Josh Freeman converted on four third-and-long passes to keep a long, early fourth quarter drive alive which led to a Doug Martin touchdown that makes this a three-possession ball game.
After an incredibly physical end to the third quarter, the Buccaneer looked to eat up the clock to protect their 13-point lead.
On a third-and-6 in the beginning of the drive, Josh Freeman connected with Vincent Jackson for 14 yards. Three plays later, the Bucs faced third-and-10, when Freeman connected with WR Tiquan Underwood for 12 yards. Fast forward three more plays to a third-and-10, where Josh Freeman found WR Mike Williams who made an incredible leaping grab good for 34 yards.
Now inside the red zone, the Buccaneers found themselves in a fourth third down situation with nine yards to gain when Freeman found Williams again for 11 yards over the middle.
Then, apparently just for good measure, the Buccaneers ran two plays, got to the one yard line, and on third-and-goal, RB Doug Martin took the hand off and barreled into the end zone, taking a few Viking defenders with him.
Martin has 135 yards rushing, 79 yards receiving and two touchdowns on the day. The drive lasted 9:09.
The Buccaneers attempted a two-point conversion, which would have brought the lead to 21 points, but the ball fell incomplete. The Bucs are up on the Vikings 36-17 with just over seven minutes remaining.