What looked to be a high-scoring affair has turned out to be just that. The game has yielded 31 offensive points in 30 minutes of play, the other seven coming on a blocked punt returned for a score by the Buccaneers.
For the Buccaneers, QB Josh Freeman has dropped back 10 times and connected on six of them for 118 yards and a passing touchdown. His touchdown pass fell into the hands of TE Dallas Clark. WR Mike Williams has hauled in one pass for 52 yards, making him the Buccaneers leading receiver. Doug Martin also has one catch that went for 42 yards. Vincent Jackson has caught two passes for 12 yards against his former team.
On six carries today, RB Doug Martin has 32 rushing yards.
LB Lavonte David leads the team with seven solo tackles on the day so far. LB Mason Foster has added a sack of his own. The Buccaneers biggest play was on a Dekoda Watson blocked punt that was recovered and ran in for a 29-yard touchdown by Adam Hayward.
For the Chargers, Rivers has added to his impressive first quarter totals, taking his stats up to 218 yards passing and three touchdowns on 16 completions. TE Danario Alexander is his leading receiver with two catches of 94 yards. His long was an 80-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the game. Fellow tight end Antonio Gates has four receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown. Malcolm Floyd caught the third TD with less than 30 seconds left in the game.
It wasn’t until the last drive that the Chargers could gain any ground in their running game. Mathews brought his total up to 38 yards on 10 carries.
Defensively, the team is led by Corey Liuget who has five total tackles. LB Donald Butler has added a sack.
The Buccaneers will receive the opening kickoff of the second half. They will look to take back the lead, going into the final 30 minutes of the game down 21-17.