014-Pres. 3,949
6. WR Joey Galloway, 2004-08 3,912
7. WR Keyshawn Johnson, 2000-03 3,828
8. RB James Wilder, 1981-89 3,492
9. WR Gerald Carter, 1981-87 3,443
10. WR Mike Williams, 2010-13 2,947
- Since the start of the 2016 season, Mike Evans and Cam Brate have been in the top 10 in the NFL in receiving touchdowns, with Evans ranking third and Brate ranking seventh in the league during that span.
2016-17 NFL MOST TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS
Rank Player Team TD
1. WR Jordy Nelson GB 20
2. WR Davante Adams GB 17
3. WR Mike Evans TB 15
4. WR Antonio Brown PIT 14
5. WR Odell Beckham Jr. NYG 13
5. WR Michael Crabtree OAK 13
7. TE Cam Brate TB 12
8. WR Dez Bryant DAL 11
8. WR Kenny Stills MIA 11
8. WR Michael Thomas NO 11
- Fitzpatrick finished the day going 22-of-32 for 290 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions, for a passer rating of 102.3. It is Fitzpatrick’s 17th career game throwing for at least three touchdowns and the 27th career game with a passer rating over 100 (min. 10 attempts).
- Fitzpatrck tied an NFL record by throwing a touchdown pass with his seventh team, joining Chris Chandler, Gus Frerotte and Vinny Testaverde.as the only players to do so.
- The Buccaneers scored 33 points in the second half, the second-most they have scored in a half in team history. 27 of those points came in the fourth quarter, the most points in a quarter in team history.
MOST POINTS SCORED IN A HALF - (Team History)
Points Opponent (Half) Date
1. 35 at Oakland (2nd) 11/04/12
2. 33 at Arizona (2nd) 10/15/17
3. 31 vs. Minnesota (1st) 10/29/00
3. 31 vs. Chicago (1st) 12/22/96
5. 30 vs. New Orleans (1st) 12/23/01
MOST POINTS SCORED IN A QUARTER - (Team History)
Points Opponent Date
1. 27 at Arizona (4th) 10/15/17
2. 24 vs. Chicago (2nd) 12/22/96
2. 24 vs. Green Bay (2nd) 11/22/81
4. 21 18 times
- The Buccaneers have totaled over 400 yards of offense in each of the last three games, the second-longest streak in team history (longest – four games, 10/14/12 vs. Kansas City-11/4/12 at Oakland).
- Tampa Bay has 1,910 yards of offense this season, the most through five games in franchise history.
- When QB Ryan Fitzpatrick connected with TE Cam Brate for a completed pass in the second quarter, it marked the first time in NFL history that two players from Harvard did so.
- Both TE Cam Brate and WR Adam Humphries reached/passed the 100-catch mark in their careers with today’s totals. Brate now has 102 career catches. Humphries now has 105 career catches.