The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have retaken the lead, thanks in large part to some big plays by TE Luke Stocker.
The drive began at the Buccaneer 36 after the defense forced the second Falcon punt of the day. Doug Martin lost a yard on the first drive, but did make his presence felt on the next three plays through the play action game.
On play action passes, Josh Freeman connected with Stocker on the next two plays, forst for a gain of 17 where Stocker shows his athleticism hurdling a defender. On the next play, Freeman faked the handoff and rolled to the right before turning and passing to Stocker across the field for a 26-yard gain. With 50 yards already, Stocker has reached a new single-game career high.
On the next play, another play action led to a Freeman completion to FB Erik Lorig, setting the Bucs offense up at the 11-yard line. After two runs, the Bucs were on a third-and-seven from inside the 10-yard line when Freeman dropped back for the pass. He bought some time with his legs before stepping up and hitting WR Mike Williams in the back middle of the end zone. Williams got both feet down and gave the Bucs a one-touchdown lead.
Mike Williams has four receptions on the day for 35 yards and a score. The TD pass is Freeman’s 27th of the season, a Buccaneer-single season record. It is also the 78th of his career, making him also the Buccaneers career leader, passing Vinny Testaverde’s 77.