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21 December 2014

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Green Bay Packers Postgame Notes (12/21/14)

- After the two teams traded 3-and-outs to open the game, the Buccaneers made the first big play of the game, with DE Michael Johnson sacking Packers QB Aaron Rodgers for an eight-yard loss and forcing a fumble that was recovered by DT Clinton McDonald.
                      
- The sack is Johnson’s fourth of the year, giving him 30.5 in his career. The forced fumble was his second this season and the fifth of his career.
 
- McDonald now has two fumble recoveries on the year and four in his career. His two fumble recoveries are a single-season career high.
 
- With a 22-yard reception in the second quarter, WR Mike Evans passed Mike Williams for second-most receiving yards by a Buccaneers rookie. Evans finished the game with four catches for 49 yards.
 
MOST RECEIVING YARDS BY A ROOKIE – Team History
Rank         Player                                                Yards
1.              WR Michael Clayton, 2004                  1,193
2.              WR Mike Evans, 2014                       997
3.              WR Mike Williams, 2010                     964
4.              WR Lawrence Dawsey, 1991              818
5.              WR Horace Copeland, 1993                633
 
- On the final play of the first half, K Patrick Murray connected on a 43-yard field goal attempt. He has now made 11 consecutive field goals.
 
- CB Alterraun Verner had a season-high nine tackles in today’s game, the most he has had in a game since 2012, when he was a member of the Tennessee Titans (9/9/12 vs. New England).
 
- WR Tavarres King and DT George Uko each made their NFL debut in today’s game.
 
- Today’s attendance: 64,247

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