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Leonard Johnson was as surprised as anyone when Philip Rivers' ill-advised pass wound up in his hands.
''The ball came right to me,'' Tampa Bay's rookie cornerback said Sunday. ''I was just so excited. I grabbed it and just went to running.''
Up the sideline, breaking through the grasp of a would-be tackler near midfield and outrunning the remainder of the pursuit for an 83-yard interception return for a touchdown that helped the surging Buccaneers beat the Chargers 34-24.
''I was shocked that I caught the ball first of all, with my hands instead of my body,'' said Johnson, who redeemed himself for missing a tackle on a short reception that San Diego's Danario Alexander turned into an 80-yard TD on the Chargers' third offensive play of the game.
By the time Johnson's first touchdown since high school extended Tampa Bay's lead to 31-21 early in the fourth quarter, the undrafted rookie from Iowa State said he ...
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TAMPA, Fla. -- One minute into the game, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Leonard Johnson looked like the right player for Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to pick on, but it was the rookie who wound up with the winning pick in a 34-24 win at Raymond James Stadium. Johnson intercepted Rivers' pass intended for wide receiver Eddie Royal and sprinted 83 yards for a touchdown...
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Josh Freeman threw two touchdown passes and the surging Buccaneers scored on a blocked punt and Leonard Johnson's 83-yard interception return to beat the Chargers 34-24 for their third straight win Sunday.
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay's suddenly potent offense got some unexpected help in rolling to another high-scoring victory over Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers.
From the Buccaneers' defense and special teams.
Josh Freeman threw a pair of touchdown passes and the surging Buccaneers scored on a blocked punt and Leonard Johnson's 83-yard interception return to...
The Bucs defense found themselves up against the wall for the majority of the game. After some key plays on defense and special teams, Tampa Bay sent the Chargers back to San Diego with a 34-24 loss on Sunday. Philip Rivers and the Chargers struck first just three plays into the game. A 10-yard pass to Danario Alexander turned into an 80-yard catch and run when he broke free from...
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