Bucs vs. Seahawks
Back like they never left
By: Alyssa Britton Harr
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers played against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, November 13th, in Munich, Germany, at the Allianz Stadium.
The game was exciting for Bucs fans; this was the teams’ first international game played in Germany. This was Tom Brady’s fourth international game; he previously played twice in London and once in Mexico.
After going three-and-out on the first drive, the Buccaneers found their rhythm. Running back Rachaad White had success on the ground with his explosive running creating space, allowing blocks to be developed. Leonard Fournette’s power through tackles complemented Rachaad White’s slash style, which created a connection between the duo and the much needed raw offense. The Bucs had success on their run game which opened up favorable one-on-one matchups for receivers outside.
After both teams were left scoreless in the first half, Tom Brady connected with Julio Jones on a 31-yard touchdown, hitting an 81-yard, 13-play drive to give the Bucs a 7-0 lead. Greatness continued on the offensive drive, a 19-yard gain by Chris Godwin and a 22-yard gain by Scotty Miller that set up a Leonard Fournette one-yard touchdown. This was his third of the season, and the Buccaneers took a 14-0 lead.
The Bucs defense finished off the first half with a Devin White 10-yard sack and Antoine Winfield Jr. third-down tackle loss, which halted Seattle’s drive with an attempt to trim the deficit.
In the third quarter, the Seattle Seahawks received the kickoff and marched down the field into the red zone, but had to settle for a field goal. The Bucs in turn took it back the other way however, a failed trick play as Leonard Fournette attempted a pass to Tom Brady was intercepted by Tariq Woolen. As Seattle tried to capitalize on the turn over; Devin White flew into the backfield for a sack on Geno Smith, forcing the ball out where Anthony Nelson recovered it. This was the first turnover in many games which shifted the Buccaneers’ momentum.
Entering the fourth quarter, Rachaad White, with a 29-yard gain, led the third touchdown of the night. Brady connected with Chris Godwin giving the Bucs a lead 21-3 as the home team in Germany.
The Seahawks responded with their first score of the night as Smith connected with Tyler Lockett, upping the score 21-9 after a failed two-point attempt broken up by Devin White. The Bucs next drive was ended as Brady’s pass was intercepted by Cody Barton. Brady’s first interception in 399 passes.
Seattle’s offense cashed in seven points as Smith connected with Marquise Goodwin in the corner of the endzone, scoring 21-16 with four minutes remaining. The Bucs went for two straight first downs with a big run by Rachaad White and a pass over the middle to Julio Jones. Rachaad White then sealed the victory for Tampa Bay with a slashing 18-yard run.
The Bucs regained their confidence after their victory against the Rams. They have improved to a (5-5) record heading into the bye week and remain first in the NFC South. On Sunday, November 27th, the Buccaneers will be in Ohio playing against the Browns at 1:00 P.M.