In a season of horror, this was one for the books. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday traveled to the other side of the country to play the struggling Seattle Seahawks, and when it was all over the final score was 24-7 Bucs. They'll take it.
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The Bucs secured their second win of the season (with two games remaining) for a 2-12 record so far, and quarterback Josh Freeman recorded his first touchdown pass since Week 12. He finished the game with 205 yards passing and two touchdowns, and surrendered just one interception.
The Buccaneers' defense, which hasn't scared many quarterbacks of late, forced five turnovers on the Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. His third turnover in 2 1/2 quarters came when receiver Deion Branch fell running his route. Tanard Jackson intercepted the pass. On the next play Carnell Williams took a screen pass from Freeman and went 22 yards for Tampa Bay's first touchdown in 12 quarters, since the second half in Atlanta on Nov. 29.
That gave the Buccaneers a 13-7 lead midway through the third quarter.
Then Sammie Stroughter returned a punt 33 yards to put the Bucs in Seattle territory for the fourth time. Freeman completed two third-down passes to Stroughter. On third-and-goal he faked, then plopped a pass to Derrick Ward for the TD, then Freeman ran it in for a two-point conversion.
It was a good day for the Bucs, who had four interceptions, scored the final 24 points of the game and scored 10 points off five Seahawks turnovers.
The Buccaneers play the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 27 in New Orleans, and close out the season with a Jan. 3 game at home against the Atlanta Falcons.