Josh Freeman Panting After WinNovember 18th, 2012
How happy was Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman after the Bucs’ thrilling, come-from-behind, overtime win? Just minutes after the game while appearing on the Bucs radio network, Freeman was panting like Joe would just after a sheet-thrashing tryst with Rachel Watson.
“This is a great team win. Just one win, just like any other win. I think we came together as a team. I sure as heck didn’t play my best game, we were struggling but guys sacrificing their bodies, whatever it took to make plays at the end. Defense did the job at the end. Nobody flinched. Everybody kept playing. Tiquan got blasted but held on. Dallas Clark stepped up and make two huge plays for us. We have to learn from our mistakes and learn not to make these games so close.”
On the winning play: “It was a play we put in earlier this week. I had to go to [Clark] earlier than I wanted to but I’m glad I did.”
On the two-point play to send the game into overtime: “It was a run-play option. Initially [the Stinkin’ Panthers] came out in a blitz and we switched to a pass. We didn’t flinch. We didn’t move. Vincent came up big and split a double-team look.”
On the win: “The Carolina Panthers, they are a good football team. You don’t want to give Cam Newton the ball back. Our focus was to run our offense, one play at a time. It was an all-around team effort.
“It’s a big win on an emotional scale, but it’s just one win. We have to go out and execute better.”