1:00 PM ET, November 23, 2008
Ford Field, Detroit, MI
DETROIT -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are getting pretty good at rallying against bad teams after digging big holes.Tampa Bay fell behind the winless Detroit Lions by 17 points, then scored five unanswered touchdowns en route to a 38-20 victory Sunday.
• The Lions' 0-11 record is tied for the second-worst start in team history.
• Detroit lost despite building their largest lead of the season at 17-0.
• The Bucs improved to 8-3, which is just one victory shy of their 2007 win total.
-- ESPN research and The Associated Press
Tampa Bay's Jimmy Wilkerson had two sacks, matching his previous total this season and doubling the sack total from his first five seasons. ... Garcia has lost two fumbles twice in his career and both times it was at Detroit. ... DE Jared DeVries (hand) and LBs Ernie Sims (ankle) were among the Lions injured in the game. ... Clifton Smith, who was cut during training camp and activated in October from the practice squad, is the first Buc with a kickoff and punt return for TDs. "The return game was almost laughed at here for years," coach Jon Gruden said. "We weren't able to take a kick back, and this guy comes out of nowhere and is taking a punt and a kickoff back. He has breakaway speed and he has really made a big impact here in a couple big wins."
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.5||4.0|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||06:07||Calvin Johnson 15 Yd Pass From Daunte Culpepper (Jason Hanson Kick)||0||7|
|TD||04:40||Daniel Bullocks 44 Yd Fumble Return (Jason Hanson Kick)||0||14|
|FG||00:11||Jason Hanson 38 Yd||0||17|
|TD||11:19||Warrick Dunn 13 Yd Run (Matt Bryant Kick)||7||17|
|TD||04:40||Ike Hilliard 36 Yd Pass From Jeff Garcia (Matt Bryant Kick)||14||17|
|TD||03:00||Jerramy Stevens 24 Yd Pass From Jeff Garcia (Matt Bryant Kick)||21||17|
|TD||11:31||Clifton Smith 70 Yd Punt Return (Matt Bryant Kick)||28||17|
|TD||09:01||Ronde Barber 65 Yd Interception Return (Matt Bryant Kick)||35||17|
|FG||02:43||Jason Hanson 40 Yd||35||20|
|FG||12:48||Matt Bryant 48 Yd||38||20|