The Buccaneers were able to answer back after the fast strike from the San Diego Chargers.
The Bucs started their drive at the 20-yard line and made quick work of a first down on a 14-yard Doug Martin run. Martin continues to build his reputation, as he looked to be tackled for a short game before breaking it outside.
On the next set of downs, QB Josh Freeman escaped pressure and hit Vincent Jackson to convert a crucial third down at midfield. And from there, the Bucs looked like the explosive offense they have proven to be in the last few weeks. After a long incompletion from Freeman to Jackson, Freeman dumped one off short to Doug Martin who took it all the way to the six-yard line, a 42-yard pitch and catch.
Two plays later, from the three-yard line, Freeman play-faked and dropped the pass to a wide open TE Dallas Clark in the end zone for the touchdown. Connor Barth’s extra point tied the game at 7.
The ensuing kickoff again flew out the back of the end zone for a touchback. The Chargers take over at the 20 with 8:57 left in the first quarter.