Bucs Killed Their Own MomentumDecember 2nd, 2012
The Bucs got a huge gift of a momentum swing late in the first half and proceeded to implode and the offense took another two quarters to recover.
The mysterious nosedive came at the worst time.
Joe’s going back here to the Bucs leading 10-7 with about 5:13 left in the first half. The zebras missed a clear pass-interference yank of Dallas Clark’s jersey, and on the next play Josh Freeman made an ugly throw that was intercepted, but a roughing the passer call saved the drive and put the Bucs on the Denver 49 yard line.
The Bucs had momentum and the ball with 5:00 left in the half. But then the playcalling and execution fell apart and didn’t return until late in the game. Erik Lorig dropped an easy pass. Freeman was hit and threw an incompletion. And then Freeman threw incomplete to D.J. Ware, who wasn’t going to do much with that pass anyway. That whole sequence came at a terrible time, when the Broncos were vulnerable.
One more first down there and the Bucs are in field goal range and chewing up precious clock. Success there doesn’t win the game, but the Bucs never recovered.
Mike Sullivan, if he’s not busy emailing resumes, should start right there when examining what went wrong with his unit.