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Buccaneers take apart Patriots

Aug 18, 2008 - 2:59 AM TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- Backup quarterbacks Brian Griese and Luke McCown both were impressive as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the New England Patriots 27-10 Sunday in preseason action.

Griese and McCown both directed long touchdown drives as the Bucs easily handled the Patriots, who were playing without quarterback Tom Brady.

Griese finished 9-for-10 for 44 yards while McCown was 7-for-10 for 79 yards and a touchdown pass to Byron Storer. Both are battling to be the backup to starter Jeff Garcia, who didn't play.

Brady did not make the trip here. He remained in New England to rest a foot injury that sidelined him last week against the Baltimore Ravens.

Behind Griese, the Bucs opened the game with a 17-play, 80-yard drive that culminated in Earnest Graham's 1-yard

touchdown. In the second quarter, McCown directed an eight-play, 86-yard drive that ended with McCown's 1-yard pass to Storer for a 17-0 lead.

Michael Bennett finished with 57 yards rushing on eight carries for the Bucs, who also scored on Sabby Piscitelli's 24-yard fumble return.

New England strong safety Brandon Meriweather left in the second quarter with a leg injury. The extent of his injury was unknown.

Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 53-yard field goal on the final play of the first half and Heath Evans added a 1-yard run to account for the Patriots' two scores.








  • NFL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW ENGLAND 0 3 0 7 10
    TAMPA BAY 7 10 10 0 27 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: TAM - TD, EARNEST GRAHAM 1 YD RUN (MATT
    BRYANT KICK), 9:38. TAMPA BAY 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: TAM - FG, MATT BRYANT 34 YD, 7:36. Drive: 9
    plays, 59 yards in 4:26. TAMPA BAY
    10-0
    TAM - TD, BYRON STOR

    Aug 17 10:45 PM


  • NFL
    TD NWE
    HEATH EVANS 1 YD RUN
    (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)
    NEW ENGLAND 10
    TAMPA BAY 27 10:20 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Patriots 10, Buccaneers 27  4th - 10:20Aug 17 10:20 PM


  • NFL
    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW ENGLAND 0 3 0 3
    TAMPA BAY 7 10 10 27 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: TAM - TD, EARNEST GRAHAM 1 YD RUN (MATT
    BRYANT KICK), 9:38. TAMPA BAY 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: TAM - FG, MATT BRYANT 34 YD, 7:36. Drive: 9
    plays, 59 yards in 4:26. TAMPA BAY
    10-0
    TAM - TD, BYR

    Aug 17 10:11 PM


  • NFL
    FG TAM
    MATT BRYANT 23 YD
    NEW ENGLAND 3
    TAMPA BAY 27 7:38 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Patriots 3, Buccaneers 27  3rd - 7:38Aug 17 9:56 PM


  • NFL
    TD TAM
    SABBY PISCITELLI 24 YD FUMBLE RETURN
    (MATT BRYANT KICK)
    NEW ENGLAND 3
    TAMPA BAY 24 14:44 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Patriots 3, Buccaneers 24  3rd - 14:44Aug 17 9:37 PM


  • NFL
    FG NWE
    STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI 53 YD
    NEW ENGLAND 3
    TAMPA BAY 17 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Patriots 3, Buccaneers 17  HalfAug 17 9:19 PM
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  • NFL
    TD TAM
    BYRON STORER 1 YD PASS FROM LUKE MCCOWN
    (MATT BRYANT KICK)
    NEW ENGLAND 0
    TAMPA BAY 17 1:13 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Patriots 0, Buccaneers 17  2nd - 1:13Aug 17 9:13 PM


  • NFL
    FG TAM
    MATT BRYANT 34 YD
    NEW ENGLAND 0
    TAMPA BAY 10 7:24 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Patriots 0, Buccaneers 10  2nd - 7:24Aug 17 8:58 PM


  • NFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW ENGLAND 0 0
    TAMPA BAY 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: TAM - TD, EARNEST GRAHAM 1 YD RUN (MATT
    BRYANT KICK), 9:38. TAMPA BAY 7-0

    Aug 17 8:42 PM
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  • CORRECTION
    NFL TD TAM
    EARNEST GRAHAM 1 YD RUN
    (MATT BRYANT KICK)
    NEW ENGLAND 0
    TAMPA BAY 7 5:22 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Patriots 0, Buccaneers 7  1st - 5:22Aug 17 8:27 PM


  • NFL
    TD TAM
    EARNEST GRAHAM 1 YD RUN
    (MATT BRYANT PASS FOR TWO-POINT CONVERSION)
    NEW ENGLAND 0
    TAMPA BAY 8 5:22 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Patriots 0, Buccaneers 8  1st - 5:22Aug 17 8:23 PM
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