The Bucs fall to division rivals New Orleans in the Superdome - 11/6/2011
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday October 16.
Ntohing beats a win in on national TV in front of a sold out crowd!
In what could possibly be the last NFL Pro Bowl game, the Bucs' trio definitely made Tampa Bay proud.
The league will decide by the time the 2013 season schedule is released in April if the Pro Bowl will continue or be cut from the NFL's playbook. but in the meantime, Bucs fans can be pretty happy with the way their three representatives performed.
Tampa Bay's first round draft pick in 2010 (third overall), Gerald McCoy played an extended period of time in a three-man DT rotation between McCoy, Chicago's Henry Melton and Detroit's Ndamukong Suh. On one of the highlighted plays of the game where retiring center Jeff Saturday (representing the Packers) snapped the ball one last time to the QB who took the ball from him for 12 years in Indianapolis, Denver's Peyton Manning, McCoy ended the play by tackling Houston's Arian Foster for a loss of two yards. Later in the game, McCoy recovered a fumble which led to a five-yard Vincent Jackson TD reception.
Originally slated as a alernate, Jackson was later named to replace Detroit WR Calvin Johnson who sat the exhibition out due injury and made his third trip to Honolulu his most memorable. Catching six passes for 91 yards and two scores, Jackson also gave Bucs fans a little show after air bumping Captain Fear following a touchdown.
With the Vikings' Adrian Peterson and the Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch being the main focus of the first half, the Bucs' rookie sensation didn't see the field until a minute before the half. Martin ran three times for eight yards, but had the biggest impact in the passing game, catching three balls for 40. His day was highlighted by a 28-yard TD grab from Russell Wilson - who was trying to connect with Minnesota tight end and eventul MVP Kyle Rudolph. Uncovered, Martin had a better play on the ball than Rudolph and jumped up and snatched it out of the air. In the end zone, Martin appropriately did the "Dougie" to celebrate.
The NFC won, beating the AFC 62-35 and all three representatives from Tampa Bay were contributors.
If player effort is the biggest reason the NFL is using to cancel the Pro Bowl, all three Bucs argued convincingly for keeping it alive.
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