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Buccaneers Leave Kansas City Defenseless

Monday, November 8, 2004; Page D11



TAMPA, Nov. 7 -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers found a way to beat the Kansas City Chiefs: They simply outscored them.

Tampa Bay Coach Jon Gruden, left, and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin celebrate the Bucs' win. (Chris O'meara -- AP)

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Michael Pittman scored one of his three touchdowns on a team-record 78-yard run and Tampa Bay held off the Chiefs, 34-31, Sunday to give the Bucs (3-5) consecutive victories for just the second time since they won the Super Bowl two years ago.

The Chiefs (3-5) totaled 101 points and 1,130 yards in victories over Atlanta and Indianapolis the previous two weeks, and put up another big day statistically against Tampa Bay.

Trent Green threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns, but was intercepted by Dwight Smith in the end zone with under six minutes to go. He was sacked on consecutive plays to end Kansas City's last threat near midfield.

Priest Holmes scored his 14th rushing touchdown of the season on a two-yard run, but was on the sideline when the Bucs' defense put the clamps on Kansas City's last two drives.

There was no official announcement on why Holmes, who gained 282 yards and scored seven touchdowns the past two weeks, left the game in the third quarter. The league's leading rusher had been listed as probable to play with a sore ankle, and finished with 59 yards on 16 carries.

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