Second quarter

Posted by Clare Farnsworth on December 26, 2010 – 2:52 pm

Peephole perspective: Bucs QB John Freeman threw a pair of TD passes. Tampa 17-7.

Player of the quarter: Freeman. He completed 3 of 4 passes on the drive to the Bucs’ first TD and 3 of 5 on the drive to the second, when he also ran for a first down on a third-down play.

Play of the quarter: On the Bucs’ first possession of the quarter, and with the Seahawks leading 7-3, FS Earl Thomas stripped the ball from RB LeGarrette Blount. But the Bucs recovered at the Seahawks’ 8 and scored three plays later.

Number of the quarter: 93. That’s Craig Terrill’s uniform number. He blocked a field-goal attempt late in the quarter, his third this season and the eighth of his career to tie Joe Nash’s club record.

The bigger picture: The Bucs took the lead on the eighth play of the quarter as Freeman passed 10 yards to TE Kellen Winslow for a TD. The play capped a six-play, 52-yard drive that was set up when Jon Ryan’s 17-yard punt went out of bounds at the Bucs’ 48. Freeman opened the drive with passes of 16 and 19 yards to WR Mike Williams. The series also included Thomas stripping the ball from Blount, but the Bucs recovered at the Seahawks’ 8. Freeman was 3 of 4 for 45 yards in the drive. But the Bucs lost WR Arrelious Benn to a knee injury.

Charlie Whitehurst’s second possession while subbing for an injured Matt Hasselbeck turned into a second three-and-out. Another subpar punt from Ryan into a stiff wind – this time a 34-yarder – gave the Bucs the ball at their 41.  The Bucs capitalized again, as Freeman went to Williams for a 20-yard TD and third-and-10 to cap a nine-play, 59-yard drive. Freeman was 3 of 5 for 45 yards. Freeman also ran for 3 yards on a third-and-1 play. But the drive cost the Bucs another player, as FB Earnest Graham went out with a neck injury after colliding with Seahawks LB Aaron Curry.

The Seahawks moved the Bucs’ 37 on their next possession, but the six-play drive stalled when Whitehurst scrambled on third-and-2 and was dropped for no gain by MLB  Barrett Ruud. The play was ruled a sack.

Freeman went to work again, passing and running the Bucs to the Seahawks’ 26. On consecutive plays, Freeman passed for 13 yards, ran for 11, passed for 20 and ran for 9. But when the drive stalled, Terrill blocked a 44-yard field attempt.


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