Posted November 12, 2012 on AP on Fox
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 had forgotten about the mistake that put the Bucs in an early hole. ''W...
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