Highs And LowsJanuary 3rd, 2013
It is that time of the year when just about everyone with a keyboard does a postmortem on the Bucs. Patrick Southern of CBSSports.com, has chimed in with what he considers the Bucs highs and lows of the season.
Interestingly, the low came in the gutless performance against the Eagles before the 2002 Super Bowl champs no less.
Letting one slip away in Week 14 vs. the Eagles: At 6-6 entering a home game against the hapless Eagles, Tampa Bay still felt like it was in playoff contention. Those chances all but ended with a difficult-to-handle 23-21 loss to Philadelphia at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs made rookie QB Nick Foles look like a Pro Bowler. He threw for 381 yards and led a comeback from an 11-point deficit in the final seven minutes, capping it off with a game-winning 1-yard TD pass to Jeremy Maclin as time expired.
This game was the definition of futility, from Josh Freeman’s horrific first half to the pass defense, which couldn’t have stopped Clearwater Central Catholic most of the season.
The Giants ending was brutal. The Dallass game was awful. The loss to the Dixie Chicks, Broncos and (first) Saints game were all frustrating. The second Saints game was no less than embarrassing. But none were as gut-punching as losing to an awful team with a lame duck coach and a third round pick of a rookie quarterback.