Despite an awful first half in which the Minnesota Vikings were able to get out to a 17-0 lead at halftime, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were able to rally behind their quarterback Josh Freeman in order to secure a 24-20 victory yesterday.
The Buccaneers defense looked porous in the first half, allowing nearly 300 yards offense and two rushing touchdowns by running back Adrian Peterson. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers offense looked stagnant, accumulating only 62 yards at the half.
However, the Buccaneers looked like another team in the second half. After forcing Donovan McNabb and the Vikings into a three-and-out on their first possession, the Buccaneers only needed two plays to score their first touchdown of the day, a 27-yard scamper by running back LeGarrette Blount.
The Buccaneers next drive looked just as promising before Freeman threw an interception in the Vikings end zone, thwarting a chance to cut further into the lead.
However, he was able to bounce back in the fourth quarter with a touchdown pass to wide receiver Arrelious Benn, cutting the deficit to a field goal with only seven minutes left in the game.
After getting the ball back, the Buccaneers were able to get their first lead of the game when Blount ran for his second touchdown of the day with less than a minute to go in the game.
With their first victory of the season in hand, the Buccaneers will be welcoming the Atlanta Falcons to town next Sunday in an important divisional game.