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article imageNFL: Buccaneers keep Colts losing streak going with 24-17 win

By Austin Tyler     Oct 4, 2011 in Sports
Tampa - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been rolling since they lost their season opener. They have now pulled off three in a row, and survived the attack of a hungry Indianapolis Colts team that was looking to get their first win of the season.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1) hosted the Indianapolis Colts (0-4) in a Monday night matchup that seen the Colts start a new quarterback in Curtis Painter. The Colts had been starting veteran Kerry Collins, but made a move this week and it almost paid off. As for Tampa they have found a grove to start the season and are looking like a team to be taken serious.
The Colts got the ball moving on the opening drive as they mixed the run and pass to move down the field. Curtis Painter (13/30, 281 yards, 2 TD’s) got it going through the air and Joseph Addai (11 carries, 41 yards) got it going on the ground. Painter’s biggest gain came on a 21-yard pass to Dallas Clark (3 receptions, 46 yards) that put them in position for a field-goal because the drive stalled. Adam Vinatieri came on and made a 45-yard field-goal to give the Colts a 3-0 lead.
The Buccaneers took over after the kickoff and quickly went three and out, and punting the ball back to the Colts. Indy took over and got the ball moving with Addai as he had a 5-yard run and a 9-yard run on back-to-back carries. Painter than tried to get the ball moving in the air, but was sacked by Michael Bennett. Bennett hit Painter which forced him to fumble and then Bennett recovered it also.
Tampa took over but could not get the ball moving as they only gained 4-yards on the drive. They went three and out and had Connor Barth come on to attempt a 46-yard field-goal, but it went to the right and hit the upright. The Colts took over but could not get the ball moving as they were forced to punt the ball away.
Josh Freeman (25/39, 287 yards, 1 TD) came on and got it going with LeGarrette Blount (25 carries, 127 yards, 1 TD) opening the drive with a 13-yard run. Freeman had hit Arrelious Benn with a 62-yard touchdown pass, but it was nullified by an illegal touch penalty. They could not get the ball moving again after that and had to punt the ball away.
With 10:14 left in the half the Colts got the ball and scored quick as Painter connected with Pierre Garcon (2 receptions, 146 yards, 2 TD’s) on an 87-yard pass and catch that went for a touchdown. The touchdown put the Colts up 10-0 with 8:47 left in the game.
The Buccaneers got the ball going again as Freeman hit Kellen Winslow (5 receptions, 33 yards) 21-yard pass, and on the next play connected with Benn with his only catch for 43-yards. Freeman used his arm to move the ball 81-yards, and he finished the drive with a 1-yard run to finally put the Bucs on the scoreboard 10-7.
With 1:52 left in the half the Bucs got the ball again, and Freeman came on to help the Bucs offense get going. Earnest Graham (2 carries, 24 yards) broke for a 31-yard gain then after that Freeman used his arm to move Bucs the rest of the way as they got in position to kick a field-goal. Barth came on and kicked in a 37-yard field-goal to tie game, but the field-goal was nullified by a penalty. There were too many players on the field and the game went into halftime with the score 10-7.
The Buccaneers got the ball to start the second half and they got the offense going with the run and pass. Freeman hit Mike Williams (5 receptions, 66 yards) with a 23-yard pass as the Bucs move the ball 54-yards on this drive. They could not keep the drive going and had to settle for another field-goal. Barth came on and made a 46-yard field-goal to tie the game up at 10-points apiece.
Both teams traded punts on their next possessions, then with 7:22 left in the third quarter the Colts struck quick with Painter hitting Garcon for another touchdown. Painter connected with Garcon on a 59-yard pass that put the Colts up 17-10.
Tampa bounced right back and got the ball moving as Freeman moved the ball 65-yards on this drive. Freeman hit Preston Parker (5 receptions, 70 yards, 1 TD) with a 21-yard pass to get the drive down the field. After that the Bucs dinked and dunked their way down the field till Freeman hit Parker with another pass. Freeman connected with parker on a 13-yard pass that went for a touchdown and tied the game up at 17-points apiece.
The fourth quarter opened up and the Colts offense looked like it got things going as they marched down the field. They moved the ball 52-yards before their drive stalled and Vinatieri came on to kick a field-goal. He lined up for a 43-yard field-goal, but it went wide left and Tampa took over with 11:38 to go.
The Bucs could not move the ball and they punted the ball back to the Colts. Indy struggled to on their drive and ended up punting the ball away as well. With 6:47 left in the game the Bucs moved the ball Blount who had a 10-yard run then a 3-yard run. Freeman then ran on back-to-back plays to get the Bucs a first down. Blount then broke a 35-yard run to score a touchdown that gave them the lead 24-17.
The Colts had a chance to tie the game up, but they went three and out with 2:46 left on the clock. The Bucs ran the clock out with Blount and Freeman to lead the Bucs to a 3-1 record.
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