Originally posted on Buc Stop  |  Last updated 9/15/13
You can check out the whole PDF here.. Click the photo above for the GAME DAY PDF! GAME RECAPS   N.Y. Jets 18, Tampa Bay 17 (Sept. 8, 2013) EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – In the 2013 regular-season opener, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium, losing a tight game that came down to the final seconds of play. The Buccaneers received the opening kickoff, but were forced to punt following technical difficulties with quarterback Josh Freeman’s helmet communication system, which caused successive delay-of-game penalties to be called on Tampa Bay. The Jets also punted away their opening possession after the Buccaneers defense kept them in check, but a facemask penalty during the punt return pinned Tampa Bay at its own five-yard line. Freeman then fumbled the ball out of bounds in the end zone, resulting in a safety for the Jets. Tampa Bay remained strong defensively, holding New York to punts until the Buccaneers’ offense finally found a groove as Freeman led the team on a 44-yard drive that ended with a 17-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Williams. New York answered with a 43- yard field goal by kicker Nick Folk on its following possession, making the score 7-5 in favor of the Buccaneers. Following the Jets field goal, the Buccaneers punted, but immediately got the ball back after linebacker Mason Foster sacked New York quarterback Geno Smith, forcing a fumble that defensive tackle Akeem Spence recovered at the Jets 5. With the Tampa Bay offense back on the field, running back Doug Martin immediately punched the ball into the end zone, giving the Buccaneers the 14-5 advantage. Linebacker Lavonte David intercepted Smith on the ensuing drive, but, upon taking the field, Freeman was also picked off. That led to a Jets touchdown when Smith connected with tight end Kellen Winslow on a seven-yard score, bringing the game to 14-12 before halftime. Despite back-and-forth drives throughout the majority of the second half of play, the Jets took a late lead with just over five minutes left in the game, as Folk connected on a 30-yard field goal, making the score 15-14. The Buccaneers appeared to have the close victory in hand after kicker Rian Lindell hit a 37-yard field goal with 34 seconds left, but the Jets took possession of the ball and – aided by a personal foul call on an out-of-bounds hit to Smith as the quarterback scrambled for yardage – Folk proceeded to put the game away, 18-17, with a successful 48-yard attempt.   Check out the whole GAME DAY PDF by clicking the main photo at top for the same PDF media guide the Press get for the game! ENJOY!
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