Buccaneers edge PatriotsAug 25, 2012 - 3:16 AM Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Josh Freeman threw for 102 yards and rookie running back Doug Martin ran for a touchdown in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 30-28 preseason win over the New England Patriots at Raymond James Stadium.
Freeman completed 10-of-19 passes and Martin gained 53 yards on 13 carries for Tampa Bay. Backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky added a TD pass in the fourth quarter.
New England quarterback Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass and had one of his throws intercepted and returned for a score. Brady finished with 127 yards on 13-of-20 passing, while backup Ryan Mallett capped off two fourth-quarter drives with TD passes.
The Buccaneers drove 68 yards in eight plays on the game's opening series to take a 7-0 lead. Martin, one of two first-round picks by Tampa Bay in this past draft, capped the march with a 1-yard touchdown run.
Later in the first quarter, safety Mark Barron, the Bucs' other first-round selection, picked off a tipped Brady pass and returned it 22 yards to the end zone.
The Patriots struck on their next possession, which stretched into the second quarter, and Stevan Ridley finished the 12-play, 81-yard drive with a 1-yard TD run.
Connor Barth and Kai Forbath both drilled a 50-plus-yard field goal, giving Tampa Bay a 20-7 halftime lead.
Following the break, Forbath connected on a 55-yard field goal before New England tight end Rob Gronkowski caught a 16-yard TD pass late in the third quarter.
- NEW ENGLAND: 28
TAMPA BAY: 30
Aug 24 10:58 PM
- == Preseason == New England Touchdown - 4-yard pass from Ryan Mallett to Jesse Holley. (Step
Patriots 28, Buccaneers 30 4th - 0:33Aug 24 10:56 PM
- == Preseason == New England Touchdown - 3-yard pass from Ryan Mallett to Jeremy Ebert. (Step
Patriots 21, Buccaneers 30 4th - 4:13Aug 24 10:34 PM
- == Preseason == Tampa Bay Touchdown - 8-yard pass from Dan Orlovsky to Sammie Stroughter. (K
Patriots 14, Buccaneers 30 4th - 7:42Aug 24 10:21 PM
- NEW ENGLAND: 14
TAMPA BAY: 23
End of 3rd
Aug 24 10:09 PM
- == Preseason == New England Touchdown - 16-yard pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski. (Step
Patriots 14, Buccaneers 23 3rd - 0:54Aug 24 10:07 PM
- == Preseason == Tampa Bay Field Goal - 55-yarder by Kai Forbath.
Patriots 7, Buccaneers 23 3rd - 4:25Aug 24 9:54 PM
- NEW ENGLAND: 7
TAMPA BAY: 20
Aug 24 9:14 PM
- == Preseason == Tampa Bay Field Goal - 56-yarder by Connor Barth.
Patriots 7, Buccaneers 17 2nd - 6:14Aug 24 8:43 PM
- == Preseason == New England Touchdown - 1-yard run by Stevan Ridley. (Stephen Gostkowski kic
Patriots 7, Buccaneers 14 2nd - 12:07Aug 24 8:24 PM
- NEW ENGLAND: 0
TAMPA BAY: 14
End of 1st
Aug 24 8:16 PM
- == Preseason == Tampa Bay Touchdown - 22-yard interceptioni return by Mark Barron. (Connor B
Patriots 0, Buccaneers 14 1st - 2:58Aug 24 8:08 PM
- == Preseason == Tampa Bay Touchdown - 1-yard run by Doug Martin. (Connor Barth kick)
Patriots 0, Buccaneers 7 1st - 9:36Aug 24 7:50 PM
- NEW ENGLAND: 0
TAMPA BAY: 0
1st Quarter - 15:00
Aug 24 7:40 PM
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- Brady, Patriots rally past Browns 6:33p
- Reports: Gronkowski may have ACL tear 6:25p
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- Patriots hope to inch closer to AFC East crown vs. banged-up Browns Fri
- Patriots bring back WR Collie Thu
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- Ridley inactive for Patriots Dec 1
- Panthers try to prowl past Tampa Bay trap Nov 29
- Reeling Texans hope to avoid 10th straight loss, tangle with Pats Nov 29
- Patriots sign Siliga, Williams Nov 27