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06 October 2017

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New England Patriots Postgame Notes (10/5/17)

- On the game’s opening drive, Buccaneers S Justin Evans recorded his first career interception, picking off Patriots QB Tom Brady, the first interception of the season for Brady.
 
- In the first quarter, DT Clinton McDonald recorded his first sack of the season, dropping Brady for a seven-yard loss. McDonald now has 15.0 sacks in his career.
 
- DT Gerald McCoy recorded his first sack of the season in the second quarter, bringing down Brady for a three-yard loss. McCoy now has 43.5 career sacks.
 
- McCoy has 34.5 sacks since 2013, the most among defensive tackles.
 
2013-17 NFL SACK LEADERS – Defensive Tackles
 
Rank         Player                                                Sacks
1.              Gerald McCoy (TB)                           34.5
2.              Geno Atkins (CIN)                              32.0
3.              Aaron Donald (LAR)                           29.0
4.              Jurrell Casey (TEN)                            28.5
5.              Fletcher Cox (PHI)                             25.0
5.              Ndamukong Suh (MIA)                       25.0
 
- Tampa Bay scored their first touchdown of the game in the second quarter, after RB Doug Martin scored on a one-yard touchdown run, finishing off an 11-play, 68-yard drive that took up 5:12. It is the first rushing touchdown of the season and the 24th career rushing touchdown for Martin. His 24 career rushing touchdowns tie 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.           Errict Rhett, 1994-97                                   24
3.           Doug Martin, 2012-Present                        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
 
- In the third quarter, LB Adarius Glanton recorded his first career sack, dropping Brady for a six-yard loss and forcing a fumble that was recovered by DE Will Clarke. It was Glanton’s second career forced fumble and the second career fumble recovery for Clarke (first of the season for each).
 
- The Buccaneers scored their second touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter, with QB Jameis Winston throwing an 18-yard touchdown pass to TE Cameron Brate to cap a nine-play, 74-yard drive lasting 2:17.
 
- Brate has now caught a touchdown in each of the past three games, matching a career best. He joins Jimmie Giles as the only tight ends in franchise history to do so multiple times.
 
- Since the start of the 2016 season, Brate has 11 touchdown receptions, the most in the NFL by a tight end during that span
 
2016-17 NFL MOST TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS - Tight Ends
 
Rank    Player                                   Team           TD
1.         Cam Brate                            TB               11
2.         Hunter Henry                         SD               9
3.         Antonio Gates                       SD               8
3.         Kyle Rudolph                         MIN             8
5.         Martellus Bennett                  GB              7
5.         Delanie Walker                      TEN             7
 
2016-17 NFL MOST TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS
 
Rank    Player                                   Team           TD
1.         WR Jordy Nelson                   GB              19
2.         WR Mike Evans                     TB               14
2.         WR Davante Adams              GB              14
4.         WR Antonio Brown                PIT              13
5.         WR Odell Beckham Jr.           NYG            12
6.         TE Cam Brate                       TB               11
6.         WR Michael Crabtree             OAK            11
6.         WR Michael Thomas              NO              11
9.         WR Dez Bryant                     DAL             10
9.         WR Brandin Cooks                NE               10
9.         WR Rishard Matthews           BUF             10
9.         WR Kenny Stills                     MIA             10
 
- Winston finished the game with 334 passing yards, his third consecutive game with over 300 passing yards, a career best and tied for the longest such streak in franchise history (also Vinny Testaverde, three games: 10/22/89 at Washington-11/5/89 vs. Cleveland).
 
- Winston threw for 225 yards in the fourth quarter, the second-most in franchise history, trailing his own franchise record for passing yards in a quarter (238 yards, fourth quarter at St. Louis, 12/17/15). Winston’s 225 passing yards in tonight’s game are the most by any NFL quarterback in any quarter since that 2015 game.
 
- WR DeSean Jackson caught five passes for 106 yards in tonight’s game, his first 100-yard receiving game with Tampa Bay and the 33rd of his career.
 
- LB Kendell Beckwith totaled 14 tackles in tonight’s game, the most by a Buccaneers rookie since 2012 (Lavonte David, 11/4/12 at Oakland).
 
- The Buccaneers totaled 409 yards of offense in tonight’s game, their second straight game with at least 400 yards of offense. It is the first time that Tampa Bay has registered consecutive games with at least 400 yards of offense since recording a franchise-record four straight in 2012 (10/14/12 vs. Kansas City-11/4/12 at Oakland).
 
- Tampa Bay has recorded consecutive games with 400 yards of offense and no turnovers for just the third time in franchise history (also 10/21/12 vs. New Orleans-10/25/12 at Minnesota; 12/19/10 vs. Detroit-12/26/10 vs. Seattle).
 
- TE Antony Auclair and S Isaiah Johnson each made their NFL debut in tonight’s game.
 
- Today’s inactives:
#37  S     Keith Tandy
#43  S     T.J. Ward
#54  LB    Lavonte David
#58  LB    Kwon Alexander
#66  T      Leonard Wester
#68  C     Joe Hawley
#96  DT   Sealver Siliga
 

OFFENSE
WR    #11  DeSean Jackson
TE     #84  Cam Brate
LT     #76  Donovan Smith
LG     #64  Kevin Pamphile
C       #74  Ali Marpet
RG    #73  J.R. Sweezy
RT     #69  Demar Dotson
TE     #80  O.J. Howard
WR    #13  Mike Evans
QB    #3    Jameis Winston
RB     #32  Jacquizz Rodgers
                     
DEFENSE
DE     #91  Robert Ayers Jr.
DT     #93  Gerald McCoy
DT     #90  Chris Baker
DE     #92  William Gholston
SLB   #53  Adarius Glanton
MLB  #51  Kendell Beckwith
WLB  #59  Devante Bond
CB     #28  Vernon Hargreaves III
CB     #24  Brent Grimes
S       #23  Chris Conte
S       #21  Justin Evans

- Today’s attendance: 64,476
 

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