GLENDALE http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/phillip-gaines-jersey , Ariz. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell into a big early hole, appearing as if they were headed toward another ugly loss at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals.
The Buccaneers managed to put together a second-half charge, but got the comeback going a bit too late to pull out a road victory.
Overmatched while falling into a 31-0 hole, Tampa Bay snapped to life under backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick before falling 38-33 to the Cardinals on Sunday.Article continues below ...
”You can’t spot an NFL team 31 points and think you’re going to come back. You can’t spot an NFL team any points,” Buccaneers coach Dick Koetter said. ”It’s disappointing, it’s embarrassing, and it starts with me.”
The Buccaneers (2-3) looked awful in the first half, allowing Carson Palmer to pick them apart and Adrian Peterson run right through them while falling into a 24-0 hole.
The Cardinals (3-3) went up 31-0 early in the third quarter on Palmer’s third touchdown pass – 17 yards to John Brown – before the Buccaneers finally found a spark.
Fitzpatrick http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/jeremy-kerley-jersey , forced into the game after Jameis Winston’s right shoulder injury in the second quarter, revved Tampa Bay’s offense into a rhythm in the second half, throwing a pair of touchdown passes.
After a pair of failed 2-point conversions, linebacker Lavonte David scooped up Larry Fitzgerald’s fumble and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown. A successful 2-pointer pulled the Buccaneers with 31-20.
They had a chance. Then came Fitzpatrick’s costliest mistake.